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LIS 450RRL: GRANTWRITING AND FUNDRAISING

Syllabus

Summer 2001

NOTE: If you are signed up as a student in this course, please go to Student Information Form, fill it out and send it to me. Thanks.

Objectives of the Course. Students, upon completion of the course, will be able to:




Approach grant seeking, proposal writing, and fundraising positively and confidently,

Identify and approach funding sources,

Draft an effective fund raising letter incorporating all the components of a good letter proposal.

Produce an elaborated proposal with introduction, problem statement, objectives, proposed activities, an evaluation plan, a dissemination plan and a justified budget.

Critique a colleague's proposal for logical consistency and match to target funder's interest and provide suggestions for improvement.

Point out the similarities and differences between grantwriting and fundraising.

Develop effective and efficient collaborative skills in working with a partner (or partners) in a virtual environment.



Textbooks, Readings and Useful Websites. The two required textbooks for the class are:

Miner, Lynn E., Jeremy T. Miner and Jerry Griffith Proposal Planning & Writing 2nd Oryx Press, 1998.

Steele, Victoria and Stephen D. Elder. Becoming a Fundraiser. 2nd ed. ALA, 2000.

A bibliography of other print sources is also provided.

Please also see Funding sources for links to a variety of useful Internet pages.



Assignment Overview. Students may take the course for either 1/2 or 1 unit. Differing requirements are as follows:

For 1/2 unit
  • Participate as directed in team, group, and individual work.

  • Submit organizational description with "claim to fame" [individual].

  • Identify two possible funding sources (if possible, one should be public and one private) with fundable ideas for each.

  • Write letter proposal or fundraising plan [individual or team] and present.

  • Specific a fundung need, objectives and method of evaluating how well objectives have been achieved [individual or team].

  • Write reviewer's comments on draft proposal for a team doing full proposal [individual or team].

  • Prepare all submissions as web pages.

For 1 unit
  • Participate as directed in team, group, and individual work.

  • Submit organizational description with "claim to fame" and concept paper [individual].

  • Create grant agency prospect form and identify four to five possible funding sources (if possible, at least two should be public and two private). For each one, provide at least one fundable idea.

  • Create a full proposal in parts as follows: [team]
    • Need statement, Goal(s) and Objectives
    • Work Plan and Resource Plan
    • Dissemination Plan and Evaluation Plan
    • Budget with justifications and specifications (where needed)
    • Cover Sheet and Abstract (Revised Concept Paper)

  • Write reviewer's comments on draft proposal for a team doing letter proposal or fundraising plan [individual].

  • Prepare all submission as web pages.


Please see Assignments for more detail with a picture of how these assignments are related and when each piece is due.



Grading. Grading will be based on the following weights:
  • Participation on Webboard and live chat and on assignments demonstrating ability to work collegially and to contribute meaningfully (25%),
  • Organizational description, concept paper and funding source(s) (15%),
  • (1/2 credit) Letter Proposal or Fundraising Plan (25%)
  • (1/2 credit) Need, Objectives and Evaluation Method (25%)
  • (1 credit) Full Proposal (50%)
  • Reviewer's comments on draft proposal (10%)

Note: All members of a team will receive the same grade unless there is overwhelming evidence why it should be otherwise.

Criteria for evaluating the final proposal (for those taking the course for one credit) includes:

    • All elements included;
    • Logical consistency between

      1. Need and objectives,
      2. Objectives and work plan,
      3. Work plan and resource requirements,
      4. Evaluation and objectives,
      5. Dissemination and objectives (or goal),
      6. Budget and work, evaluation and dissemination plans;

    • Tailored to target sponsorís guidelines;
    • Fit between funding source interests and proposal;
    • attractive and easy to read format;
    • Creativity in concept, approach and presentation.

For 1/2 credit folks, these criteria will be applied as appropriate to the letter proposal or fundraising plan.

Incompletes: A grade of incomplete may be taken only because of illness or special circumstances and only with the prior permission of the instructor.




Technological Tools. We will be using the LEEP technological tools. I have made a website of material for the 450 Grantwriting course on my home system (http://ils.unc.edu/daniel/450/) but I will also link pages to the LEEP class space and use that space for all the interactive components of the class: the live web tour, the class webboard. The archives for audio and chat sessions will be posted there as well.

Readings for the class that have been designated as reserve readings -- either required or highly recommended will be converted by the library staff to electronic files, which will be linked from the LIS Library Gateway page. You will need a password to access the site and the resources. Passwords are assigned and maintained by the LEEP staff. Because the class is project based, I do not foresee a lot of class-assigned outside reading. Your textbooks should provide most of the background material you will need. The reading list is for your use once the course is completed and you have more time to explore some of the finer details or alternative approaches.

You will be working interactively with a group of your classmates (grouped by common interests insofar as possible) and one (or possibly two) team mates. Your collaborative work will be produced as .html web pages using SiteEdit. It will be helpful to read (or re-read) all the helpful hints, FAQs, etc. provided at Site Edit in the HTML work zone.

We will use the LEEP Bulletin Board designated for the class for discussion and group critiques.

In addition to these asynchronous tools, we will also need to meet simultaneously a number of times through the semester. See the schedule for a tentative schedule of times for such meetings.

Of course in addition to these fancy LEEP tools, we will be able to email each other as frequently as you wish. With the exception of one week in July, I should be able to respond to your individual email messages with 24 hour turnaround.


If you have any comments or questions on any aspect of the syllabus, please contact Evelyn Daniel