Grant Research and Writing
Political Science 438W.01 (undergraduate version)
Office Location: AB1 319B
Office Phone/Email: (936) 294-1466, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Ts/T 2:00 3:30, MWF 10:00 11:30 or by appointment
Overview of Course
This course teaches students grant research and writing skills and introduces students to various grant sources. The course content is arranged according to three general themes. First, the course introduces students to different types of funding sources and explains how to match funding sources and organizational needs. Second, the course teaches students how to plan and write grants. Third, the course introduces students to the real world of grant writing by requiring students to plan, write, and submit an actual grant proposal. The last objective provides students the opportunity to develop their resumes by adding grant writing as part of their professional experience.
Students will have the unique opportunity to explore these themes while working with Dan Phillips. Mr. Phillips is a Huntsville resident who has established the Sustainable Builders Guild of Huntsville, a non-profit initiative designed to encourage professionals and consumers in the building industry to achieve a sustainable built environment and to develop low income housing.
Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox, The Only Grant Writing Book You'll Ever Need (2006)
Assignment 1(35%): Written statement outlining organization's goals, objectives, and needs.
Assignment 2 (35%): Written statement identifying 4 grants applicable to the organization's needs and ranking the grants in terms of fit between grantmaker's goals and the organization's goals.
Pop Quizzes (10%): Quizzes are multiple choice/true and false format and based on reading and lecture material.
Final Exam (20%): The final exam is a multiple choice format and based on reading material and lectures.
Make-up exams will be granted to students who can provide formal documentation of a medical or family emergency. If a student fails to provide this documentation, he or she will receive a zero on the exam. Please note that visitation slips issued by the University Health Center are not considered formal documentation, unless the slip clearly indicates that the student was too ill to attend class.
Under NO circumstances will extra credit be offered in this course.
Please see http://www.shsu.edu/syllabus for class policies regarding:
Academic Dishonesty , Classroom Rules of Conduct, Student Absences on Religious Holy Days, Students with Disabilities Policy, and Visitors in the Classroom.
August 24-31 The Basics of Grant Language
Readings : Lessons 1 3
September 5-7 Understanding Your Organization
Readings : Lesson 4
September 12-14 Getting Started
Readings : Lessons 6 7
September 19 21 Defining your Organization's Needs
Readings : Lesson 8
September 26 28 Defining your Organization's Goals and Objectives
Readings : Lesson 9
October 12 19 Coalition Building
Readings : Lessons 10 - 11
October 24 Assignment 1 Due
Oct 26 Nov 2 Searching for Grants
Readings : None
*Class will meet in a computer lab
November 7 9 Class does not meet. Students will complete online assignments.
November 14 - 16 Evaluation and Budget
Readings : Lessons 12 13
November 16 Assignment 2 Due
November 21 24 Thanksgiving Break
November 28 30 Sustaining the Program
Readings : Lessons 14 15
December 5 7 Professional Opportunities in Grant Writing
Dec 12 11:00 - 1:00 Final Exam