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Certificate Program in Grant Writing

Successful grant writing is critical to the survival of some nonprofits; for some lucky others, it is frosting on the cake. In order to attract the interest of funders, organizations must demonstrate substantive programming, good supporting data and financial viability, and they must package this complex information in a clear and convincing style. Research to find a likely funding source and then developing a proposal that will both meet unique guidelines and rise above the competition is also crucial to success.

Nonprofit organizations must either grow their own in-house expertise or hire consultants to help them through the often confusing grant application process. If you work for a nonprofit or serve as a volunteer board member, the grant writing expertise you contribute will be a highly valued commodity.

The Certificate Program in Grant Writing provides an intensive opportunity to acquire the knowledge and practice the skills necessary to succeed in today's competitive grant writing environment. Instructor Jack Smith is an accomplished grant writer with an easygoing style who packs each day with a vast amount of content and expertise. In addition, you'll receive an extensive package of materials to use both during the week and for future grant writing projects.

This certificate program is composed of four courses held over five days. Individuals who have already taken any of these courses at USM Center for Continuing Education can receive credit toward the full certificate.

Required Courses (30 hours)

  • Introduction to Grant Writing (6 hours)
  • Hands-on Grant-Writing Workshop (12 hours)
  • Grant Research: Targeting Funds for Nonprofits Online (6 hours)
  • Coordinating Grant Writing with Development (6 hours)

A laptop computer is required for 3 days of the program and familiarity with the personal computer environment is highly recommended as a prerequisite for this program.

Jack Smith, M.P.A., is a nationally recognized grant writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1987, his consulting practice has provided grant-writing services to more than 150 organizations, including the Huntington's Disease Society of America, Catholic Charities of Greater Atlanta, Y-Clubs of Georgia, Century Pacific Housing, and the Maine Center for Community Dental Health. He has taught grant-writing skills for the state governments of Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Vermont and for agencies and clients of the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Cherokee Nation. Each year, more than 1,000 participants attend one of his full-day classes. He serves as adjunct instructor at the University of Georgia, Emory University, Duke University, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Management Institute.

Monday, December 8 through Friday, December 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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$750 (30 contact hours/ 3.0 CEUs)
Abromson Center, 88 Bedford Street, USM Portland campus


Lunch is included on Friday. A laptop computer of recent vintage and wireless capacity and participant familiarity with the personal computer environment are required for this program. Please bring a grant proposal idea with you to use in class.Class meets Monday through Friday, 12/8 - 12/12.