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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the five steps in grantseeking.
  • Describe what factors are significant when researching funders.
  • State why building a relationship with a funder is an important key to success.
  • Explain how to follow up effectively after submitting a proposal.

Download full Course Curriculum in Adobe PDF format.

Downloadable Resources

15 downloadable resources in this course

Free sample resource (PDF): Prospect Screening Worksheet

Course Level/Prerequisites/Certification Credits

Introductory level.

Recommended companion course: Proposal Writing.

Take the optional final quiz. If you pass with 70% or more, you can download a Certificate of Completion.

Participation in the course is applicable for 2 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

This training may be used to meet the requirements for renewing the Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) credential. One Professional Development Unit (PDU) is awarded for each 50-60 minute session or contact hour in topics related to volunteer resources management. For more details about the CVA program and renewal requirements, visit or email

Continuing education certification-eligible through the Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources - Ontario (PAVR-O).


This course is on-demand, meaning that you can take it anytime, at your own pace.

The course takes approximately 2 hours to complete from start to finish, but you have access for 3 months. Take it all at once. Take it in 15-minute bites. Take breaks between each module. Come back in a month for a refresher. It's entirely flexible and up to you!


$89 per user; 3 month access

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User Feedback

This is a great refresher for people who have experience filling out applications but do not have training to do so. It would have been useful to me in previous years to help me avoid unnecessary errors. Great job.

-- Louis Grenier M.Sc., Calgary, AB

I have taken 3 courses offered by CharityVillage – Event Planning, Grantseeking, and Proposal Writing. In each course I found the content to be specific, and well-organized providing me with a solid, practical foundation in this subject matter. Having completed both, I would strongly recommend they be taken together. The courses really come to life with great audio and visuals, plus quizzes along the way ensured I was absorbing the content. Navigation was easy and well explained and the objectives were stated clearly and tied to outcomes at the course’s completion. Thanks, CharityVillage, for putting together a timely and topical resource that’s accessible according to my schedule, and cost-effective for my employer!

-- Kathy Hurst, Final Word Communications

Great course [Grantseeking]! Very straightforward and easy to use. Good approach for those of us who prefer online learning.

-- Bonnie Koch, Executive Associate, Leadership Edmonton, AB

Excellent course and programs. This is easy for anyone to use as a beginner, or as a refresher for those of us who just need to get back to basics! The Grantseeking course was excellent! The resource materials and information learned from the course allows beginners and experienced fundraisers to hit the ground running! Bravo!

-- Marianne Hebb, London, ON