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Karl Leggett
SOC W 580
Seattle Campus

Grant Writing and Fund Development

Prepares students to participate and provide leadership in grant writing and fundraising for community-based human services. Opportunity to practice skills required for developing a successful grant proposal and planning a successful fundraising program. Identify, cultivate, and develop sources of funding. Students assist in writing a complete grant proposal as final project.

Class description

Choose or design a human services program and get it funded. A number of student projects prepared in this class have received foundation, corporate and government support. The final project, a complete grant proposal, may be submitted to an actual grant making organization which you identify and choose or to a hypothetical grant maker (the 580 foundation)described in the course syllabus. Sample grants, writing technique, basic concepts and principles of fund raising are also presented and discussed.

Student learning goals

Use the major sources of information about public and private grant makers. Understand the prospect - donor relationship process. (CSWE EPAS 6)

Identify how grant writing and fund raising are integrated into the administration and strategic plan of an agency or program. Differentiate types of fund raising and the basic principles of each. (CSWE EPAS 1)

Match institutional priorities and programs with grant makers history, purposes and interests. (CSWE EPAS 9)

Use specific methods to plan for and evaluate grant writing and fund raising. Apply measures of effectiveness in planning fund raising, reporting and evaluating results. (CSWE EPAS 10)

Organize and explain information in grant application format. Write a complete grant proposal ready for submission.

Understand how successful fund raising programs are planned, initiated, managed and expanded over time. Identify important regulatory issues and ethical guidelines. (CSWE EPAS 2)

General method of instruction

Reading assignments followed by discussion and an exercise Writing assignments followed by discussion and an exercise Short Lectures followed by discussion Written feedback on assignments Individual and small group exercises Student projects In three separate class sessions students have the opportunity to hear remarks and ask questions of a full-time professional (1) human services grant maker, (2) human services grant writer and (3) human services fund raiser.

Recommended preparation

Think about... Who you would want to raise money for, why? How would the (grant) money be used? What difference would it make, to whom? How would you know?

Class assignments and grading

Learn and practice in class, demonstrate by completing the assignments. Identify possible grant makers for your proposed program. Three writing assignments are drafts for sections that appear in the final project. One assignment is reading and rating an actual grant proposal. Assigned readings (total ~300 pages)cover the basic essentials of good writing, grant writing and fund raising. Student comments and questions guide the discussions that follow.

Completion of assignments (90%) Classroom participation (10%)


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.
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Last Update by Karl Leggett
Date: 01/29/2013