Grantsmanship – HLTH 491

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An introduction to the world of public, corporate and private foundations. Topic research, organizational communications, protocol, budget development and grant writing are emphasized skill areas.




Healthcare professionals are often employed with non-profit organizations as part of community and /or healthcare delivery systems. Since many of these employers rely to some degree upon philanthropy, the purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the “soft” money world of public and private grants and teach basic “grantsmanship” terminology and skills.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Explain the difference between profit and non-profit organizations.
    2. Compare and contrast public and private grants.
    3. Differentiate between the four types of foundations.
    4. Classify the characteristics of the 10 categories of grant requests.
    5. Compile information on grant writing and compose a proposal.
    6. Evaluate and rank potential foundations for proposal funding.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400-500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200-250 words.

Investigative Report

You will investigate and report about two grant information data reservoirs, one public the Federal Register ( and the other private the Foundation Center, designed to inform organizations about acquiring Grant money. The report, 3–5 pages in length, is to be comprehensive in terms of who, what, where, why and how. The report is to be written in APA style with a minimum of 3 sources cited regarding the data.

Grant Project (7 items)

Each of these 7 items is part of a program or project idea conceived by the student. When combined together, they constitute a grant application submitted, hypothetically, to a potential foundation for funding consideration.