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Discover, write, and secure the funding you need with ease.

My self-paced online course will teach you to write effective grant proposals with time-saving skills and strategies.

Struggling to get the funding you need with the limited capacity you have?

As a professional who makes an impact, facing off with a grant application is a daunting task… especially when a deadline is looming ahead.


One-time investment, a lifetime of funding.


Imagine crafting a grant proposal worth millions with confidence and no surprises.

Know exactly what reviewers are looking for and how to create a program to reach the funder’s outcomes.

  • 12 hours of recorded video instruction
  • 8 modules covering grant writing key concepts
  • Includes templates, slides, and downloadable handouts to support your learning
  • Develop a full grant proposal throughout the course

This is built for you if you’re…

Super stressed and writing a grant for the very first time.

(yep, been there before!)

Looking for affordable high-quality grant writing training.

(investing in yourself is important.)

Not sure if you should hire a grant writer or DIY.

(this is the right place.)

No experience necessary.

No prior grant writing experience is needed, although it certainly can’t hurt. This course is not for grant writers.

It is for organizations with an impact mission who want sustainable grant writing capacity in-house.

Simplifying grant writing.

Grant writing can be stressful when you’re focused on getting the highest score possible. Get shortcuts that speed up your information gathering, writing, and idea-refining so you can.

Here’s a hint: This course shows you how to leverage Artificial Intelligence and online tools to make yourself a better grant writer.

Getting funding made easier.

This course focuses on the foundational to advanced grant writing skills and knowledge. We go beyond the basics to teach you what grant reviewers at all levels are looking for.

In this course you will create an application in real time for a federal, state, or local competition. You choose your own adventure.

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Not sure how to create a million dollar program?

Take the uncertainty out of grant writing by learning the skills you need to win multiple grant competitions. Wow grant reviewers with the specificity they’re looking for.
What you’ll get:
  • Draft a grant proposal rubric to help you with future grants
  • Align your new or existing program with funder’s priorities
  • Draft a budget, budget narrative, and logic model
  • Understand how funders and reviewers think and what they look for
  • Explore local, state, and federal funding for your specific issue
  • Clarify the funding strategy that will work best for your organization

Empowering you to go beyond grant writing by showing you how implement and sustain your work.

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Meet Your Instructor- Wendie Veloz

Have you ever wished you had an inside track to understanding the grant writing process? Wondered what it takes to stand out in a sea of applications? Well, you’re in luck because I’m here to reveal all those secrets and more!

With over 15 years of experience in the field, I’ve been the mastermind behind successful multi-million dollar grant programs. I’ve managed grants, overseen competitions, and even created programs from scratch. As a seasoned grant reviewer, I know exactly what funders are looking for and how they think.

But my expertise doesn’t stop there. I now use my wealth of knowledge to empower clients like you to implement sustainable strategies for social change. I specialize in untangling the complexities of federal, state, and local funding, creating synergy to solve even the most complex problems.

What sets this course apart is its unique approach. Unlike anything else on the market, it focuses on what you need to do in advance, even before securing funding. I’ll equip you with the tools and techniques to be fully prepared to put that money into action once you’ve secured it.

If you’re ready to develop sustainable grant writing capacity in your organization, I’m here to make it happen. I offer you access to the very tools that are typically reserved for grantees only after they’ve received funding. These are the same proven methods I’ve successfully taught to new grantees and my own team as a funder.

Together, we’ll work towards reaching your funding goals and creating a lasting impact. Get ready to unlock the secrets of effective grant writing and secure the support your organization deserves.

Looking forward to guiding you on this transformative journey. Let’s make your funding dreams a reality!

Course Outline

Each interactive module is designed to help you learn essential parts of the grant writing process.

Master the Basics

Learn the foundational principles of grant writing, including what funders are looking for: how to articulate your project’s purpose and objectives, write a needs statement, and develop a compelling narrative. By the end of this week, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the key components that make a successful grant proposal.

  • Understand the importance of grant writing and its role in securing sustainable funding for your short and long-term goals
  • Identify the key elements of a grant proposal and what funders are looking for
  • Understanding grant competitions and scoring
  • Preparing for implementation and sustainability

Funding at every level

This week, you will learn about local, state, and federal grants and how to assess the opportunities available to you. By the end of this module, you’ll have a comprehensive understanding of the federal grant landscape, how to navigate, and how to assess the eligibility and fit of different grant programs.

  • The basics of federal funding appropriations and how money flows to state and local levels
  • How to search for local, state, and federal grants
  • Evaluate grant eligibility criteria and identify the best-fit opportunities for your project
  • Assess the requirements and guidelines of federal grant programs
  • Ensure your organization is ready, willing, and able to handle rapid growth and grant management
  • Navigate and other resources to find relevant grant opportunities

Sustainability from the start

This week, you will learn how to assess the needs of your target population and community so you can create a project plan that is sustainable. By the end of this module, you will be able to conduct a needs assessment and resource scan for a funding opportunity.

  • Conduct a needs assessment and environmental scan to identify community needs
  • Articulate the problem or opportunity your project addresses through a needs statement
  • Use your needs, resources, and gaps to identify your population of focus and catchment area
  • Analyze your data to define needs and gaps to tailor your implementation plan

Transformational narratives get funded

This week you will focus on developing a compelling narrative for your grant proposal that tells the story of your project and engages funders. By the end of this week, you will begin to craft a narrative that showcases the potential impact of your project and captures the attention of funders.

  • Understand the purpose of a narrative in a grant proposal
  • Begin developing a project plan that includes clear goals, objectives, and outcomes
  • Identify the key elements of a compelling narrative
  • Use storytelling techniques to engage funders and capture their attention
  • Showcase your organization’s capacity to ensure the outcomes are reached
  • Strategies to finalize your narrative for reviewers

Create sustainable and actionable strategies

This week, you will learn how to create effective programs using evidence-based strategies. By the end of this module, you will develop a program or set of strategies that are tailored to your target population, incorporate evidence-based practices (EBP), and align with the goals and objectives of your ideal funder.

  • Understand the importance of evidence-based programs
  • Develop a program that is tailored to your target population
  • Develop clear objectives, outcomes, and SMART goals that align with your funder’s priorities
  • Learn Idea Surgery to align your program goals, objectives, and activities
  • Advanced EBP strategies: fidelity, efficacy & adaptations

Master-level budgeting

In this module, you’ll learn how to develop a comprehensive budget and budget narrative for your grant proposal. By the end of this week, you’ll have the skills to create a realistic and compelling budget that aligns with your project’s goals and effectively communicates the financial needs of your initiative.

  • Understand the importance of a well-planned budget in grant proposals
  • Identify the key components of a line-item budget and budget narrative
  • Develop a realistic budget that accurately reflects the financial needs of your project
  • Align your budget with the goals and objectives of your grant proposal
  • Craft a budget narrative that effectively communicates the financial aspects of your project
  • Advanced budgeting considerations: multiple funding streams, partners, in-kind/match requirements, and indirect cost

Implement for outcomes

This week, you will delve into the critical aspects of evaluation, getting to outcomes, and logic models in grant proposals. By the end of this module, you will have the knowledge and tools to design an effective evaluation statement, articulate the outcomes of your project, and create a logic model that showcases the logical progression of your activities and expected results.

  • Understand the importance of evaluation in grant-funded projects
  • Design an evaluation statement that aligns with the goals and objectives of your project and funder
  • Articulate the desired outcomes and impacts of your project
  • Advanced skills: Develop a logic model that demonstrates the logical progression of activities and expected results

Final details matter

In this final module, you’ll learn about the submission process, scoring criteria, and additional elements that can enhance the strength of your grant proposal. By the end of this week, you will have the knowledge and insights to navigate the final steps of the grant writing process, increase your proposal’s chances of success, and avoid common errors.

  • Understand the submission process for grant proposals
  • Review the required forms used by your funder
  • Learn about the scoring criteria used by grant reviewers
  • Incorporate additional elements such as letters of support and appendices to strengthen your proposal
  • Gain insights into effective strategies for follow-up and post-award management
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“What sets you apart is your ability to share a wealth of unique strategies, tips, and insights that I believe most grant writers wouldn’t know.”

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Course Modules

To be successful in this course, participants will progress to the subsequent module once they’ve completed the previous one.
Each module. has 4 parts:

Video Lessons
Application Video
Homework assignment

You are only encouraged to apply to this course if you can commit up to 12 hours per week to:

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Proven Materials

Course participants have access to materials in each module to help with grant writing, grant preparation, and learning how to properly respond to grant application requirements.

Each section builds your skills as a grant writer.

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Recorded Video Lessons

Recorded video lessons teach core concepts of grant writing and are essential to the learning experience. Watch each lesson at your convenience. Once you finish a module, the next module will unlock.

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Module homework reinforces core concepts, helps identify questions, and is how participants apply the knowledge in real time. Each homework assignment helps you build a grant application template to use in the future.

Participants are required to commit to the time it will take to do the homework each week.

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Idea 2 Impact: The Art of Sustainable Grant Writing


The only course to help you prepare for writing, implementing, and sustaining grant-funded work.

  • Get the practice you get the funding you need
  • Learn the secrets that funders and grant reviewers can’t tell you
  • Uplevel your work by leveraging federal, state, and local funding


Here are a few common things you might be wondering about.

Yes. You will receive a certificate upon completion of module 8.

This course is tailored for nonprofit, community, and social service organization employees who want to build internal capacity and have decision-making power. While grant writers can learn from the content, having an organization to use as a case study during the course is required.

Yes. The course is sold on a per-enrollment basis. You can buy as many seats as you need.

Yes, you can start and complete it at any time. All course modules are pre-recorded and delivered to you upon completion of the prior module.

Depending on your experience and writing style, you should expect approximately 1-5 hours per module of coursework including video lessons and writing time.

You do not need to be the lead grant writer or have experience. The material taught in this course is self-contained. Meaning, you do not need any prior experience.

This course is for people who are new to grants or have some understanding of the basics. However, advanced concepts are applied throughout and attendance at every session is recommended if you have limited experience.

No, you are not required to have an established nonprofit to take this course. However, to complete the required assignments you must have identified a nonprofit and know its work intimately or be in the process of planning your own organization.