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Andrea T. John-Smith
Bothell Campus

Cultural Studies Skills Workship

Provides the opportunity to develop applied skills in an area relevant to professional careers in social, cultural, and arts fields. Workshops emphasize hands-on problem solving, case studies, and actual practice.

Class description

How do nonprofit enterprises cultivate, secure and sustain funding to advance their missions and work? What is the philanthropic environment for culture and policy institutions and movements? What is the appropriate role of grants (versus other revenue types) in a sustainable program strategy? What are the steps in an effective grant seeking process and who needs to be involved? This course orients students to the larger nonprofit sector landscape, then gives them the tools to engage the grant-making sector with confidence through effective research, writing, managing for outcomes, and relationship management.

Student learning goals

Grant Writing & Grantsmanship: Nonprofit Funding Streams and Strategies is a two-credit skill-building course intended to advance the knowledge base of students in Cultural Studies and Policy Studies. Learning objectives include:

Knowledge of and familiarity with the grant making landscape of the nonprofit sector

Formulation of a credible “case for support” for your program

The means by which funding is sought and secured and the nuts and bolts of the grant making and grant seeking processes

Professional ethics and “best practices” of seeking funding within a community context

General method of instruction

Course Expectations 1. Attend and actively participate in all classes. University of Washington requirements for attendance will be observed. No exceptions may be made by the instructor. 2. Complete reading assignments prior to each class. 3. Complete two written assignments. There IS a textbook required for this class -- It has been ordered through the UWB system. It is called "Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals" by Susan Howlettt & Renee Bourque, 5th Edition 2011

Recommended preparation

No advance preparation is necessary. The course will draw on students' experiences, if any, in the nonprofit and government sectors, in particular experiences related to program development, project management, budgeting, and evaluation.

Class assignments and grading

Required Text: Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals, by Susan Howlett & Renee Bourque (5th Edition, 2011). Text was ordered for class via UWB book store. Or it can be purchased via

Any additional readings will be provided in electronic format (PDF) via email from the instructor.

The instructor will assign two writing projects including a) A draft "Case for Support" and b) a "Letter of Interest," both which will be presented for peer in-class review and instructor feedback.

Grading for the course will be based on quality of participation both during the class and in written assignments. Specific expectations related to written assignments will be distributed in class.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Andrea T. John-Smith
Date: 03/17/2014