Grant Writing Best Practices | Cleveland State University Professional Development Center in Cleveland


Grant Writing Best Practices

Course Description

A professional-level course on best practices in planning, researching and managing the grant writing and bid proposal process. Topics include ethics in the field, how to demonstrate innovative thinking and plan for sustainability, developing and maintaining strong working relationships with grant makers, managing contractors, complex partnerships and budgets. Students will learn how to write, review and revise bid proposals and contracts, what to do if a grant or contract is not awarded, and behind-the-scenes processes and decisions that may determine acceptance or denial.

Who Should Attend

This course is for anyone interested in earning the Grant Writing Certificate from the Monte Ahuja College of Business, including staff, administrators, volunteers, board members and consultants at nonprofit organizations, public or private educational institutions and government agencies. For-profit businesses seeking grants to fund research or training are welcome as are individual grant seekers such as artists, filmmakers or journalists.

Real-World Application

Deploying systematic methods and strategies to plan, secure and integrate grants into a dynamic funding portfolio is essential for professionals in many industries, including government agencies, nonprofit organizations, private and public education, foundations and research. This course will covers best practices that are critical to successfully writing and managing grants, contracts and bid proposals.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Possess a better understanding of the proposal development and review process
  • Writing and award contracts and bids
  • Understand complex budgeting and partnerships
  • Know best practices in the field of grant writing


Saturday, May 12 & 19, 2018
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


CSU's Monte Ahuja College of Business, 1860 E. 18th St., Cleveland, OH 44115 (map)

CEUs: 1.4

Fee: $695

To receive the EARLY BIRD RATE, you must register at least 6 weeks prior to the start date of the course. Corporate, CSU Student, Alumni and Organization membership discounts available!

Course Benefits

Competency-Based Professional Development: Our programs increase learner retention through application, which results in a more productive workforce.  Students demonstrate their competence by successfully completing a course assessment.

All Inclusive: Each course delivered at CSU includes materials, pre-test and post-test, coffee, snacks, lunch and convenient, on-site parking.

Educated and Experienced Instructors: Our instructors bring years of real-world, classroom and CPA, CFA, SHRM, PhD and MBA experience. Many hold leadership positions in northeast Ohio organizations and have taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Cost-Effective: The course is designed to minimize travel expenses and time away from work.

Convenient: Flexible schedules are not only an attractive option, but a necessary for busy professionals.

Networking Opportunities: Learn from instructors and colleagues who have a variety of industry experiences to share.

Audit option: Students have the option to audit a course they have already attended at no charge within one academic year. Interested students must notify the ProDev office requesting to audit a course a minimum of 10 business days prior to the course start date to ensure there is enough seating. Audit students are responsible for their own parking and lunches. New materials will not be provided.

Corporate, Custom Availability: Can be custom-tailored to the needs of your organization to provide skills your workforce can apply immediately as a corporate training if requested.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued if notification is not received seven business days prior to the first day of class. Registrants who cancel will receive a refund, less a $50 processing fee, if we receive written notification a minimum of seven business days prior to the first day of class.