English 371: Course Calendar: Spring 2019
This calendar subject to change. Students will be informed of any changes.
How to read this calendar (and manage your work this semester)
- OGWB = The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need
- WGSBS = Winning Grants Step by Step (web site = http://bit.ly/wgsbs If this address does not work for you, then use Google and search for “Winning Grants Step by Step website”)
- Organize all of the digital copies of your writing assignments according to whatever system makes sense to you. Additionally, maintain a backup of these digital copies.
- Formatting Requirements: All writing assignments should
- Be written in complete sentences,
- Be single-spaced & block formatted, in 12-point Times New Roman text,
- Include your name & the date in the upper left-hand corner (unless writing a business letter, then follow business letter formatting guidelines).
- Be submitted to Blackboard by 11:59pm of the night before the date they're listed on the calendar.
- (You can download properly formatted sample student writing documents from this address: http://upstateenglish.org/371/371-handouts.html)
T January 15
- Introduction of course, syllabus, policies, expectations.
- Watch the first 2 short videos on the English 371 YouTube Playlist: "Let's Get Started" and "Course Overview."
- To participate in draft workshops you need a Google account
- If you do not already have a Gmail account, go ahead and sign up for one.
- After you have created your Gmail account, fill out this form so that I know what your account is.
- Details about draft workshops will be provided later.
- Questions for discussion, to get things started.
- Go to the "Discussions" page for English 371 on Blackboard and add your voice: "Introduce yourself and brainstorm a few ideas for local issues that are important to you and local nonprofit organizations you'd like to work with. And by 'local' I mean the City of Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, or some other community in Upstate South Carolina. Try to focus on something real, something meaningful to you. Your major work this semester will involve writing a hypothetical grant for a real nonprofit organization to fund a project to address a real issue. If any of this is unclear to you, be sure to ask questions."
R January 17
- Read "Introduction: An Overview of the Grantseeking Process" in Winning Grants Step by Step (WGSBS).
- Carefully read the Foundation Center's "Proposal Writing Short Course," take notes, and be prepared for a quiz and for discussion: http://upstateenglish.org/371/shortcourse/
- Proposal Writing Short Course quiz: On Blackboard, click "Assignments" and then click "Quiz: Proposal Writing Short Course." You may take it as many times as you like to get the answers right.
- Proposal Writing Short Course discussion: Go to the "Discussions" on Blackboard and add your voice: Now that you've read the Foundation Center's "Proposal Writing Short Course," what are your thoughts?" Consider the prompts listed in the forum.
T January 22
R January 24
- Point your web browser to the Winning Grants Step by Step (WGSBS) web site at http://bit.ly/wgsbs
- Download and print the "Sample Proposal: Common Grant Application for Autism Program"
- Evaluate the sample proposal using what you learned in the "Proposal Writing Short Course."
- Write about 200- to 300-words explaining why you'd fund it or not and be prepared to discuss your rationale. (Format properly. Submit to Blackboard.)
T January 29
- Read Step 2 "Developing Relationships with Funders" in WGSBS.
- Complete Worksheet 2.1 (available on WGSBS web site). Answer the questions for your own project, not the example in the textbook.
- Write a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) for your own project, based on your answers to the worksheet. Format as a business letter. (Submit to Blackboard.)
R January 31
T February 5
Read Step 3 "Writing a Compelling Problem Statement" in WGSBS and Lesson 7 "Identifying and Documenting the Need: What Problem Will a Grant Fix?" in OGWB
Complete Worksheet 3.1 "Statement of Problem Questionnaire" (MS Word). (Submit to Blackboard.)
Review the "Statement of Problem" Assignment.
Your "Statement of Problem" draft should be finished and ready to share very soon. We'll engage in an online draft workshop featuring peer review.
Draft Workshop Instructions:
Download and read these sample Problem Statements:
- Carefully read the Online Peer Review Instructions.
- (Consult the GoogleDrive Help Overview, if you need to, including the illustrated, step-by-step guide on how to upload, convert, and share files in Google Docs).
- Upload your draft to GoogleDrive by the specified deadline (see below), following the Online Peer Review Instructions.
- Let me know if you have any questions!
R February 7
- Read Lesson 5 "Intangibles: Things They Never Tell You (About Proposal Writing)" & Lesson 6 "Writing (Proposals) with Style: 12 Basic Rules" in OGWB.
- Read Appendix 1 "50 Tips for Improving Your Chances of Winning a Grant" in OGWB
- Answer the Short Answer questions at the end of Lesson 6 in OGWB. (Submit to Blackboard.)
F February 8
- Due: Draft of Problem Statement, ready for the online draft workshop. By 11:59pm you should...
- Upload to GoogleDrive, following the "Draft Workshop Instructions" below.
- Also submit to Blackboard under "Assignments > DRAFT: Problem Statement"
T February 12
- Finish Draft workshop of Problem Statement
R February 14
- Read Lesson 8 "Goals and Objectives: What Do You Hope to Achieve if You Get the Money?" in OGWB and Step 4 "Defining Clear Goals and Objectives" in WGSBS
- Complete Worksheet 4.1A "Goals and Objectives Exercise" from WGSBS web site. (Submit to Blackboard.)
F February 15
- Due: Revised draft of Problem Statement, uploaded to Blackboard by 11:59pm. Submit under "Assignments > FINAL: Problem Statement"
T February 19
- Read Lesson 9 "Developing and Presenting a Winning Program" in OGWB and Step 5 "Developing the Methods" in WGSBS.
- Complete Worksheet 5.1 "Methods Exercise" from WGSBS web site. (Submit to Blackboard.)
R February 21
- Read Lesson 11 "The Evaluation Plan: How Can You Be Sure if Your Program Worked?" in OGWB and Step 6 "Preparing the Evaluation Component" in WGSBS.
- Complete Worksheet 6.1 "Evaluation Planning Questionnaire" from WGSBS web site.
- Review the "Project Description" Assignment.
- Your "Project Description" draft should be finished and ready to share soon. We'll engage in an online draft workshop featuring peer review.
- Download and read these sample Project Descriptions:
T February 26
R February 28
- Draft workshop of Project Description
T March 5
R March 7
T March 12
R March 14
T March 19
- Read Lesson 13 "Sustainability: How Will You Continue the Program When the Grant Funds Run Out? (and You'd Better Not Say, 'I Won't!')" in OGWB and Step 7 "Developing Sustainability Strategies" in WGSBS
R March 21
- Complete Worksheet 7.1 "Future Funding Questionnaire" from WGSBS web site. (Submit to Blackboard.)
- Write a 200- to 300-word answer to the Essay Question 1 at the end of Lesson 13 in OGWB. (Format properly. Submit to Blackboard.)
T March 26
- Read Lesson 12 "The Budget: How Much Will It Cost . . . and Is the Cost Reasonable?" in OGWB and Step 8 "Developing the Program Budget" in WGSBS.
R March 28
- Write a 200- to 300-word answer to the Short Answer questions at the end of Lesson 12 in OGWB. (Format properly. Submit to Blackboard.)
- Complete Worksheet 8.1 "Revenue and Expense Budget" from WGSBS web site. (Submit to Blackboard.)
T April 2
- Submit Budget to Blackboard.
- Read Lesson 14 "Capacity: Proving That You Can Get the Job Done" in OGWB and Step 9 in WGSBS "Writing the Organization Background Component."
R April 4
- Write a 200- to 300-word answer to the Essay Question at the end of Lesson 14 in OGWB. (Format properly. Submit to Blackboard.)
- Complete Worksheet 9.1 "Organization Background Exercise" from WGSBS web site. (Submit to Blackboard.)
T April 9
- Work on revising Problem Statement
R April 11
- Submit "Organization Information" to Blackboard.
- Read Lesson 15 "Front and Back: The Cover Page or Cover Letter, the Abstract, the Table of Contents, and the Appendix" and Funders Roundtable II in OGWB and Step 10 "Writing the Proposal Summary" in WGSBS
- Write a 200- to 300-word answer to the Essay Question at the end of Lesson 15 in OGWB. (Format properly. Submit to Blackboard.)
T April 16
- Work on revising Project Description
R April 18
- Read Lesson 16 "The Site Visit—Playing Host" in OGWB and Step 11 "Putting the Package Together" & Step 12 "Sustaining Relationships with Funders" in WGSBS.
- Download Worksheet 11.1 ("Final Project Checklist") from the WGSBS web site. Use it as a guide while you work on your complete grant proposal package.
R April 25
- FINAL EXAM: covers everything since the MIDTERM EXAM
This calendar subject to change. Students will be informed of any changes.