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Learn how to develop successful grant proposals that present persuasive reasoning for awarding a grant to your organization



Meet Your Instructor

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Jack Smith

Grant Writing Trainer

Jack Smith is a nationally-recognized grant writing trainer. Since 1987, his consulting practice has directly contracted training consulting services with more than 200 different organizations and he has taught more than 1,500 grant writing classes in his career. He has taught grant-writing skills for the state governments of Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Georgia, and Vermont, and for agencies and clients of the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Cherokee Nation.


He is also a member of the adjunct faculty of the professional development programs at the Austin Center for Community Based and Nonprofit Organizations, University of Maine, Western Carolina University and the University of Georgia. In 2012 and 2013, he taught advanced grant writing classes in Ethiopia and South Africa for the African Society for Laboratory Medicine and the U.S. CDC. In 1986, the U.S. Department of Energy presented its Award for Energy Innovation to Mr. Smith’s National Self-Help Weatherization Program Model. He has served as the Development Director for Portland, Maine's largest social service agency, and been on the board of more than a dozen nonprofit agencies including the Portland Public Library. Jack earned a master of public administration degree from the University of Maine.