Syllabus for MSP-662

PRACTICAL GRANT WRITING


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Crafting successful grant proposals to receive funding from funders requires careful research, meticulous preparation, and purposeful writing. Funders find that many grant requests are not fulfilled because a lack of fully articulating a project in the proposal writing process and as a result, worthy causes lose out.

Throughout this course, you will begin to fully understand and articulate the need for a project or organization’s work. You will be guided through preparing individual components of the grant application and how to translate the work into a budget for the request. In addition to the basic application components, understanding the funder's interests, packaging, and other formats will be covered. This course aims to provide a practical foundation to be used toward compiling a full proposal for this course and into the future.

COURSE TOPICS

  1. Overview of grants: the process and the purpose
  2. Types of grants
  3. Researching funders
  4. Matching funding needs with funder priorities
  5. Proposal content and format
  6. Project budgets
  7. Attachments

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate comprehension of grant development, writing, and research terminology. (CO1)
  2. Prepare well written statements defining an organization's program/project work to engage a funder in possible grant opportunities. (CO2)
  3. Assemble a program/project budget and budget narrative for funding applications. (CO3)
  4. Define program/project evaluation measures as part of the program/project description in need of funding. (CO4)
  5. Evaluate a funder’s interests against program/project/organization needs and mission. (CO5)
  6. Present information in a succinct way to meet funder requirements. (CO6)
  7. Justify the solicitation of funds in an ethical manner. (CO7)

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbooks are available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbooks:

  1. Greever, J. C. (2007). Guide to proposal writing (5th ed.). New York: The Foundation Center.  

ISBN-10: 1-59542-129-7

 

  1. Wells, M. K. (2005). Grantwriting beyond the basics, book 1: Proven strategies professionals use to make their proposals work. Portland, OR: Portland State University.  

ISBN-10: 0-87678-117-2

 

Supplementary Materials

  1. Downloadable PDF files.

Recommended/Optional Textbook

  1. Margolin, J. B., & DiMaio, E. K. (Eds). (2008). The grantseeker’s guide to winning proposals. New York: The Foundation Center.

    ISBN: 978-1-59542-195-1

COURSE STRUCTURE

Practical Grant Writing is a three-credit online course, consisting of seven (7) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

  1. Module 1: Introduction to the Grant Writing Profession (Week1)
  1. Course objectives covered in this module include:  
  1. Demonstrate comprehension of grant development, writing and research terminology
  2. Demonstrate and substantiate an ability to solicit funds in an ethical manner

  1. This module will cover the following topics:
  1. Overview of grants: process and purpose
  2. Types of grants

Module 2:  Funding Research and Ethics (Weeks 2–3)

  1. Course objectives covered in this module include:
  1. Evaluate a funder’s interests against program/project/organization needs and mission
  2. Justify the solicitation of funds in an ethical manner

  1. This module will cover the following topics:
  1. Types of grants
  2. Researching funders
  3. Matching funding needs with funder priorities

  1. Module 3:  Statement of Need and Describing Your Organization (Weeks 4–5)
  1. Course objectives covered in this module include:
  1. Demonstrate comprehension of grant development, writing and research terminology
  2. Prepare well written statements defining an organization's program/project work to engage a funder in possible grant opportunities
  3. Justify the solicitation of funds in an ethical manner

  1. This module will cover the following topics:
  1. Matching funding needs with funder priorities
  2. Proposal content and format

  1. Module 4:  Program Description: Objectives, Activities, Logic Models (Weeks 6–7)
  1. Course objectives covered in this module include:
  1. Demonstrate comprehension of grant development, writing and research terminology
  2. Prepare well written statements defining an organization's program/project work to engage a funder in possible grant opportunities
  3. Present Information in a succinct way to meet funder requirements

  1. This module will cover the following topics:
  1. Matching funding needs with funder priorities
  2. Proposal content and format

  1. Module 5:  Program Description: Program Evaluation, Staff, and Sustainability (Weeks 8–9)
  1. Course objectives covered in this module include:
  1. Demonstrate comprehension of grant development, writing and research terminology
  2. Prepare well written statements defining an organization's program/project work to engage a funder in possible grant opportunities
  3. Define program/project evaluation measures as part of the program/project description in need of funding
  4. Present Information in a succinct way to meet funder requirements

  1. This module will cover the following topics:
  1. Matching funding needs with funder priorities
  2. Proposal content and format

  1. Module 6:  Budgeting for the Grant Application (Weeks 10–11)
  1. Course objectives covered in this module include:
  1. Demonstrate comprehension of grant development, writing and research terminology
  2. Prepare well written statements defining an organization's program/project work to engage a funder in possible grant opportunities
  3. Assemble a program/project budget and budget narrative for funding applications
  4. Present Information in a succinct way to meet funder requirements

  1. This module will cover the following topics:
  1. Matching funding needs with funder priorities
  2. Proposal content and format

  1. Module 7:  Alternative Formats, Attachments, Tips, Packaging and Wrap-Up (Week 12)
  1. Course objectives covered in this module include:
  1. Demonstrate comprehension of grant development, writing and research terminology
  2. Prepare well written statements defining an organization's program/project work to engage a funder in possible grant opportunities
  3. Present Information in a succinct way to meet funder requirements
  4. Justify the solicitation of funds in an ethical manner

  1. This module will cover the following topics:
  1. Matching funding needs with funder priorities
  2. Proposal content and format
  3. Attachments

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final project. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in seven (7) online discussions. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six (6) written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics folder of the course Web site is the written assignment rubric used to aid in the grading of all written assignments.

Final Project: Grant Proposal

You are required to submit at the end of the semester a complete grant proposal composed of individual segments that you will produce as you progress through the course.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Discussion forums (7)—20%
  2. Written assignments (6)—30%
  3. Final project: Grant Proposal—50%

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

B–

=

80–82

A–

=

90–92

C+

=

78–79

B+

=

88–89

C

=

73–77

B

=

83–87

F

=

Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.

  1. Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.

  1. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
  2. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
  3. Fabricating information or citations
  4. Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others
  5. Unauthorized access to examinations or the use of unauthorized materials during exam administration
  6. Submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the mentor
  7. Tampering with the academic work of other students

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or the College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of the intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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