Centre for Continuing Education

Grant Writing Course: Writing a Winning Grant Application

Public sector. Uncover insights and transform your organisation.

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

This grant writing course is ideal for any individual or organisation seeking to attain funding by applying for grants. Using exercises to explore topics, we will develop, direct and edit creative ideas, in addition to giving invaluable guidance on how to present work for submission.

If you’re a fundraiser, you know that raising money is the key to every non-profit’s success. But the competition for funds can be fierce and the obstacles many. This course provides you with the techniques that you need for a successful submission.

It is aimed at first-time writers and those looking for guidance of the grant writing process, and acts as an important introduction to the world of philanthropy, grant-making and grant-seeking.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • describe and understand the grant writing process
  • discuss philanthropic and funding principles in the public and private sectors
  • discuss all tiers of government grant principles
  • describe how to apply for Philanthropic Trust & Foundation grants.


This course covers the following topics:

  • budget
  • evaluation
  • methodology
  • grant jargon
  • project rationale
  • project timing
  • acquittal of funding
  • public & private sector grants – what’s out there?
  • community capacity building
  • sustainability
  • corporate social responsibility
  • practical grants writing tips
  • strategic, visionary applications
  • project planning.

Intended audience

Designed for novice grant writers and those who would like a refresher course, outlining the present grants landscape in Australia. This workshop will most likely appeal to anyone from research, not-for-profit, education, sports, arts and community sectors in Australia.

Delivery style

Delivered by PowerPoint presentation, accompanied by interactive Q&A sessions and a group activity.


Please bring either a laptop, iPad, or pen and paper.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

What others say.

  • Thank you! We were kept engaged and thinking throughout the day – that doesn’t happen in all training or courses. The experiences shared throughout the day made the content much more accessible.

  • The course was well presented, engaging and interesting. It was clear that the presenter knew their stuff. Useful case studies and examples were given that made it very relevant and easy to understand.

  • The Grant course was informative and the content information was highly relevant to anybody that is charged with accessing funding through grant applications. The presenter had the ability to keep the whole group engaged and participating in an area that could be very dry. As a survey respondent, I very rarely give all high scores, but found myself doing this without hesitation. Well Done!

  • I highly recommend this course. It had a strong, clear focus, backed by real-life examples. The tutor is highly experienced in the field and conveyed information with expertise and humour. The time set aside for discussion and exchange of ideas in the group greatly enhanced the learning experience.

  • Extremely relevant content and facilitator delivered the material in a professional and engaging manner.

  • This course was well worth it as I left with a lot more knowledge and tips in applying for funding and the tutor had a thorough knowledge of what was taught. The tutor was engaging, knowledgeable and personable, answering all questions and gave a wide variety of examples to highlight the topic. It was really worth the time and money in attending.

  • Great presenter, very real conversations and practical suggestions that will help us going forward.

  • The tutor was a very knowledgeable and engaging presenter, and shared lots of real-life examples of own work in the applying for and assessing grants. The handout was thorough and we covered lots of content for a 1 day course. I would recommend the course to people starting out in the grants space wanting to understand the lay of the land, and how to maximise their chances – and spend their time most effectively – in applying for grants.

  • Great course! Excellent materials and presentations. There is no question that the facilitator knew what was talked about and the technical expertise in the area was reflected in all areas of the course. Everything was done very professionally.

  • This workshop was extremely informative and delivered with great enthusiasm by the presenter. What could be a very dry subject was brought to life with real examples of what to do and what not to do.

  • Excellent, passionate, knowledgeable, efficient, effective, specific, personalised to answer questions; great rapport, use of humour and stories. Fabulous presenter. Loved it! Thanks.

  • The presenter was fantastic, giving real-world examples and advice. I would highly recommend this course to anyone in the not-for-profit or charity sector.

  • Great course, very practical. Tutor very experienced and knowledgeable. Good to hear information from the point of view of writing a grant and those making decisions re funding.

  • Great tutor, really engaging and enthusiastic about the subject matter and how to use the knowledge. Overwhelmed by how much practical information and knowledge I gained in that 6 hours.

  • This course helped me incredibly with my project. Without it I feel I would have been needlessly wasting time and energy. Highly recommended!

  • Excellent and informative course with plenty of practical advice for both beginner and experienced grant writers. Great resource book.

  • The depth of the information provided in the course was pefect for my professional development.

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What others say.

  • Highly engaging and valuable relevant examples provided by the facilitator.
  • The presenter was engaging and delivered highly valuable 'inside knowledge' and tips on how to write winning grant applications. Information on the broader grants/philanthropy sector was also very useful. The take home notes are comprehensive and will be a very useful resource. Thank you.
  • Practical tips and information conveyed by a very personable tutor. I really learnt a lot and enjoyed it thoroughly!
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