Introduction to Grant Writing & Management - Online

Gain introductory knowledge and skills needed to produce a grant proposal document and manage it.


The emphasis in this course will be using real-life examples and encouraging each student to bring their ideas and examples to discuss for brainstorming and problem-solving. Presentation throughout the course will encourage questions and discussions along the way. Time will also be reserved at the end of each session for detailed questions and answers from students’ proposals/grant ideas. Each session will consist of Introductions and reviews; lectures; question & answer sessions; assignments; one-on-one.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the basic components of a grant.
  • What grants generally do and don’t fund.
  • How to determine if a specific grant is right for your project.
  • How to write a grant narrative and develop a budget.
  • How to communicate a compelling story through the proposal.
  • What the components of grant management are after the award.
  • Through class assignments, students will create the basic components of a grant project,
    with information ready for a future grant application.


Next Sessions TBD




Amanda West

Amanda B. West is an experienced nonprofit professional at work in the local food and sustainable agriculture field, developing new and dynamic programming to increase local food markets. She has more than 25 years of nonprofit management experience in the fields of Main Street revitalization, historic preservation, and local food movement.

"I currently work for the family business, West Whitehill Winery, in Hardy County, WV, managing the vineyard and business operations," said West, "I also provide grant writing services to agricultural and community-based clients and organizations."

She is a successful grant writer and manager for local food programming, securing numerous foundation, USDA, state, and local government grants. She has worked with Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College on numerous grants, including the USDA LFPP grant which started the Potomac Highlands Producers local farmer co-op. She acted as the food co-op coordinator for its first 18 months, developing its structure during the COVID lockdown, to strengthen local food systems and small farming enterprises in a five-county area of Eastern West Virginia. She worked with area producers and partners to develop strategy, business plan, policies, marketing, and identify and overcome obstacles to startup.

Amanda West