Human Dignity
Online Advanced Certificate Course in Grant Proposal Writing & Resource Mobilization

1st August - 31st August 2018
Deadline for applications: 31st July 2018
Fee: Now US$300.- due on or before 1st August 2018

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Course Description/Background
This advance certificate course is designed for individuals who wish to develop further skills in grant proposal writing.  This online training is to build the capacity of individuals and personnel in organisations to increase their confidence to secure grant funding by learning how to develop a conceptual framework for seeking grant funding that aligns with perspectives and priorities unique to their organisations as well as their funder. In addition, this course will instill confidence in their ability to facilitate proposal development meetings.

Course Objectives
By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  1. To understand the concept and importance of resource mobilisation
  2. To understand the concept and rationale of proposal writing
  3. To identify various steps in proposal  writing
  4. To develop and  package a wining proposal

Course Benefit
The overall purpose of this training programme is to enhance the capacity and skills of individuals and key institutions and their employees, so that they can more effectively develop and mobilize resources through resource mobilization and proposal writing.

Course Outline/Modules
This course is divided into 12 modules. Each module will have a learning objective and study activities.

PRE – Training

  • Introductory Course in the Online Training System
  • Course navigation and guide
  • Explanation of course resources


Module 1: Introduction to Resource Mobilisation

  • Introduction
  • The concept of resource mobilisation
  • Steps to successful resource mobilisation
  • Sources of resource mobilisation
  • Need for resource mobilisation
  • The importance of diversifying funding sources
  • Assignment

Module 2: Pre-proposal writing

  • Introduction
  • The concept of proposal writing
  • Responding to request for proposals (RFP)
  • Issues in writing proposals
  • Before writing a proposal
  • Key steps in proposal writing
  • Assignment


Module 3: Writing Executive Summary

  • Introduction
  • Understanding executive summary
  • Five crucial elements of an executive summary
  • Hint on writing the executive summary
  • Assignment

Module 4: Introduction of the Organisation (Organisational Capacity)

  • Introduction
  • Description of your organization’s mission, accomplishments, and programs
  • Description of members and clients
  • Backgrounder on the management team and staff
  • Past achievements of your organization
  • Brief description of the area that will benefit your project
  • Is your introduction brief and interesting?
  • Assignment

Module 5: Background/Problem Statement

  • Purposes and goals of the organization
  • How to develop a convincing problem statement?
  • Assessment of beneficiaries and stakeholders
  • Are your assessments realistic and attainable?
  • Tips for developing goals and objectives
  • Assignment

Module 6: Goals and Objectives of the Project:

  • Introduction
  • How to develop SMART project goals and objectives
  • Goals should be related to the needs of target beneficiaries
  • Target timetable when objectives will be met
  • Are your objectives specific and measurable?
  • Assignment

Module 7: Project Methodology:

  • Introduction
  • Description of program strategies and activities
  • Project staff/administration
  • Developing indicators and variables
  • Project results and logical framework
  • Preparing the project implementation plan
  • Quality of a good implementation plan
  • Assignment

Module 8: Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Introduction
  • Understanding the concept of monitoring and evaluation
  • Difference between monitoring and evaluation
  • How to develop an M&E plan
  • Understanding Monitoring and Evaluation Tools
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Feedback mechanism
  • Assignment

Module 9: Project Proposal Budget:

  • Understanding a budget
  • Common inline items in a budget
  • Cost sharing and matching funds (In-kind contributions)
  • How to write budget narratives (Budget justification)
  • Tips for developing a grant proposal budget
  • Assignment

Module 10: Project Sustainability:

  • Understanding project sustainability
  • How to write the sustainability section of your proposal
  • Things not to write in the sustainability plan
  • Tips for writing the sustainability section of your proposal
  • Assignment


Module 11: Packaging a Winning Grant Proposal:

  • Proposal packaging
  • Standard formatting guidelines for your proposal
  • General proposal checklist
  • Appendices
  • Assignment

Module 12: Funding Sources/Opportunities

  • Introduction
  • Finding funding sources
  • Identifying the right funding sources and opportunities
  • List of regional funding sources


Final Examination and Wrap-up

  • Final Examination
  • Participants evaluation of course/feedback
  • Conclusion


Target audience

  • Individual wishing to develop skills on proposal writing
  • Private Organisation seeking to mobilise resource for their work
  • Non-Governmental Organisation seeking funding to support their humanitarian work
  • Governmental Organisations seeking additional funds to support projects

Technical Requirements
This course is delivered fully online. You will be required to have access to a computer or web-capable mobile device and have consistent access to the internet to either view or download the necessary course resources and to attempt any graded course assessments and the final exam.

To access the full course including assessments and the final exam, you will need to download an application form and enrolled in the course. For example, some of the accessibility and progress tracking features are only available to enrolled participants. 

Course Delivery
Interaction with students will be via the Global Human Rights Leadership Training Institute training platform and all course notes and guidelines for study will be delivered and accessible to students in electronic format. (

All the course modules are available to the students at the inception of the course. At the end of each module, an assignment is completed by the students and marked by the course experts. Assignments are in the form of written assignments.

Award of the Certificates
Statistics from previous courses showed that submission of assignments and receiving online tutoring help participants to integrate gender in their various activities. Certificates can be awarded only to those students who:
1)    Completed all assignments and Final Exam
2)    Obtain a combined final mark of 50% or more for the assignments and Final Exam

Successful students will receive the GHRLTI Certification in Advanced Grant Proposal Writing and Resource Mobilization.

Course Fees/Funding
The course tuition fee is US$300. Course fees include access to all course materials, expert support, as well as postages and packaging of a certificate. There is a limited amount of partial scholarships available for applicants from developing countries, based on financial need.

All required course resources linked throughout the course, including presentations, web pages, activities, etc. are accessible for no charge. This course also contains a free final exam and course completion certificate.

Please note it is important that all course fees are paid when due.  Reminders will normally be issued but it is the obligation of each applicant ensure timely payment of fees. 

Location: Online [web-based]

Time Commitment
While learning styles can vary considerably and any particular student will take more or less time to learn or read, we estimate that the "average" student will take 76 hours to complete this course. It's a good idea to also schedule your study time in advance and try as best as you can to stick to that schedule.

Application Procedure
The deadline for application is 31st July 2018. While full tuition payment is due on 1st August 2018. However, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. You can also download application form at

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Human Rights and Justice Group International
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