Grant Writing – WRIT 601

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

Course Description

A course on the process of grant writing.




The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an overview of grant writing. The basics of identifying need arguments, key players, proposal assembly, budgeting, and networking will be highlighted, particularly in the U.S. context. Grant writing information helps in acquiring grant funds for missional development of humanitarian and evangelistic purposes.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Identify major grant funding agencies in the United States.
    2. Demonstrate basic factual knowledge of grant writing components.
    3. Delineate organizational goals in the broader community context.
    4. Identify key team players within agency organizational teams.
    5. Anticipate funding requirements for project completion.
    6. Compose a sample grant proposal.
    7. Apply a Christian worldview to the problems of funding identification and acquisition in the context of humanitarian or evangelistic projects.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture 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 (5)

Discussion Boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in 5 Discussion Board Forums by posting a thread in response to the provided prompt. Each thread must be at least 450 words and supported by a textbook and other sources, in current APA format. The student is required to reply to 2 classmates' threads. Each reply must be at least 300 words. (MLOs: A, E)

Sample Problem Statement

The student will identify a sample organizational need statement for a real or hypothetical grant funding application, based on Step 3 of the O’Neal-McElrath text. Then, the student will write at least 800 words on the sample problem statement. The essay must include at least 2 sources containing information on organizational, community, national, or Census-related information. (MLOs: B, C, F, G)

Sample Operational Budget

The student will create a one-year working budget for his or her proposed grant project, based on Step 8 of the O’Neal-McElrath text. The budget must be summarized in a tabular format, in sufficient detail. (Sample budget templates are shown on the companion website for the O’Neal-McElrath text). The Excel table must be pasted within a larger Word document of at least 500 words that discusses all cost components in relevant detail. The cost items must include labor, burden, fringe, overhead, rents, equipment, supplies, marketing, and all other relevant expenses. Include references as needed. (MLOs: B, D, E, F, G)

Sample Grant

Following the steps outlined in the O’Neal-McElrath text, each student will submit a fully formed sample grant document containing a minimum of 4,000 words. Each section of the sample grant must be linear and logical from start to finish. The sample grant must be of sufficient quality that it could be presented to a church, public agency, or employer as a conversation starter for a future grant submittal. The sample grant must include a cover page, table of contents, cover letter, overview of key staff, budget, evaluation, and references. Partnerships or appendices may be included, as needed. (MLOs: B, C, D, E, F, G)