Grant writing for the beginner

Good grant writers follow a proven formula that results in successful funding and most importantly, grant implementation.

Grant Writing for Beginners Course

This course covers the elements to include when writing a grant, including the do’s and don’t of granting.  We cover the critical elements necessary for getting your grant funded.  Finally, the course concludes with information and resources available through Peaceful Playgrounds to assist you in your grant writing efforts. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear practical advice from an experienced and successful grant writer. Dr. Bossenmeyer’s grant writing has secured more than $10 Million in funded educational grants.

Course Goals

1. To learn the common elements that need to be included in a grant application.

2. To learn how to find funding sources for your project.

3. To understand how Peaceful Playgrounds resources can support you in your grant writing efforts.


Course Description

The course is divided into 4 areas:

Introduction- The begins with the process of writing a grant and determining if you have the support within your organization to complete the grant writing process.

Section 1 Organizational Capacity- Does your organization have specific requirements for submitting a grant.  Determining if your organization has support personnel to assist you in the grant writing process.

Section 2 Identifying Funding Sources-We start by introducing the procedure for determining which grant your organization is eligible for. The course continues with a review of Federal Grants and common grant writing requirements. Section 2 also looks at the benefits of local, Foundation, and state grant proposals including required elements.

Section 3 Developing a grant proposal. Section three look at the writing process after all the information is gathered for writing the grant.  We review the most common elements of most grant proposals.  Section 3 discusses essential elements to include in your grant proposal and provides tips on what should be in each section.  We cover the following grant writing elements: Abstract, Program Overview,  Needs Section, Grant Goals and Objectives, Description of Implementation Activities, Evaluation and what to include in the Budget.

Section 4 Final Grant Writing Tips- Section 4 makes suggestions for what successful applicants include to strengthen their grant and what resources are available through Peaceful Playgrounds to assist you in your grant writing efforts.

Target Audience:

The Grant Writing for the Beginner Course is designed for administrators, teachers, physical educators, parents, after school personnel, assigned the responsibility of writing and submitting a grant.

Learning Materials:

The following learning materials are available for download at the conclusion of the course from our grants page on the website.

Winning Grant-Community Partners for Health Grant
Winning Grant- Community Foundation Grant
Winning Eagle Foundation Learning Grant
Winning Grant-Action Plan for IAHPERD State Grant


Founder/President Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

Melinda Bossenmeyer, Ed.D. holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from U.C.L.A. She has an MS and BS in Kinesiology from California State University Fullerton. She holds a K-12 teaching credential in Kinesiology and Health. She holds a K-16 Administrator Clear Credential from UCLA.

Dr. Bossenmeyer taught for 27 years at public, private schools, and universities. She was a site principal and County Office Administrator as Director of Professional Development.

She is an expert witness in cases involving supervision and injuries on playgrounds in school settings.

She has authored 5 books on playgrounds and physical education. She has served on a variety of National Committees and State Boards on playgrounds and physical education.


*Special Pricing for school groups and districts are available. Please contact us at 951-245-6970 for more information.


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