Grants 301: Cultural Competency - The Power of the Pen

Proposal narratives must reflect the deep social responsibilities of grant professionals to tell the stories of the target population, not just the story of the organization. Words have power, and grant professionals must use that power carefully and with great sensitivity to the clients who are coming to the organization in their time of need. How does a grant professional examine their writing for cultural bias?

It is a journey we take with our organizations and funders together as we grow in how cultural bias and cultural competency affects the perception of a target population’s needs and the effectiveness of an organization’s services.

This training focuses on the importance of describing the needs and activities and how word choices bring to life this context in a grant proposal and report. We also talk about how a grant professional can be an agent of change in their organization when it comes to cultural competency.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to use situational and historical contexts
  • The importance of strengths-based descriptions
  • What person-centered language is and how to use it
  • The power of active voice


This training aligns with the Grant Professional Certification Institute’s Competencies and Skills and is approved for 1.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Full participation in this training is also applicable for 1.0 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

GPC Competencies:

GPCI Competency 4: Knowledge of how to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application
Skill 4.6: Identify proposal-writing approaches, styles, tones, and formats appropriate for proposing organizations and various audiences.
GPCI Competency 7: Knowledge of practices and services that raise the professionalism of grant developers
Skill 7.3: Identify strategies that grant developers use in building social capital to benefit their communities and society at large

Who Should Attend: Everyone

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome: Let's Get Started

    2. Video: GRANTS 301 - Cultural Competency: The Power of the Pen

    3. Session Evaluation

    4. Quiz: Grants 301 - Cultural Competency: The Power of the Pen

About this course

  • $50.00
  • 4 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content