The Max A. Shacknai COVE, Upstate Institute, University Grants and Sponsored Research Office and Office of Career Services are offering a hands-on series of workshops designed to help you understand the often-mysterious process of grant writing.

Deadline: January 24

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Goals and Structure

Successful nonprofits have one thing in common: talented people with the skills to secure funding. In this course, you will learn how to search for and identify potential funding sources, plan a program and develop a budget, and prepare a customized proposal with a local community-based organization.

The course is an 8-week, non-credit bearing class.


  • Earn a certificate in grant-writing skills (great for potential employers).
  • Network with other Colgate students, community-based organizations, and professionals who work in the nonprofit field.
  • Share in the expertise of members of the Colgate and Hamilton communities.
  • Gain valuable skills and help a community organization at the same time.

Who Should Apply?

Applications are open to all class years.

Student Experiences

“I learned a lot about the entire grant process. I now have a development internship this summer, so I will hopefully use what I Iearned in this class immediately.”

“I learned how a nonprofit operates in an incredibly useful sense, and also the art and science of formulating an idea, having a plan, and articulating that idea with all the intricacies of a grant proposal.”

“Previously, I knew very little about grants. Now with this new knowledge, I am actually writing grants for my local community center and library.”

Time Commitment

This is an 8-week class, meeting weekly for an hour and fifteen minutes through most of the spring semester (early February through late March), with a break for the mid-term recess.