How to Become a Better Grant Writer

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How to Become a Better Grant Writer

16 June, 2021 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm CDT

Grant writing is a competitive endeavor, and many agencies approach the task poorly prepared. Dean Klinkenberg has been involved in dozens of grant cycles as both an applicant and a reviewer. In this program, he will give an overview of the federal agencies and private foundations that regularly offer funding and describe how to evaluate which grants to apply for. He will then describe the different sections of a grant application and what content should be covered in each section. The program will finish with 17 tips to improve grant writing skills, which will include common mistakes grant writers make and how to avoid them. If you are a social worker, program administrator, program manager, or anyone at an agency who expects to apply for funding to start a new program or expand an existing one, or otherwise seek external funding to improve the services you offer, enroll in this program to learn how to make your grant application more competitive.


After completing this program, social workers, program administrators, and other participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate their agency’s or program’s competitiveness for a particular grant
  • Identify the key priorities that must be addressed in a grant application
  • Clearly articulate the clinical and programmatic strengths of your agency and the idea you want to seek funding for
  • Identify how those strengths match the objectives of the potential funder
  • Identify common writing grants mistakes and how to avoid them


Dean Klinkenberg is a professional writer with a PhD in Clinical Psychology. He has been lead or co-lead investigator on two dozen grants and contracts. He has served as a grant reviewer for federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He has also consulted on grant applications to private foundations and has worked with multiple non-for-profit agencies that received foundation funding. Klinkenberg is also a professional writer who has published works in many different formats and for a diverse range of audiences.