Grantwriting Certificate Track

Spark the Fire now offers an Assessment-Based Certificate in grantwriting that demonstrates that you have the knowledge to write great grant proposals. You can also take the class without getting the certification.

Spark the Fire Grantwriting class and certification gave me solid, actionable training and practice. I now feel comfortable and confident in my ability to write a grant application for submission. The personal feedback from a seasoned professional who has a long history of success receiving grant awards and ability to ask questions helped me address my own challenges. This is an invaluable class with practical advice - I’d sign up again for another class in a heartbeat!
— Michelle Crimmins, Graduate

two-day grantwriting

This two-day class is a comprehensive overview of grant writing and grants management. Learn where to find grants, how to write a letter of interest, how to write a complete proposal, develop project budgets, learn best practices for communicating with grantmakers, create work plans and timelines, develop goals and objectives, evaluation strategy, and learn tips and tools staying organized.

ASSESSMENT & consultation

Work one-on-one with a grantwriting expert to take your proposal from good to great. You’ll receive up to three hours of individual consultation in which you’ll receive constructive feedback on your grant proposal, personal encouragement, and ideas for strategy to refine your grant writing skills. The consultation is completed via email, phone, and/or Skype and at your own pace.

When I took Allison’s course on grant writing, I was three months into my first job as a Grant Writer. In just two days, she helped me fill in the ‘missing pieces’ in my grant applications, taught me how to stay organized, and provided a step-by-step guide to grant research and writing that I still use today.
— Adam Goldstein

College Partnership Programs

Spark the Fire is partnering with colleges to offer grantwriting classes in more locations. These locations offer the same curriculum as the Grantwriting Certificate Track. 


8-week class at
seattle central

Fundamentals in Grantwriting Certificate
This is an 8-week class on Tuesday from 6-8pm. Registration is through Seattle Central in Seattle, WA. The next class coming up is September 24 – November 19, skip October 15th.

Thank you so much for this class!! It helped give me the confidence to go out and get my dream job and I feel so much more prepared for anything grant-related that comes my way!
— Kara Hunter, Graduate

The Business of Freelance Grantwriting

Freelance grant writers are in high demand. Learn how to start your own freelance grantwriting and nonprofit consulting business.

the business of freelance grantwriting

Learn to start your own business as a freelance grantwriting. Learn marketing, developing contracts, interviewing clients, managing clients, and more.