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Free Certificate in Grant Seeking Essentials

Learn the essentials of grant seeking with this free certificate program from NonprofitReady. Co-developed with CNM, these short online courses cover the grant cycle including how to find, write, and win grants for your nonprofit.

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What You Will Learn

It's no secret that grants are one of the best ways for nonprofits to fund their programs. But, for most of us, there is nothing straight forward about the grant seeking process. 

In this free online certificate program, you will learn how to find the right grants for your nonprofit, write great grant proposals, and build strong relationships with your grantors so you can count on funding for years to come.

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Course 1: What Is Grant Seeking?
Learn the difference between a grant and grant proposal, common sources of grants, and the three phases of the grant seeking process.
Course 2: Identifying & Cultivating Grantors
Understand grant management systems and examine the first two stages of the grant seeking process: identifying and cultivating grantors.
Course 3: Soliciting & Stewarding Grantors
Learn how proposals are used to solicit grantors, and then examine methods for stewarding grantors once a grant is awarded.

CFRE Continuing Education Credits:

Full participation in the Grant Seeking Essentials Certificate is applicable for 3 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

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About Our Partner

Founded in 1986, CNM’s mission is to amplify the impact of nonprofits and their partners. CNM believes that thriving nonprofits are essential to a strong community, and we connect organizations with the expertise, partnerships, and tools needed to focus on their respective missions.

How It Works


Complete the three courses


Pass the certificate exam


Earn your certificate and badge

Don't forget to proudly display your accomplishments on your resume, LinkedIn, social media profile, or personal website. 

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What Our Learners Say

“The training is excellent. The content and exercises truly helped me prepare for the certification.” 

— Francis M.

Free Online Training for the Nonprofit Professional

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