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Andrea T. John-Smith
BPOLST 595
Bothell Campus

Policy Studies Skills Workshop

Provides the opportunity to develop applied skills commonly required of managers and analysts in the public and non-profit sectors. Workshops emphasize hands-on learning 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

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

Recommended preparation

No advance preparation. However, this course will draw on students' prior professional and volunteer experience in nonprofit and government sectors, especially in the arenas of program development, project management, budgeting, and evaluation.

Class assignments and grading

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.a 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 3. Complete two written assignments which will in some cases be presented for peer review in class.

Grading for the course will be based on quality of participation both during the class and in written assignments. Generally speaking, successful completion will entail meeting the expectations outlined above. 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