Online Training In Grant Writing

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.


This three part series is being delivered as on-line training by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Office of Grants Administration.

This training shows you how to effectively, find, write and submit proposals for federal, state, local, non-governmental, and private sector grants. If you want to learn the essentials of writing and acquiring grants, this three part series will help your agency.

Who Should Attend?

For no cost, the Illinois Department of Human Services, Office of Grants Administration is now providing grant writing training to not for profit agencies, all government agency staff, staff of agencies under contract with any state agency in Illinois, and interested individuals. Nearly 3,000 staff from not-for-profit agencies across the State have participated in the class and nearly 1,000 have completed all three parts of this training.


Registration is now open. From November, 2015 through August, 2016 is the busiest season for grant writers. This is the season when funders are releasing funding announcements. Therefore, you are strongly encouraged to register immediately as this training is on a first come first serve basis.

How to Register

Register NOW for the upcoming 2016 classes to insure that you are enrolled in one of the upcoming cycles during 2016.

Training Dates and Times

Once registration is closed, all enrollees will be notified of their training dates and time. There are three parts to each class. Each part is for one hour and thirty minutes. Instructions on how to enter the virtual classroom are sent to each enrollee prior to each class along with the training materials. If technical assistance is required, enrollees are given instructions on whom to contact. No costs are incurred by the provider because the student can participate at the work site by simply logging onto a computer and entering the virtual classroom.

Technical Requirements

You will need a PC with the following minimum technical requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows XP or Windows 7
  • Software: Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
  • Internet Connection


Upon completion of the entire 3 part series, staff will:

  • know how to research and find available grants;
  • have tools that will help them with the planning and organizing required prior to the actual writing of a grant application;
  • understand the fundamental elements of a grant proposal; and,
  • learn how to prepare the narrative portion of the grant application including: 1) problem statement, 2) goals and objectives, 3) program design/methodology, 4) logic model, 5) staffing and management plan, 6) organizational capacity, 7) evaluation plan, 8) budget, 9) sustainability plan, 10) abstract, and 11) supplemental documents.

Special Accommodations

The registration form addresses special accommodations. If they are required, every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate the needs. It is imperative to immediately notify if special accommodations are needed.


Please contact Denise Eligan, Bureau Chief, IDHS Office of Grants Administration at (312) 793-3599 or email at

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