Course description

10-week, on-line, on-your-own-schedule course runs Mar. 1 - May 3

Everything you need to take your grants success to a new level - no matter where you're starting out - all in one at-your-own-pace, on-your-own-schedule, affordable 10-session online course

Train 2 team members ... at no additional cost

Two team members can take the course with you ... staff, board members, volunteers, you name it ... for the price of just one enrollment! (That's three enrollments for the price of one.)

Your step-by-step "insider's guide" - 

for grants rookies and veterans alike

Taught by longtime grant professional and grantmaker Maryn Boess, The Ultimate Grant Proposal Blueprint offers a complete, practical, hands-on, step-by-step approach to corporate, foundation, and government grant-building - for beginners and veterans alike.

In 10 fast-paced, information-rich weekly sessions totaling about 16 hours (released every Monday, Mar. 1 - May 3):

  • You'll learn how to build a solid, fundable proposal from the inside out and the bottom up ...

  • You'll work with a unique set of tried-and-tested planning tools, worksheets, roadmaps, checklists, and step-by-step, fill-in-the-blanks templates to make your proposals clear, concise, complete, coherent - and compelling ...

  • You'll learn literally hundreds of "insider's tips" from grantmakers and successful grantseeking organizations that you can put to work for your organization - right away ...

  • And you'll learn how to organize the details of your work in a way guaranteed to take you to the next level of grantseeking success - no matter where you're starting out


Click here for complete course details - and to enroll.


A sampling of 5-star student reviews:

Will take your grantwriting to the next level!

I have been grant writing for 15 years and was a little prideful of my knowledge....much to my dismay! I learned so much from this course. The tools and lessons helped me to create source documents that we can now use for all future applications. The clarity that came with this educational opportunity has made my job so much easier. Thank you, Maryn! Well done!

-- Mary Schilling, His Heart Foundation (Vancouver, WA)

Exceptional Grant Proposal Course

I've been writing grants for just under 10 years and have also served on reviewer panels for a particular federal grant for about as many years. I enrolled in the course because although I had gotten very "good" at writing and winning grants, I lost two big ones in the last couple of years. It rocked my self-confidence - this, in spite of the fact that I have won about 4.5 million dollars in federal, state and local funds for several school districts over the last 5 years. This course didn't just restore my confidence, but the sections on having a 3-D Perspective, what occurs in the Black Box of Grantmakers (awesome, awesome, awesome), and the powerful use of the Logic Model in shaping, planning and developing a grant proposal so that everything makes sense, were particularly healing and strengthening to me. Maryn, what a wonderful job! I have learned a great deal from you, grown tremendously, and been truly blessed by your final perspective of what all of this should truly be about! Thank you again and again for giving so much value and so much really rich instruction to even those of us who have been at the "grantmanship game" for quite awhile. My kudos to you! 

-- Elaine Penn (Arizona)

Top Notch Grants Education!

This course was AMAZING. As a self-paced, online course with live support (online, phone, and bi-weekly call-in opportunities) this course gave me a much greater insight into why my proposals have and have not been funded. AND it gave me concrete ways to review/revise those proposals for the future. 

- Kaddee Lawrence, Community Leadership Consultant (Seattle, WA)

Five Stars Plus! - for "The Ultimate Grant Proposal Blueprint"

This course made a difference not only for me but for the team-members I invited to take part in the course. Our collective confidence is sky-high and everyone is talking enthusiastically about “the magic wand”. This course is not only a complete decoding of vital elements that go into a successful proposal, it unlocks behind-the-scenes information about funders, their perspectives, and how decisions are made. The templates and workbook are wonderful tools and everything is easy to understand. This course has made my colleagues and me true believers that we are capable agents of positive change in the world through our grant writing. And Maryn Boess is unquestionably a card-carrying member of our grant success team!

- Barbara Gorzinski, Associated Ministries of Tacoma-Pierce County (WA)

5 stars - covers EVERY aspect of a proposal

I give 5 stars. I've taken a couple of other courses that I found informative and useful. However, this course probes deeper into grant readiness. Maryn covers EVERY aspect of a proposal -- from digging more deeply to create a mission statement to producing a proposal that clearly details an organization's purpose and necessity. I came away with many tools and insights that have enabled me to provide more value to my clients. Included in the course are Q&A group conference calls that answer any questions we might have. Even though I've completed the course, Maryn has made sure that I and other "graduates" are still connected to the program. We are encouraged to contact her any time with questions.

-- Suzanne Ryan, Suzanne Ryan Grantwriting (VA)

My Experience

Being new to the grant world this was a very eye opening experience. I am part of a grant managing team but took this course to understand the process it took to get the grant and how to manage it. This course has given me the tools to seek my own grants and know what grant makers are looking for. Thank you for a wonderful course.

-- Mark Cox

The Ultimate Ultimate

This course is not for those who think that learning to be a grant writer is easy, for it isn't. The course is thoughtful as well as practical and requires a commitment to DO SOMETHING after every one of the eight lesson. I've taken grant writing courses before that took tactical approach to the grant making process. They concentrated on how to write an application or how to fill out forms. They did not tackle the planning aspects necessary to prepare an organization for conceiving a proposal, for seeking out appropriate grant funders, for submitting a grantable application, or for following up if the proposal us successful in getting funded. To the serious student of mission-centered grant writing (the only consistently successful grant writing ), the course is worth every penny of the tuition price.

-- Nancy Mitchell Ash, Equamore Foundation (CA)  

Five Stars - Outstanding Grant Writing Class

I have attended other grant workshops in the past, and I can say unequivocally that The Ultimate Grant Proposal Blueprint was the most comprehensive, useful, worthwhile class I've ever taken. The skills and resources that I took away have already helped me write three proposals, and I'm optimistic they will succeed. There is much information here that carries beyond grant writing to nonprofit planning and management. Maryn's style is friendly and engaging; she really knows the grant writing world from both the funder's and the fund seeker's perspective.

-- Marilyn Smith, Executive Director, Unite to Fight Paralysis (OR)

Maryn Boess
Maryn Boess
Chief Magic-Maker

Over her 25+-year career in the nonprofit world, Maryn has been an on-staff program developer and grantwriter; a independent grants consultant (winning more than $42 million for her clients over 10 years); a grants project manager; a grants trainer; a grants reviewer, author, speaker, mentor and coach; and - since 2006 - even a grantmaker.

This done-it-all background gives her the unique 3-D "insider's" perspective she brings to the practical and inspiring trainings on healthy, successful grantsmanship that she has been blessed to share with thousands of nonprofits of every size, nationally and internationally as well.

GrantsMagic U, launched in fall 2015, is the "virtual academy" she created to make her extensive portfolio of grantsmanship trainings available (and affordable!) for anyone, anytime, anywhere.

GrantsMagic U is an Approved Continuing Education Provider for both the Grant Professionals Certification (GPC) and Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) credentials.

Since 2006 Maryn has also been “in the grantmaker’s chair,” managing up to $2 million annually in grantmaking for K-12 education in the Southwest.

Maryn considers herself a dual citizen in the grants world, and may be the only person to hold concurrent membership in both GPA (Grant Professionals Association, for grantseekers) and GEO (Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, for grantmakers). In 2020 she became just the second inductee into the International Grant Professionals Class of Distinguished Fellows for her long record of service and contributions to the field.

Every hour of GrantsMagic U training qualifies as 1 credit toward CFRE and GPC continuing-education and certification requirements.