Grant Acquisition and Management – HLTH 553

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course acquaints students with the “soft” money world of private and public grants, promotes the development of grant writing skills and identifies the practical issues of managing a grant once acquired.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Many employers, especially those in public health and healthcare delivery systems, rely to some degree upon philanthropy. The purpose of this course is to teach basic “grantmanship” terminology and skills as well as organizational grant management principles.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Determine if an organization is eligible to apply for grants.
    2. Distinguish the difference between public and private grant-making entities.
    3. Differentiate the 10 major categories of grant requests.
    4. Produce a 5–10-page grant proposal.
    5. Describe the steps for successfully managing a grant once it is obtained.
    6. Recall the guiding principles and key concepts used by grant managers.
    7. Identify the major financial reporting issues in managing grants.
    8. Evaluate ethical responsibilities to GOD and others when spending grant funds.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (3)

There are 2 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. Discussion Boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will post a thread to the module/week’s discussion topic and then reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads in the same module/week.

Investigative Report

The student will investigate 2 grant information data reservoirs: and the Foundation Center, one public and the other private, designed to inform organizations about acquiring grant money. The student will then write a 3–5-page report with citations.

Grant Proposal

The student will write a grant proposal for an actual or fictitious non-profit organization. The proposal is broken into 8 manageable items. The instructions for each item are provided in Blackboard.

  • Item 1: Identify a 501 (c) (3) Organization [i.e. Organizational Data]
  • Item 2: Statement of Need
  • Item 3: Grant Objectives
  • Item 4: Evaluation Data
  • Item 5: Grant Budget
  • Item 6: Foundation Profiles
  • Item 7: Executive Summary
  • Item 8: Selling the Organization

Case Study 1 & 2

The student will develop two papers based on two grant management case studies and will have the opportunity to display personal ethics and the ability to write professionally.

Grant Terminology Examination

This exam will cover grant terminology. The exam consists of 40 terms that must be matched to the appropriate definitions.

Module/Week 6 Quiz

This quiz consists of 10 true/false questions covering modules/weeks 5 and 6.