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Improving Your Grant Writing Skills


Course Code: ER0310WB22

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Date & Time

June 14 & 15, 2022
8:30am - 12:00pm EDT
(Participants must attend both days of the class.)


Preparing a competitive grant proposal requires good research, careful preparation, and smooth writing. No matter what field you are in, the hunt to secure any type of grant funding has become highly competitive. Funders expect quality outcomes and quantifiable impacts in return for their financial support. This online course will help you make your submission the best it can be!

Specific topics will include:

  • Grant basics - Understanding how the funding universe works;
  • Developing strategies for securing an appropriate commitment before submitting a proposal;
  • Understanding the criteria used by funders to determine whether your grant proposal gets reviewed or rejected;
  • Refining your funding strategies and requests to better align with the goals of funders;
  • Discovering the tools available to organize proposal content;
  • Grant writing/budgeting techniques;
  • Tips for communicating with prospective sponsors; and
  • Adding the "finishing touches" that will give your submission an edge and put you on the road to funding.

This class is a great place to start for anyone thinking of applying for any type of grant funding! Learn what you need to know before you start!

Meet Your Instructor

Elaine Griffin, Rutgers OCPE Grant Writing and Management course instructorElaine Griffin

Elaine works full-time as a Manager of Compliance and Quality Control at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station's Office of Grants Facilitation. Her work portfolio includes over 20 years of experience securing money for academic and non-profit environments. She has written successful funding proposals in the areas of public health, family health sciences, 4-H, nutritional sciences, food policy, multicultural programming, agricultural resources, and environmental sciences. She has also delivered and designed educational programs to community groups seeking grant funding.


In addition to 0.6 Rutgers CEUs, this online grant writing training course has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Licensed Water & Wastewater Operators (ALL Licenses): 6 TCHs (Approval #01-022001-30)

NJ Certified Public Works Managers (CPWM): 6 Management

NJ Certified Recycling Professionals (CRPs): 6 Classroom credits (NOTE: no additional documentation is required when completing the credit request survey in order to receive these credits.)

NJ Certified Clean Communities Coordinators: 6 Recertification credits (NOTE: no additional documentation is required when completing the credit request survey in order to receive these credits.)

NOTE: You must fill out the survey requesting continuing education credits immediately following the end of the class. If you do not complete the survey - or do not fully complete it - you will NOT receive any credits.

Registration Fee $225.00  
Multi Person Registration Fee $199.00 Register at the same time with a colleague and you both save!
Cancellation Fee $75.00  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This online course will be facilitated on the Canvas Virtual Platform. It is recommended that you access the course using a computer (desktop or laptop) with a high-speed internet connection. A built-in laptop microphone or external microphone can be used. You also have the option to call in to hear the live class. Webcams are optional. Kindly note that this training is best viewed using the Chrome web browser. Tablets can also be used. If you plan to access the course using a mobile device, you should download the Canvas app. Please review this link for information: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10567.

Once you register with OCPE, you will receive an email from "Rutgers University Canvas" saying, "Click here to finish the registration process," to create your new account in the Canvas Virtual Platform. The course shell will not open until a week before the start date of class. You will receive an email from Claudine Oleskin with directions and more details for the class.

Photo ID Requirement:

Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.

  • You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
  • The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
  • After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.


  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with anyone else who will be registering for this course.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, your account must be updated with a unique email address. To do this, please send an email to registration@njaes.rutgers.edu stating that your email address needs to be changed and include:

    • Your full name
    • The shared email address that needs to be changed
    • Your unique email address
    • A phone number where you can be reached if we have any questions

Note: Pre-registration with payment is required.


Registration will close ar 3pm on June 10, 2022.

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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Assistant Director: Carol Broccoli, 848-932-7207
Administrative Assistant: Claudine Oleskin, 848-932-7204