Spring Seminar: Grant Writing
Grant writing is a useful skill for students from all majors.
Not-for-profit organizations need to cultivate a diversified funding base in order
to remain viable. Developing a fundraising strategy is critically important but challenging
for organizations that do not have access to paid or volunteer development professionals.
In this class, students will learn about the various ways not-for-profits raise funds
Each student will be paired with a local organization and write a mini grant and a
major grant. Students will prepare a REAL grant application so that we can raise REAL
money for our partners. Each year we request over $100,000 for our non-profit partners
and secure between $25,000-30,000.
For IWU students, this course is cross-listed under sociology and political science
but it does NOT count toward the major requirements. There are no prerequisites for
the class. Our partner organizations and other community members are also invited
to participate (for free but not for credit).
Every week, students and partners will focus on a component of the grant process including
researching opportunities, describing community need, reflecting on best practices,
and designing a program and budget. In addition to the grant writing exercises, students
will meet development staff from IWU, local fundraising professionals, and representatives
of the local community foundation. Students will learn from experts in the field
about how to navigate the funding challenges facing all not-for-profits.
Goals of this Course:
§ Demonstrate an understanding of fundraising strategies
§ Create a grant proposal(s) for a local community organization
§ Increase the capacity of local not-for-profit organizations to raise grant funds
§ Practice good action research methods
§ Develop critical thinking and writing skills
§ Build social capital – personally and professionally
§ Bridge the campus and the community through effective and meaningful partnerships