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    4 months

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As you progress through the Grant Academy Certificate, you will gain skills in identifying relevant grant opportunities, writing strong proposals, tracking program outcomes, managing reports to funders, and utilizing available technologies and data sources to make a convincing case for support. By learning best practices in organization and program management, proposal preparation, and funder relationship management with various federal, local, and philanthropic funding sources, you will be able to discern what distinguishes a winning grant proposal from an unsuccessful one.

Curriculum will guide you through the full life cycle of a grant, enabling you to understand the policies and practices that enable organizations to produce winning applications. Plus, you will gain insight into how your organization can maintain positive, sustainable relationships with funders through successful grant program oversight and administration.

This Program is Perfect For

Nonprofit, governmental, or educational professionals who want to diversify funding sources via private or governmental grants.

What You Will Learn

By the end of the program students will:

  • Learn steps to find, evaluate, and identify grant funding opportunities.
  • Be introduced to how grant funding is a component of a resource development plan, research and evaluate grant opportunities, develop a case for support, and develop a simple budget along with supporting narratives and other required components to effectively write a successful grant application.
  • Be able to identify best practices in organizational effectiveness and organizational culture which will lead to higher capacity and greater likelihood of success.
  • Examine external, social, and political influences on nonprofits and grants.
  • Be introduced to the private, family, and corporate foundation grant landscape, as well as federal, state, and local funding sources.
  • Develop a grants management plan, reporting procedures, and budgetary controls for grant oversight.
  • Learn best practices in measuring program impact and in-program evaluation, leading to identification of return on investment for grant projects.

Program Details

To earn the UNLV Grant Academy Certificate you must successfully complete five core courses.
Students should have current or prior experience working for a nonprofit, governmental, or educational organization in a role that includes knowledge of fiscal activities, program development, and/or implementation.

Once you fulfill all certificate program requirements as outlined in the Academic Plan, you may request your certificate.