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August 16th

Can I Make Money as a Grant Writer?

"Can I really make money as a grant writer?" Our short answer and long answer are the same: abso-freakin-lutely! We’re just kidding, we do have a longer answer...it’s the rest of this blog post. ;)

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By Alexis Swenson
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August 12th

Ideal Career Change for Social Workers

Are you a social worker looking to make a career change? Grant writing might be the right career pivot for you. Learn more in this post.

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By Alexis Swenson
Honest Review - How Learn Grant Writing Compares to AGWA
July 10th

Honest Review - How Learn Grant Writing Compares to AGWA

Sarah reviews her experience with the American Grant Writers’ Association vs. Learn Grant Writing. Keep reading to save time, money, and heartache!

Meredith Noble Co-Founder
By Meredith Noble
Tom Kenny: Nonprofit Grant Writer to Grant Writing Consultant
April 20th

Why Grant Writing is The Best Job For Stay-at-Home-Moms

Want a flexible at-home career while you grow your family? Grant writing is one of the best jobs because it’s flexible, profitable, and life-giving.

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By Alexis Swenson
Tom Kenny: Nonprofit Grant Writer to Grant Writing Consultant
March 18th

Tom Kenny: Nonprofit Grant Writer to Grant Writing Consultant

Tom Kenny transitions from nonprofit grant writing to grant writing consulting. Becoming a freelancer was scary, but Tom made the leap successfully.

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By Alexis Swenson
Paying a grant writer: can I pay the grant writer from the grant?
March 15th

How to Plan Your Quarter for Business and Life - The Unicorn Way

On The Unicorn Living Podcast, Meredith Noble and Alex Lustig teach purposeful planning, Unicorn-style. Learn how to plan your quarter for business and life.

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By Marianne Evans
Paying a grant writer: can I pay the grant writer from the grant?
March 4th

The Yarnalls Write Nonprofit Grants for Veterans

Kim and Bob Yarnall secure their retirement plan and pursue their passion writing nonprofit grants for veterans through their business The Mission Makers.

Alexis Swenson grant writing unicorn
By Alexis Swenson
Paying a grant writer: can I pay the grant writer from the grant?
February 24th

How Do I Pay a Grant Writer?

Organizations pursue grants because they need money, but hiring a professional grant writer costs money. The question is, “Can I pay the grant writer from the grant?”

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By Marianne Evans
Kyle Weckerly, From Ghostwriter to Full-Time Nonprofit Grant Writer
January 16th

Kyle Weckerly, From Ghostwriter to Full-Time Nonprofit Grant Writer

After earning his grant writer certificate and starting to freelance for real-world experience, Kyle landed a full-time position as a grant writer.

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By Alexis Swenson
How to Write a Grant
January 6th

How to Write a Grant in 7 Easy Steps

Learn how to write a grant using the seven step process we teach at Learn Grant Writing. This is an excellent grant writing training for beginners.

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By Meredith Noble
Stephanie Soliz, Uncovering the “Elusive” Skill of Grant Writing for Nonprofits
December 12th

Stephanie Soliz, Uncovering the “Elusive” Skill of Grant Writing for Nonprofits

After earning her grant writing certificate, Stephanie has helped nonprofits she genuinely cares about win over $150,000 in the last year.

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By Alexis Swenson
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion as a Grant Writer
December 5th

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion as a Grant Writer

Learn how to unpack your motivation, combat white saviorism, and be an anti-racist through a selection of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) resources.

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By Alex Lustig
Jess Stack, From Teacher to Grant Writing Consultant in 6 Months
November 20th

Jess Stack, From Teacher to Grant Writing Consultant in 6 Months

A mere six months into her grant writing journey, Jess has built a grant writing business, has five clients, and won a $300,000 grant!

Alexis Swenson grant writing unicorn
By Alexis Swenson
To become a teacher, you must love helping people. If you are looking for a way to keep doing that, but gain more flexibility in your schedule, then grant writing might be for you.
November 15th

Top Career Change for Teachers

To become a teacher, you must love helping people. If you are looking for a way to keep doing that, but gain flexibility in your schedule, then grant writing might be for you.

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By Alexis Swenson
Sarah Finds Grant Writing is a Perfect Communications Degree Career
November 10th

Communications Graduate Becomes Grant Writer

Sarah wanted to combine her love for marketing and journalism into a way that could benefit and help others, while also working remotely.

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By Alexis Swenson
Why Start a Side Hustle
November 4th

Why Start a Side Hustle

What can folks do who are not in a position to quit their full-time job, but do want to work for themselves or add an income stream? Drum roll please… Enter: the side hustle.

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By Alexis Swenson
Project Management For Nonprofits and Grant Writers
October 30th

Three Possible Career Paths Through Grant Writing Training

We’re celebrating Celia who landed a salaried job, Barbara who is a nonprofit changemaker extraordinaire, and Joanna who is a consultant and is capitalizing on her fundraising expertise!

Alexis Swenson grant writing unicorn
By Alexis Swenson
Project Management For Nonprofits and Grant Writers
October 25th

Project Management For Nonprofits and Grant Writers

So how can you use project management in your nonprofit or as a freelance grant writer? In this post, we share our top project management tips for kicking off a new grant pursuit!

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By Meredith Noble and Alex Lustig
Alexis Gains Confidence & Skills Customized for Her Dream Lifestyle
October 20th

Alexis Gains Confidence & Skills Customized for Her Dream Lifestyle

Alexis secured over $1.3M in grants in the four months after receiving her certificate from Learn Grant Writing. She now regularly contributes to Learn Grant Writing.

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By Alexis Swenson
What is Deficit-Based Versus Strength-Based Writing?
September 25th

What is Deficit-Based Versus Strength-Based Writing?

Deficit-based (wrong) versus strength-based (strong) writing involves a shift from focusing on what is broken to instead focusing on what is working.

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By Alexis Swenson
How to hire a grant writer
September 20th

How To Hire A Grant Writer

Can you pay a grant writer from the grant? How much does it cost to hire a grant writer? Where do you find them? All that and more in this post.

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By Alexis Swenson
How to be a freelance grant writer
August 20th

How To Become a Freelance Grant Writer

A step-by-step approach to becoming a six-figure freelance grant writer, or how to leverage freelance experience to land a full-time job.

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By Alexis Swenson
Julia Grace Sanders
August 10th

From Journalist to Grant Writer - A 50% Pay Increase

How Julia-Grace pulled off a major career change in the middle of a pandemic.

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By Alexis Swenson
Review of Top 20 Online Grant Writing Classes
June 8th

Review of Top 20 Online Grant Writing Classes

There is a whole internet of opportunity for you to learn more about grant writing.

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By Alexis Swenson
Why a 2nd Edition of How to Write a Grant: Become a Grant Writing Unicorn?
June 1st

Why a 2nd Edition of Our Grant Writing Book?

The world of funding is changing. This newly expanded and updated version has you covered!

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By Meredith Noble
Grants for preservation of historic buildings
November 22nd

Grants for Historic Buildings

Learn about funding opportunities for historical structures and how to secure grant funding for them successfully.

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By Meredith Noble
Match funding for grant applications
November 6th

What Is Match Funding For Grants?

And, why you shouldn't be afraid of match funding. Learn how to use match funding strategically.

Alexis Swenson grant writing unicorn
By Alexis Swenson
Learn differences between fundraising and grant writing
October 15th

The Difference Between Grant Writing and Fundraising

Upon deeper thought, it’s a bit more challenging to decipher their differences (because they are different).

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By Alexis Swenson
Top 10 Tips for Nonprofit Grant Writers
October 5th

Top 10 Tips for Nonprofits Writing Grants

Learn where to look for grants, how to build relationships with funders, find the right grants, and more.

Alexis Swenson grant writing unicorn
By Alexis Swenson
How to write a grant application using 1st person or 3rd person
September 29th

Write Grants in First or Third Person?

We will break down what is the difference between the 1st and 3rd person and how to write a grant application using a blend.

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By Meredith Noble
Top Grant Mistakes
August 28th

Top Mistakes Made by Grant Writers and How to Avoid Them

Obvious as these tips may seem, they are incredibly easy mistakes to make. Learn them to avoid them!

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By Helen Richards
Using the FOIA to Acquire Past Grants
July 27th

Using the FOIA to Get Copies of Past Successful Grant Applications

Learn the fascinating history of the freedom of information act, how to submit a FOIA request, and other important considerations.

Tara O'Hanley Researcher and Grant Writer
By Tara O'Hanley
Grants for Organizations serving Veterans
July 4th

Grants for Organizations Serving Veterans

As we think about the sacrifices Veterans (and their families) have made for us on this day, we want to share a few grant opportunities for organizations serving Vets.

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By Meredith Noble
Top 10 grant database review
June 28th

Our Evaluation of the Top 10 Grant Databases

We did the research so you don't have to. Check it out for a review of the top 10 databases, plus our final recommendation.

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By Alexis Swenson
What is Fiscal Sponsorship?
May 27th

What is Fiscal Sponsorship?

Before you start a non-profit, have you considered partnering with one that already exists? In this post, learn the benefits of fiscal sponsorship.

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By Meredith Noble
Invite Only grant funders shaking hands and funding projects
February 8th

5 Strategies for 'Invite Only' Grant Funders

What do you do when the funder says their grant program is 'invite-only'? Check out these tips before giving up.

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By Alexis Swenson
Avoiding craziness of pursuing last minute grants
September 27th

How to Avoid Last Minute Grant Pursuits

If you want a high success rate writing grants and to not burn out, it is critical to learn how to avoid last minute pursuits. Here is our advice when you navigate sticky situations.

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By Meredith Noble
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August 1st

3 Tests to Decide If a Grant is Worth Pursuing

If you want to increase your success rate writing grant proposals that win, you must decide which grants are worth applying or not.

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By Meredith Noble
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November 15th

Tips For Your Next Grant Kick-Off Meeting

Bold statement, but how your kick-off goes is a good indicator of how the rest of your grant pursuit will go. Learn how to run a fabulous kick-off meeting.

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By Alex Lustig
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September 30th

New Book on Grant Writing!

Lots of people want to explore their curiosity about grant writing. We wrote this book to introduce you to the fundamentals of grant writing.

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By Meredith Noble
Must do Math for Grants
April 28th

Must Do Math Before Writing a Grant

For every single grant we seriously consider, we insist on knowing the applicant success rate. Check out this post for the other two must do calculations before applying.

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By Meredith Noble
Searching public 990 Forms for grant history of private foundations
March 26th

Searching 990 Forms for Giving History

If you are looking at Private Foundations for grants, you MUST know how to research their grant giving history. There's a wealth of information in the 990-forms!

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By Katie Cowgill
Best practices for Letters of Support in grant narrative
January 1st

Getting Stellar Letters of Support

Cookie cutter letters of support are terrible! Learn how step by step approach to receiving diverse and compelling letters of support.

Meredith Noble grant writing unicorn
By Meredith Noble
Tips and tricks to writing draft of grant narrative
September 30th

Writing Your Grant Narrative

Even as pros, it can be overwhelming starting a new grant application. This post shares our best tips for learning to write your first draft of a grant narrative quickly and fearlessly.

Meredith Noble grant writing unicorn
By Meredith Noble
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