PUR 601: Grant and Bid Proposals

The 5 Secrets to Successful Bid and Grant Proposals.

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The 5 Secrets to Successful Grant and Bid Proposal

After serving as a grant writer, proposal writer, and proposal reviewer for the past two decades, I have learned that the proposal writing process is often complex, detailed, and hard to understand. I have met with potential clients who minimize the art of professional proposal writing. I have had clients tell me they will get their cousin, uncle, child, or dog to write them a grant before they pay for professional proposal writing. Some feel that if they know a person who can write, they can automatically write professional proposals.

The truth is that although the person they know can probably write well, his or her skill does not necessarily translate to the person being able to write in accordance with the audience, rigor, and metrics that are required for complex proposals. No book can address every meticulous nuance in each of the millions of proposals written each year. This book is for the novice proposal writer who is interested in learning more about the paradigm needed win proposals.

This course provides a 40,000 foot generalist view of proposal writing from two of seasoned professionals with over 50 years combined experience. Here we simplify the proposal writing process to provide five overarching concepts for effective grant and bid proposals.


Your Instructor


Dr. Derrick Drakeford
Dr. Derrick Drakeford

As CEO of Drakeford, Scott, and Associates LLC, our team has collectively raised over $46,425,000 in grants and awards with an A + Rating with the BBB. We specialize in non-profit consulting,business development, and motivational speaking. We offer proposal development, relationship development, strategic planning, organizational structure development, development plans and partnership development.

Derrick has served as an Instructor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill. Derrick is a former faculty member of North Carolina Central University in the Masters in Public Administration program. He also served as the Director of Freshmen Studies and Community Service at The Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. Derrick has consulted with nonprofits, business, and churches for 20 years. He holds a Bachelors in political science from Bethune-Cookman University, a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Government. He holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work; and certificates in Proposal Writing and Fundraising for Nonprofits from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana -Purdue University. Derrick received his Ph.D, from UNC-Chapel Hill.

He has written seven books:

1)Finding Your Purpose in 15 Minutes,

2) Fundraising for Nonprofits What the Bible Says,

3) Starting Your Business from the Unemployment Line,

4) Jada Goes to Pre-School: A Book on Transitions,

5) P5: The Five Secrets to Successful Grant and Bid Proposals,

6) The 2 Laws of Standardized Testing,

7) Inclusion:The Art of Story Listening, and

8) The Purpose Lifestyle



Course Curriculum


  Course Overview
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  Chapter 1: Introduction
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  Chapter 2: P.A.I.N.
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  Chapter 3: Precision
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  Chapter 4: Personality
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  Chapter 5: Price
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  Chapter 6: Professional
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  Chapter 7: Conclusion
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Frequently Asked Questions


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The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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