San Diego alone is home to thousands of nonprofit organizations ranging from large educational institutions and hospitals to small, start-up agencies. These organizations must compete for funding in an increasingly challenging funding environment. Grant writing is a key component of securing funding for many of San Diego's most dynamic organizations.

Estimated Cost
Min. Completion Time
10 weeks
Course Format

To complete the Professional Certificate in Grant Writing, complete two courses: Introduction to Grants and Funding Research and Grant Proposal Development.

Enrolling in the Program
Enroll in the program at any time, even before registering for a course. It’s free, and offers many benefits:

  • Secure your curriculum (should the requirements change in the future).
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  • Track your progress.

Enrolling in a program doesn’t mean you’re registered for courses. You still must register and pay for each course you wish to take.


Market-Driven Demand
Learn why the need for additional training in comprehensive grant writing, research, and strategies for funding proposals is so important in securing funding for programs, initiatives, and other organizational needs.

Students will learn how to prepare to write a proposal, identify funding prospects, understand grant guidelines, and develop a compelling program narrative and budget.

Students will learn how to construct a proposal that is clear and persuasive in its "ask" and resonates with the priorities of various funders.

Who Should Attend
New grant writers, employees from nonprofit organizations, city and county governments, chambers of commerce, education (private and public), public health, social work, as well as independent consultants and grant writers needing CEUs. The first course in the sequence is for those with no or little prior experience developing grant proposals. The second course in the sequence provides students of all levels with an opportunity to practice and develop writing skills.


Labor Analysis
Fundraising Manager — Nationwide

Job Postings
Last 12 months

Projected Growth
Over 10 years

Salary Range


For additional information, please email or call (619) 594-3946.

Core Courses

2019 Spring2019 Summer2019 Fall
2019 Fall
GW 0001 Introduction to Grants and Funding Research
This course focuses on finding grant funding for nonprofit organizations and tax-exempt institutions. The course prepares you for successfully researching funding prospects, interacting with those funders, and planning a grant proposal. We will explore why grants are funded, and what makes a prospective grantor interested in an organization and their grant proposal. You will also have an opportunity to develop a brief letter of inquiry proposal, receiving feedback and guidance on improving your request. The course will also guide you on creating a plan to track, manage, and plan your grant proposals.
Course Date(s)
September 9 - October 14
Jay Katz
2019 Summer
GW 0002 Grant Proposal Development

This course prepares you to write winning grant proposals for nonprofit organizations or tax-exempt institutions. Learn how to develop a compelling, effective grant proposal, including the proposal narrative and budget. Find out how to effectively develop proposals in response to federal, state, and private foundation Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Learn how to make your grant proposal stand out. Practice writing elements of the proposal with support and guidance from an expert in the field. Review existing grant proposals, identifying their strengths and weaknesses.

Course Date(s)
July 5 - August 7
Jay Katz


2019 Spring2019 Summer2019 Fall


San Diego Workforce Partnership: Creating Workforce Solutions
The College of Extended Studies is a State-approved provider for the Federal Workforce Investment Act for this program.


SDSU Research Foundation Program