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Phil Johncock, The Grant Professor

The Grant Writing Basics online course was developed and is taught by Phil Johncock, The Grant Professor. In fact, it is one of the few courses where he provides feedback on ALL lessons. No rookie teachers here.

Phil Johncock started his grant writing career in 1988 when he received a call the day after he received his masters degree. While he was flattered to be asked to write a federal grant proposal, unfortunately he had no training. “Don’t worry,” he was told by he future boss. “There are some videos on grant writing in the library, and there are resources here to help you.”

Well, the videos put him to sleep in the first 5 minutes. And, while some resources were available, it was through interviewing successful grant writers that he learned the most in those early years.

His first Federal grant for $125,000 was successful. Expecting to serve 250 newly legalized immigrants, things changed when 500 people showed up the first week of registration to take his classes. Luckly, he knew enough to document the need and people on the waiting list. He then went to the State of Nevada Department of Education and requested an increase in funding, which was granted.

Eventually, he received $500,000/year for 5 years and taught English and citizenship skills to over 3,000 newly legalized immigrants. The grant-funded program received national recognition. His career as a grant professional (grant writer and grant manager) was launched!

In the last 26 years, Phil has written 58 proposals, 54 which have been funded. That’s a 93% success rate.

In 1993, Phil was again asked by Truckee Meadows Community College (Reno, NV) to do something he hadn’t been trained to do … teach grant writing. The local community college asked Phil to teach a seminar to leaders in the local community. 45 people showed up for that first class. Throughout the course of the last 26 years, Phil has taught over 3,000 students.

In 1997, Phil designed the first online course for the entire University and Community College System of Nevada. He was again asked by the community college to teach more classes. The problem was that he was living near Lake Louise and Banff National Park (Ontario, Canada), authoring a book.

So, he learned web design and designed the course so that all assignments would be on a website and students would be able to critique proposals, write successful applications, and email all assignments to their professor. This distance education course would allow Phil to teach from his home in the Canadian Rockies. This was the birth of Grant Writing Basics, the first grant writing course on the Internet.

In 2001, Phil designed the first college grant writing certification program at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. Almost 200 students entered the program in the first two years.  In 2003, he wrote and published the first of 13 books, entitled Dream-Making to Billions: Grant Writing Tips from the Experts. The book was based on research conducted as part of his 2nd masters degree thesis on the process and tips successful grant writers to be successful. The book was time-tested by hundreds of students in the grant writing certification program as well as by other teachers of grant writing …


After authoring 13 books and designing several online courses, in 2010, Phil became the Education Chair for the Nevada Grant Professionals Association (NGPA). In this capacity, he soon realized that only 3 grant professionals in Nevada had taken and passed the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) exam. While there was indeed an interest in an online course to prepare NGPA members to pass the GPC exam, there were not enough interested Nevada folks to make putting together a course feasible. So, Phil invited non-NGPA members to participate and designed an 8-week webinar series leading up to the GPC exam on October 5, 2011. This would allow NGPA folks to study with and learn from other grant professionals outside Nevada.

This led to the design and launching in 2011 of the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) Exam Prep Course Online, the first course of its kind in the world! As a result of the 8 webinar series, practice test, small group discussions, etc., 100% of the students passed the GPC Exam on their first tries! Although they were GPC-certified, the award-winning faculty were required to attend and complete a specialized certification program that Phil designed in how to facilitate  ”participatory” webinars rather than 1-way webinars.

In 2012, due to a huge need in the nonprofit sector to be grant ready, Phil designed and piloted an innovative training in how to create a Grant Readiness 3-ring binder. Over 1,000 people took advantage of this unique training in just 4 months. Hundreds of testimonials poured in overnight to attest to the power of this training in getting 80% of your application ready “before” the Requests for Proposals (RFPs) even are announced. It is a huge time saver.

Since 2010, in addition to teaching grant writing, Phil has served as Executive Director for the Alliance for Nevada Nonprofits (ANN).