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Why should I enroll in the 12-Month Mentoring Program?

You will be learning from the best! We not only pioneered some of the first and longest running online grant education systems in the world, but thousands of our students have generated Billions in funding with success rates usually around 70-90%.

The 12-Month Mentoring Program is the only online mentoring program of its kind in the world. It guides you to increased grant funding, high-quality funder leads and success rates. You learn the art and science of grant readiness, funder research and grant writing at your own pace, in your own home, over an extended period of time. No travel is necessary.

20 years in the making, the 12-Month Mentoring Program reflects well-researched and time-tested online grant education and learn-and-earn techniques proven successful at U.S. colleges and universities.

While seminars and classes are great, learners have even more questions and need additional help when you are in the trenches, writing your grants! This program provides you with direct access to one of the world’s top mentors: Phil Johncock, the Grant Professor, with a 93% success rate and 20 years of grant education experience. Every top grant writer has a mentor. Now, you do, too!

How do you define “mentor”?

A mentor is someone who is going to help you and guide you into the right ways of writing grants. A mentor will also help you avoid the wrong ways of doing things. In other words, a mentor is going to save you time. He is going to save you frustration. More importantly, he is going to help you get a high return on your investment and save money.

What you need to know is that a mentor with a high success rate like we have is going to increase the odds of you getting approved for the grant that you just applied for.

How will a “mentor” specifically help me?

A mentor is going to …

  • Give you timely, time-saving and valuable feedback on your proposals,
  • Be available to answer your most pressing questions “when” they arise,
  • Give you advice on how to customize your proposals to funder specifications,
  • Offer advice and wisdom from decades of personal experience,
  • Help you save time wasted focusing on low priorities,
  • Help you clarify your ideas for funding,
  • Show an interest in your continual professional growth,
  • Help you take advantage of funder trends and the latest research,
  • Have your best interests at heart,
  • Help you improve your technical skills,
  • Help you become certified, if you like, and
  • Much more!

What are the main benefits of my joining the 12-Month Mentoring Program?

Research shows that you will significantly …

  • Increase grant funding
  • Increase high-quality funder leads
  • Increase success rate
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Prepare to pass the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) exam

Do I need to have any grant writing experience to enroll? Are there any prerequisites?

No. The 12-Month Mentoring Program is perfect for beginning grant writers with no experience as well as grant writers with several successful grants under your belt.

No, there are no prerequisites to taking our 12-Month Mentoring Program. However, it is helpful to have some computer experience and ability to use email and a search engine like Google.

How successful are graduates from this program?

In the first two year-and-a-half years of teaching the system you will access in this program, students generated over $1.2 Billion in grant funding. That’s approximately $40 Million per month. In addition, the success rate of graduates is usually between 70-90%.

Graduates from the GPC Exam Prep Course Online have a 100% pass rate success the first try!

Why shouldn’t I take a grant writing course at a college or university?

Keep in mind that all grant writing classes are not equal. There is no standardized curriculum teachers use and no training to prepare teachers. More importantly, there are no mentors. Every top grant writer we know has a mentor who showed them exactly what to do.

Our system has been time-tested by thousands of learners generating Billions in grant funding in the last 20 years. In fact, colleges and universities offer our courses online. Moreover, we designed the first college grant writing certification program in the U.S. in 2001.

What is your 30-day money back guarantee?

Try the 12-Month Mentoring Program for 30 days. If you are not completely satisfied with the 12-Month Mentoring Program for any reason, then simply contact us within 30 days, and we will issue you a prompt refund check. No questions asked. No hassles. That’s more than a guarantee, that’s a promise.

If you were mailed The Fastest Way To Get Grants package, this cost will be deducted from your refund check because this item cannot be resold once it has been opened.

Do you guarantee that all of our grant proposals will be funded?

No. If anyone does make such a guarantee, we recommend that you kindly thank them and walk away. Research does show that if you follow the system you will learn in this program that you will increase your success rates dramatically. The Grant Professor, Phil Johncock, has a success rate greater than 93%. The majority of our protégés enjoy success rates between 70-90%, which is significantly greater than the average full-time grant professional.

What if I miss a session?

If you miss a training session, no worries! All training webinars will be recorded and replay videos made available within 48 hours of a live training. Replay videos are great to review and come back to again and again.

What do I need to participate in the webinars?

All you need is a computer and a high-speed Internet connection. Prior to the starting time of each training session, you simply click on a URL (link) that we send you, and the system will connect you. You can watch and listen in to me as I break everything down into easy-to-learn, digestible chunks. You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions, too!

How does the Interview and Individual Education Plan (IEP) work?

After you register, watch your inbox for an email message with instructions for emailing us 3 good days/times in the upcoming week to speak with Phil Johncock, the Grant Professor. You will be contacted directly by Phil to confirm your Interview. During this 45-60 minute Interview, we will explore your program goals and expectations. Then, instructions for your unique Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be provided during your first webinar orientation. Your IEP will help guide your learning throughout your 12 months and should be updated monthly.

What is the Grant Readiness binder training?

You will be amongst the first learners in the world to learn how to create a Grant Readiness 3-ring binder for your nonprofit or any agency you like. Being grant ready can save grant writers time and organize grant seeking agencies for success.

This premiere training includes step-by-step instructions and tabs for 6 primary sections of a grant readiness binder: Governance, Financial, Legal, Program Management, GuideStar Exchange and Public Disclosures.

What type of access will I have to Phil Johncock, the Grant Professor?

Phil Johncock, The Grant Professor, makes himself fully available to protégés. While he prefers to be contacted by email, you may also contact Phil by social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) and phone. You may schedule appointments by email to speak by phone. Or course, you will also have access during training webinars.

How do the Paid Internships work?

There are three main types of Grant Intern areas of focus: 1) grant readiness, 2) funder research and 3) proposal writing. Once you’ve identified a potential agency with which you’d like to Intern, you will have them complete an Internship application that outlines the scope of work needed. Then, you draft a contractual agreement. Forms and instructions for setting up and completing Paid Internships will be provided during periodic Intern teleconferences.

Through periodic Intern teleconferences, Interns and faculty gather to problem-solve and share successes. From landing the perfect grant Internship to getting the most out of your Intern experience, our Paid Internship program provides you with everything you need to succeed and “learn-and-earn.” Ours is the first and longest running Grant Intern program in the world.

Do you find the Paid Internships for me?

No. You are responsible finding your own Internship. That being said, we are frequently contacted by agencies interested in hiring our Interns. So, we may contact you, once you’ve completed your prerequisites.

We will have periodic Intern teleconferences to discuss ways in which you can find possible Internships and approach agencies. You will learn how to present yourself and draw up contacts to pay for your services. NOTE: If you are employed, you do not have to find a Paid Internship. You may choose an On-The-Job Training instead.

How does the On-The-Job Training work?

If you are currently employed or gain full-time employment during the 12-month period, you are eligible to participate in the on-the-job training (OJT) program. The primary benefit of the OJT program is that you can integrate your funder research, grant readiness and/or grant writing as part of your job. In other words, you have a unique opportunity to “learn-and-earn”!

For some, one of the first things to do is get permission to work on grants as part of your job, especially if it is not part of your current job responsibilities. We’ll coach you through the process of getting permission.

Once approved, the OJT program is a team-driven approach that empowers your colleagues and you to create a “grants team” that gets you bottom-line results. Through periodic OJT teleconferences, you will receive step-by-step guidance and everything you need to get the most out of your OJT program while helping your agency dramatically increase grant funding, high-quality funder leads, and short- and long-term success!

What is The Fastest Way To Get Grants?

The Fastest Way To Get Grants is a 4 CD set of 4 hours of audio training and written transcripts in a 3-ring binder mailed to you. It is an actual hard-copy that you can put on your book shelf or share amongst colleagues. It is a series of 30 best-kept and time-tested secrets to grant writing mega-success.

You get the highest quality content in small, bite-size chunks that are easy to digest and assimilate since every audio track is less than 15 minutes long!

Simply listen, read and learn:

  • How to increase your success rate by developing your ideas into fundable proposals
  • How to attract funders by making your ideas and projects original, timely, compelling and sustainable
  • How to access over $300 Billion (or less if you wish) in grant funds available each year from four primary funding sources: Foundations, Corporations, Government Agencies and Individual Donors
  • Both left-brained (linear) and right-brained (non-linear) approaches to finding funding sources
  • Sample worksheets, checklists and evaluation forms.

Will I receive a certification?

Yes, when you have passed the GPC Exam. Our GPC Exam Prep Course Online prepares you to pass the exam and gives you the confidence you need. Please keep in mind that you have to meet certain prerequisites before you are eligible to take the exam, such as 5 successful grants in the last 7 years and 3 years as an employee or consultant in the last 5 years.

WHAT does GPC stand for?

GPC stands for Grant Professional Certified (GPC). It is the credential you can place after your name, as in Carolyn Henrikson, GPC. The GPC exam is an independently administered test by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI).

What if I have never taken an online course before? Can I do it with little technical savy?

No worries. Many of our students have never even taken a webinar or online course before. Since every online course is different, there may be a slight learning curve. However, we are here to help you be successful. If you need help, simply ask.

How does the Social Media program work?

Our Social Media program focuses primarily on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Google +. You may access our public forum (Facebook page) and private forum (LinkedIn group). You will receive training in how to access and start using Social Media to connect with other protégés, the Grant Professor and larger grant profession. You can participate in forums for job opportunities and resource sharing, even funder research. In fact, we often use Social Media as a learning tool “during” courses and training webinars.

What is the cost of the 12-Month Membership Program?

The regular cost is currently $3,497/year. However, in August 2012, you can get $500 off the price. A 6-month payment plan is available. Email us for information.

How do I register?

Simply visit GrantWritingClassroom.com. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

What are your core courses?

We have three core courses plus the GPC Exam Prep Course Online. Here is a summary:

Funder Research – The Funder Research System is a cutting-edge 5 webinar series that shows you how and where to find rock-solid grant leads for your nonprofit or government agency. The webinars are designed to take you step-by-step through the process of finding the best possible funder matches for your agency. Here is what you will learn:

  • Webinar 1 – Fundable Programs & Matching
  • Webinar 2 – Foundations
  • Webinar 3 – Corporations
  • Webinar 4 – Federal Government
  • Webinar 5 – State & Local Government & Civic Organizations

Grant Writing Basics – The premiere Grant Writing course on the Internet, this self-paced course goes into the 8 main sections of a well-written grant government proposal using the most widely used grant writing format in the world (i.e., summary, agency introduction, problem or needs statement, outcomes, methods, evaluation, sustainability and budget). In six easy assignments, you will learn:

  • How to make your projects and ideas more attractive to funders
  • How to use a Cooperating Collection near you to find funders
  • The most widely used proposal writing format in the world
  • How to critique grant proposals
  • How to polish a proposal
  • How to write a “real” or “mock” proposal

Letter Proposals – You will be guided step-by-step through writing a 1-4 page letter proposal to a Foundation or Corporate funder. Learn 7 parts of a template you can use in letter proposal writing as well as receive many examples before you start writing. In 4 webinars, you will learn:

  • Webinar 1 – How to Analyze Funders
  • Webinar 2 – How to Write Problem, Solution & Capabilities Sections
  • Webinar 3 – How to Write Budget, Closing & Summary Sections
  • Webinar 4 – Mock Reviews & Edits

Will I have access to the mentoring program materials after 12 months?

You’ll receive lifetime access to the core courses and tools/resources shared in this program. You can access all replay videos at your convenience, when you want. If in the future, you would like a refresher, you will have access to replay videos and additional resources. Our sites are password protected.

Sign up today, and you will receive lifetime access to the content of this course forever! It doesn’t get any better than this!

WHO Is 4Grants.Net?

Online Business Services including registration and customer service are provided by 4Grants.Net, a leader in online grant education and product development since 1997!

4Grants.Net launched the Internet’s first Grant Writing Basics online course in 1997 upon request from the University and Community College System of Nevada. They also provided online services for the first college (10-credit) grant writing certification program at Truckee Meadows Community College (Reno, NV) created in 2001.

4Grants.Net has provided online “grant education” for accredited colleges like the College of Southern Nevada and consulting services for organizations such as the Alliance for Nevada Nonprofits. 4Grants.Net was founded in 1997 by Phil Johncock, the Grant Professor.

Is the program endorsed by the Grant Professionals Association (GPA)?

No. GPA does not endorse any specific trainers or curriculum.

Nonetheless, industry leaders like Video Professor and Success University offer our digital courses. Our courses are also offered by colleges and universities such as the University of California, College of Southern Nevada, and Truckee Meadows Community College. We created the only 10-credit college grant writing certification program and the first GPC Exam Prep Course Online.

Moreover, GPA chapters like the Nevada GPA and Miami GPA chapters recommend our courses, as do state associations of nonprofits, such as the Alliance for Nevada Nonprofits (ANN) and other affiliated groups.

WHAT is the GPC Exam Prep Course?

The course is an 8-week series of webinars designed for skill-building while addressing all 9 competencies covered in the GPC examination. Unlike many webinars that are one-way presentations with boring PowerPoints, these are “participatory” webinars taught by certified GPC faculty who are also Certified Webinar Facilitators. This means you will be able to connect the content of the GPC exam to your experience and discuss key issues with other professionals from around the country.

WHY should I prepare to past the GPC Exam?

  1. Certification may provide for greater earnings potential. Many grant professionals who have become Grant Professional Certified (GPC) experience salary and wage increases based on their certification status. A 2009 salary study shows that on average GPC earns 7% more than their non-certified counterparts. In addition, GPC’s are in high demand internationally.
  2. Certification can improve career opportunities and advancement. GPCI certification can give you the “edge” when being considered for a promotion or other career opportunities. GPCI certification clearly identifies you as an employee who has demonstrated mastery of grant writing principles and techniques based on accepted best practices.
  3. Certification grants you more credibility. Certification from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) serves as an impartial, third-party endorsement of your knowledge and experience against international standards in the grant profession. It adds to your credibility as a grant writer and sets you apart from other professionals.
  4. Certification prepares you for greater on-the-job responsibilities. GPCI certification is a clear indicator of your willingness to invest in your own professional development. Certified professionals are aware of the constantly changing environment around their profession and possess the desire to anticipate and respond to change.
  5. Certification improves skills and knowledge. Typically, achieving GPCI certification requires training, experience, study and “keeping up” with changes. GPCI certification showcases your individual mastery by confirming proficiency and knowledge in the field. GPCI certification also requires continual learning and demonstration of competency, proving you stay ahead of the curve in the grant profession.
  6. Certification demonstrates your commitment to the grant profession. Receiving GPCI certification shows your peers, supervisors and, in turn, funders like the federal government your commitment to your chosen career and your ability to perform to set standards such as post-award grant management.
  7. Certification enhances the profession’s image. GPCI certification seeks to grow, promote and develop certified professionals, who can stand “out in front” as role models in the grant field.
  8. Certification reflects achievement. GPCI certification is a reflection of personal achievement because the individual has displayed mastery of his or her field by meeting requirements and standards set in the grant profession.
  9. Certification builds self-esteem. GPCI certification is a step toward defining yourself beyond a job description or academic degree while gaining a sense of personal satisfaction.
  10. Certification offers greater recognition from peers. As a Grant Professional Certified, you can expect increased recognition from your peers for taking that extra step in your professional career.

What difference will passing the GPC exam make in my professional life?

Here is what Amy, Susan, Jodi and Sheila had to say:

  • “I think there’s a recognition. When I am working and in the field, people will come up and they’ll say, ‘Well, she can do that because she’s grant professional certified.’ It really carries the same weight as someone who maybe has like MBA after their name.” (Amy Whitlock)
  • “One thing I’d say is that particularly in the health care setting, people here understand the importance of achieving a certification. It’s been very well-received here (in Florida) in health care.” (Susan Webster)
  • “I think it adds credibility to what we do and puts this on a different level. One of the nice things for us here at Memorial Healthcare System was that because there’s such a culture of getting certification, when we took our exam and all passed, our boss gave us all a really nice bonus. So, that was a pretty nice thing to get.” (Jodi Pearl)
  • “I think in addition to the credibility, certainly it has increased my confidence and my knowledge of the profession, my ability to be technically adept with the skills of being a good grant writer. But most importantly, it has opened the door for opportunities that I don’t believe would have been available before. I have had the opportunity to write for nonprofit organizations in other states. I also have opportunities to work with really successful grant writing companies. I’m currently working with the Capital Philanthropy Group here in Florida which is a very well-received and very successful company. I know that wouldn’t have happened without having GPC after my name.” (Shelia McCann)

WHEN is the next electronic GPC exam?

According to the Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPCI), “the GPC Exam occurs year-round. GPC candidates may commence their registration at any time. However, the registration process is time sensitive. That is, candidates must continue to complete registration in a timely manner to remain in the exam queue.

In general, this approach includes a Cohort Model. Candidates who initially register in August, for example, will be approved in September and will take the exam within a six-month exam Eligibility or Examination Window from September to March. A candidate approved on September 1 could pay the Exam Fee and take the exam the following day or at any time within that six-month window.”

WHERE is the electronic GPC exam offered?

According to the Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPCI), it “uses a Voucher system to enable candidates to reserve a seat for the GPC Exam of their choice. The Exam Voucher will be issued via email following full payment of the Exam Fee to GPCI and should be used to take a GPC Exam within the candidate’s six-month Eligibility Window. If a candidate does not remit the Exam Fee during the Eligibility Window, s/he will not receive a Voucher and will need to begin the registration process again.

Once a Voucher has been assigned, it is the responsibility of the examinee to reserve a seat for the electronic exam, a process administered by GPCI through Kryterion, a national online test administration company. Kryterion works with nearly 500 exam hosting facilities.”

NOTE: Click here to find the location of the GPC Exam test site closest to you.

WHAT is the Return On Investment (ROI) in becoming Grant Professional Certified?

  • Certification may provide for greater earnings potential.
  • Certification can improve career opportunities and advancement.
  • Certification grants you more credibility.
  • Certification prepares you for greater on-the-job responsibilities.
  • Certification improves skills and knowledge.
  • Certification demonstrates your commitment to the grant profession.
  • Certification enhances the profession’s image.
  • Certification reflects achievement.
  • Certification builds self-esteem.
  • Certification offers greater recognition from peers.

For more details on each, refer to the previous section entitled “Why should I take and pass the test?”

WHAT is the percentage of pass versus fail on the GPC Exam after taking your GPC Exam Prep Course Online?

Students who have completed our course have a 100% pass rate. In additional, all faculty members have a 100% pass rate on the first try. While we cannot guarantee that you pass the first time, we will do our best to help you succeed. Our pass guarantee says that if you do not pass the GPC exam, you may retake the GPC Exam Prep Course Online in the future for free!

What do students, intern agencies and others say about Phil Johncock and his courses?

Click on the names/links below to listen to audio comments:

My friend, Phil Johncock, is the world’s top grant writer. Phil gives expert advice on absolutely everything you need to know to write successful grants. He simplifies this complicated world of grant writing, and add a flare of playful wisdom with a twist of magic … for anyone associated with nonprofits. -Mark Victor Hansen, Co-Creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series

Finally, there is an author who gives us tools to see the grant writing process from both sides of our brains. He delves into how you can make right-brained and left-brained approaches to funders. Phil tells you where to find funders, both electronically and in print. –Charity Channel, CharityChannel.com

The depth and breadth of the material Phil Johncock offers is as rich as it is practical. … no one has any excuses left as to why one’s project won’t get funded. -Dr. Jean Houston, Best-Selling Author of A Passion for the Possible and Jump Time

Phil Johncock gives a fresh and vital new perspective on the art of writing grants and getting them funded. His ideas are well worth studying. What I really like about his approach is his combination of the metaphysical aspects of manifestation with the essential technical aspects of grant writing. -Dr. Gay Hendricks, Best-Selling Author of Conscious Living, Five Wishes & Conscious Loving

Here is what other students and protégés have been saying …

Your presentation of how to go about generating funding was right on and so clearly presented that I feel that I have the steps indelibly in my mind and can use them in other areas of my life. I absolutely was hearing a pro talking.

-Betty Rothenburger, San Francisco, CA

By far one of the BEST online courses I have ever taken. I only wish I would have had this valuable info sooner.

-L-Ikera Retzloff, Clark County Law Foundation, Las Vegas, NV


This past Spring, I took your Grant Writing Basics online class. It has been absolutely invaluable to me. So far, I have heard from 2 grantors that I recently submitted proposals to. Both were funded! Thank You!!!!

The E.L. Cord Foundation gave us $25,000 from my final assignment in your class.

Vinny Ribas
Disability Resources
Sparks, NV


I submitted 3 pre-formatted grant proposals earlier this year for our “Public Restrooms for the Homeless” and received all three. I credit your course for the insight it provided.

I enjoyed your course immensely. Your course has given me the knowledge and confidence to construct a grant proposal. I am very grateful, as I have acquired a great deal of information from your course.

Scott Morehouse
Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas, NV


I just wanted to let you know that I received my first grant of $8,000. Thank you so much for all the help. I couldn’t have done it without this class.

Michelle Gorelow
Las Vegas, NV


After the last webinar, I was so excited last night that I spent 5 hours looking at foundations for funding in Oklahoma after the webinar. After 30 Days … I just got a Corporate Grant for $750 and a Foundation Grant for $780.

Janet Violet, Normal, OK


The system really works.

Dan Hansen, Reno, NV


What surprised me was that I found a prospective funder and was able to use it in the course. I have been looking for a while to find a potential fit.

Lisa Filbin, Gardnerville, NV


The webinar is the only place to go for up-to-date information from a seasoned professional.

Joanne Leone, Tustin, CA


What surprised me was how clear and fun a webinar is.

Samantha Becker, Barrington, RI


One of the best courses I’ve taken in delivering what it promised. You must take it!

Cathy Norris, Lake Tahoe, CA


What I liked most were:

  • The initial presentation or introduction by the Instructor was very helpful. Also, his availability, if needed.
  • Grant writing resources given with the class.
  • Feedback on assignments.

The most important things I learned were:

  • Format for grant construction.
  • Correct terminology to use in grant body.
  • Resources for grant writers.

Dr. Emma B. Johnson
San Antonio, Texas


I appreciated the amount of real information versus theoretical that was provided … also, the flexibility of the online format. I gained the confidence and knowledge that I could write a grant if needed.

Suann Lester
Las Vegas, NV


What I liked most was the instructor gave great feedback.

One technique I can apply now is search for funders whose goals are similar to my organization.

The biggest benefit I got out of this class is actually writing a proposal.

Judy Kuehling
Henderson, NV


I liked that I could work at my own pace, but I also liked that there was structure to the course. It made you feel like you were really accomplishing something as you completed each assignment.

I learned a lot but if I had to say just one important thing, I would say the most important thing is to pay attention to the funding announcement and comply with all the details.

I believe I am now ready to write my first grant!

Maxcine Blackwell
Las Vegas, NV


The greatest benefit was working at my own pace. My schedule varies and is hectic and I could fit in my course work according to my ever changing schedule.

The most valuable lesson(s) learned were the format to be used and to be thorough but not verbose in my proposal. Know what the funder is looking for and speak to their needs as much as your own needs for the grant.

Virginia Streit
Las Vegas, NV


I have been interested for some time in the Grant Writing process. It was my wife that encouraged me to take the class.

What I will take away is having the information that is outlined in the Kiritz template.

Robert Meddaugh, MFT, LADC, CPGC
Henderson, NV


What I will take away from the class is the actual writing of the grant proposal and having someone review it with suggestions on how to improve it.

I now have a clue about grant writing …

Russell Smith
Las Vegas, NV


I feel that grant writers are needed at a greater demand. I wanted to have a skill that I could provide to my current employer and this was the perfect medium for me to learn this skill.

I feel that I am more competent on what is required when writing a grant and that I am confident that I will be able to help my employer write grants as needed.

Gretchen Kuchta
North Las Vegas, NV


I enjoyed using the course content to guide me in a real exploration of potential funding for a personal dream. It kept me moving my idea forward. If not for the course, I most likely would have shelved it. I still might, but for now the dream lives on.

The greatest benefits were working at my own pace on my own schedule is paramount in my busy life. I stalled out completely during my daughters’ basketball finals and picked up on it again when things settled down.

Paula Watt
Product Development Professional
Ashtabula, OH

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