Funding public health activities is challenging, and having a team in place ready to respond to funding opportunities from government agencies and foundations is critical for success. Planning for Financial Success is designed to help you pull together the key elements needed for responding to funding opportunities. In this course, we will walk you through the process of preparing grant proposals with case examples, interactive exercises, and additional resources. This course will empower you to consider a more thorough process and funding strategy for the growth and sustainability of your agency, organization, or program team.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the role grant writing plays in achieving your agency's mission
  • Develop a strategic approach to streamline funding requests for long-term sustainability
  • Construct a clear and concise funding request
  • Recognize how your proposal will be reviewed using the grant guidelines
  • Review an unsuccessful submission for future funding opportunities

Target Audience

  • Public health professionals interested obtaining funding for public health projects and programs
  • Department heads, project and program managers, and other leaders of public health agencies and organizations


Web-based course; includes interactive questions and quizzes. This course should take about 1.25 hours to complete.

Course Instructors

Luann D'Ambrosio, MEd
Associate Director
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Janell Blackmer
Center Operations Manager
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Technical Requirements

This module was designed to work in most browsers, operating systems, and platforms.

To view some of the toolkit documents, you will need Microsoft Word or the free Adobe Reader installed on your computer. See our Technical Requirements page to download the Adobe Reader plugin.


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Graphic of stacks of pennies growing like seedlings from soil.
November 10, 2016
Leadership & Management
Self-Paced Course
1.25 hours
Competency Domains: 
Financial Planning and Management Skills
Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills