About the course
The desired outcome of this course is that students learn how to write their high-quality grant application, faster.
You will be taught the skills to successfully find grants, meet grant agencies, and write compelling government grant applications. Students write and build their master grant application with our guidance, feedback, templates, and draft answers. After taking this course, students can move forward confidently.
This class is for advanced grant writing. You will be working in an online learning environment. Students are required to keep each other’s work confidential as per the terms and conditions of the course.
How the Course Works
- 1.5 hour per week for 12 weeks. Three 1-hour tutorials are included in the course.
- The classroom facilitation is led with an instructor and delivered live via Zoom each week. David Kincade, MA will be the lead instructor for this course (see biography below). Other resources include a custom VIP grant package (i.e., a list of all your grants) as well as an online learning portal.
- Systems and processes are available on the course platform 24/7.
- Our draft answers and templates will be available to students.
- We teach how to complete all aspects of a grant application in the most efficient order.
- Students complete each week’s section for their master grant application before completion.
- Upon completion of the course, you will earn an Advanced Grant Writing Certificate.
- Your industry has grants. See the list on this page for grant sectors.
- Students include company founders, as well as employees in grant-eligible organizations.
- Students are building a master grant application. This course is for large, complicated grant applications (i.e. emission reductions, geothermal, municipalities, non-profits, innovative, scaling technology platform, and exporting globally digitally).
Course Syllabus and Training Details
- Grant Fundamentals.
Gain an understanding for which documents, information, and resources are critical to succeed in grant applications. Learn to engage and identify stakeholders in a way that builds trust.
- Finding Grants
Learn how to efficiently and effectively find grants that fit your business. Become proficient at identifying and tracking government grants.
- Lean Canvas
Develop the skills required to put your grant application on one page. Students complete a Lean Canvas model that answers the most important grant agency questions.
- Meeting Preparation
Learn the steps and skills required when it comes to meeting with grant agencies and building trust. Create a meeting preparation template to ensure the most important questions are asked before you meet with the agency.
- Project Management
Most grants fund projects, not general operations. Learn how to build clear and concise project plans, including objectives, anticipated outcomes, and deliverables. Large grants require business plans and financials. Learn to build business plans by leveraging grant application content.
- Technology Roadmap
Grants require are clear technology path forward from conception to commercialization. Gain an understanding of technical details, communicating with technical teams, and which questions to ask. These answers can be integrated in the grant application. This method saves hours of time and strengthens a team.
- Marketing Overview
Learn how to think like a grant agency when it comes to marking. Draft thorough and compelling answers to the most common marketing questions.
- Intellectual Property
Nearly every grant application asks multiple questions about patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Learn to leverage exceptional resources to build great answers, save time, and reduce risk. Templates are available to assist students.
- Risks & Mitigation.
Governments want to mitigate risk. Learn how to communicate with risk-adverse grant agency staff. Our team has developed extensive checklists to ensure you are planning for risks that your business and project faces. You will have access to our draft answers and research to develop your own responses.
- Economic Impacts
Grants are government money, and governments have economic goals. Learn how to communicate your economic impact in your grant applications. Leverage our government research content to present your application in the strongest position.
- Bringing it all together
Students have gained the skills required to write a high-quality grant application, faster. In this class, students update and finalize the most critical aspects of their grant application. This class helps prepare students for the final presentation.
- Individual Grant Presentation
Students will be given the opportunity to present their work. Feedback will be given from other students and the instructors. By the end of this course, students will have a high-quality grant application completed.
Other course details
- Instructional Hours: 21. Each week on Wednesday class starts at 9am-10:30am MST. A one-hour monthly tutorial occurs (3 hours total).
- Total Training Instructional Hours: 21 hours
Dates of Training
- Begin: January 25, 2023
- End: March 12, 2022
- Advanced Grant Writing Course
- Advanced Grant Writing Certificate awarded at the end of class
- Alberta Business Grants Ltd.
- Private Trainer
- PO Box 88051
Rabbit Hill Post Office
Edmonton, Alberta T6R 0M5
- $5,000 plus GST
In Alberta, you can apply for a grant to cover up to 2/3 or 100% of the course tuition. Using the course syllabus, you can apply to the Canada-Alberta Job Grant. See your provincial training grant to see if you qualify.
- Ask up about possible training grants
David’s background includes nine years as a successful grant writer totalling over $4.5 million in wins. He has written several winning applications for nearly every prestigious business award in Alberta. He is the author of The Ultimate Guide for Winning Government Grants: 100 Golden Grant Rules.
Prior to Alberta Business Grants, David worked for four years at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as a finance research analyst and executive assistant to the leader of the official opposition. He has taught political science students at the University of British Columbia, Wilfrid Laurier University, Grant MacEwan University, and the University of New Brunswick. David speaks enough French to get by and holds a Master’s degree in Canadian Politics specializing in media and public opinion. David has been a member of the Edmonton Sunrise Rotary Club for five years, volunteers with Elevate Aviation, and plays recreational hockey. David is committed to living a life of success and significance in his community.