INFO 282-12
Grant Writing and Alternative Funding Resources
Fall 2018 Syllabus

Patty Wong
Cell phone: (530) 848-8768

Office Hours: All times are based on Pacific Time.  Course begins 
August 21, 2018. Course orientation session will be held Friday, August 10, at 7 p.m. and repeated Saturday, August 11 at 9 a.m.  Session will be recorded and student review prior to the course is mandatory. Office hours/Collaborate Sessions will be held for eight sessions on the following Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeated on Saturdays at 9 a.m. unless indicated:  August 24 repeated August 25, September 7 repeated September 8, September 21 repeated September 22,   October 5 repeated October 6, October 19 repeated October 20, November 2 repeated November 3, November 16 repeated November 17, and November 30 repeated December 1.  Student Presentations held on December 7 and December 8.   Office hours are about 1.0 hours in length and consist of a supplementary lecture and a question and answer session and are mandatory to review.  Tours of various grants databases will be held on September 2 and September 16 at 9 a.m. Pacific.  Sessions are all recorded and archived for student review at any time.  Office hours may also be scheduled by individual appointment.

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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning August 21, 6 am PT unless you are taking an intensive or a one-unit or two-unit class that starts on a different day. In that case, the class will open on the first day that the class meets.

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Course Description


  1. A Course Orientation session will be provided on Friday, August 10, 2018, at 7 p.m. Pacific and repeated Saturday, August 11, 2018, at 9 a.m. Pacific and will be recorded for student review. Students are only required to participate or view one of the archived Course Orientation sessions prior to the start of class.
  2. You must select a library or nonprofit or another similar organization to work with in writing a grant. The work you provide is based on real casework, in a real situation. You may choose any type of library or nonprofit, including a work or volunteer environment.  In selecting a library or nonprofit, consider your options carefully. Prepare your potential client with a copy of this Syllabus so they have a firm understanding of the expectations and the timeline All students will be sent a document of considerations prior to the course. You must have a client already determined prior to class.  If you need suggestions for clients, the instructor can provide you with a list of key contacts.

This is a hands-on introductory course in grants and alternative funding resources for all libraries, with an emphasis on public libraries. Skills developed are applicable to other organizations as well. Students will work with a real library or other organization, assess library needs and future service development, create a marketing piece that outlines organizational mission and strengths, research current and potential funders, develop an actual grant or proposal for implementation, and determine funding and management priorities for alternative resource development. Students will become familiar with various types of funding resources for libraries and program development. 

Each week will focus on written and discussion board examination of the topics related to grant writing and alternative funding sources for libraries. Most of the research will be conducted through online resources and fieldwork with a library or other organization of the student’s choice. These organizations may include nonprofits, information agencies, schools and even the student's own workplace.

Preparation: Before enrolling, students should make contact with a library or organization that is interested in a small grant project. For more information on how to approach an organization or for suggestions on partner libraries, contact course instructor at

Students need to identify a library or organization of their choice, a key contact and begin research with the "client" prior to course initiation.

The student will be evaluated on the content of their ongoing grant proposal development, documentation to accompany the proposal, and related supporting materials, as well as ongoing communication and participation, analysis and collegial support, demonstrated through the Discussion Board.

Course Calendar
Subject to change with one week notice, the following calendar of coursework will be:

  • Unit One - August 21-September 2– Welcome and introduction, goals of course, student identification of personal objectives for course, identification of one organization and project to consider; grants and funding vocabulary; ethics, confidentiality, integrity of the process for the client and the funder, intellectual freedom issues, integration of mission and vision of organization with funder priorities. Organizational Profile.  CLO#1
  • Unit Two - September 3-16–  Know Your Client: Assessing the Library needs and wants: mission, vision, existing and future programs and services. Identification of one program/project/service area to develop or enhance and identification of key potential grantors. Initiate research of grants and alternative funding sources. Begin funding priorities template. CLO #2
  • Unit Three - September 17-30: Determining funder goals, learning about the funder organization, preparing for the first contact, documentation accumulation, 990 IRS analysis. CLO #3
  • Unit Four - October 1-14: Program readiness and preparation, internal Library team development, gathering supporting documents. Goals and objectives for the program including implementation and evaluation criteria. Grant deconstruction. CLO #5 and CLO #6
  • Unit Five -October 15-28: Writing, editing and preparing the proposal/grant request/application and implementation.  CLO #4
  • Unit Six- October 29-November 12: Budget creation and justification; Analysis of results and more research; Annual reports; data mining of like organizations; partnerships and joint ventures CLO #6
  • Unit Seven - November 13-25: Ingredients for success. Marketing and promotion; program/project management; documentation of success; communication with funder, community and staff; evaluation and success metrics. CLO #7
  • Unit Eight - November 26-December 10: Alternative resources and approach priorities; building funding capacity for the future; managing success and keeping track. CLO #7
  • December 10- FINAL Grant application and checklist, bibliography and funding priorities due.
  • December 10 -Final Day of Class.

The assignments and discussion board participation for eight units will be worth ten points for a total of 80 points. The written assignments are worth 8 points; the discussion board participation is worth 2 points. The final grant is worth 20 points for a total of 100 points for the course. Students will be required to contribute to each discussion board topic by SUNDAY of the second week of each Unit and then respond to at least two colleagues. All students are required to lead a discussion with fellow students for one of seven discussion topics.

Extra Credit
An extra credit assignment of 2 points will be provided during Unit 3 where students will be asked to provide feedback on their experience so the instructor can determine any course changes if needed.  If a secondary final grant application is submitted, up to 4 points of extra credit may be awarded. A final 4 points of extra credit is allowed for a presentation at the end of the semester.

Late Assignments
A one-point (1.0) deduction will be made for every day that the assignment is late, not to exceed 2.0 points for the Unit. Students must communicate with the instructor to advise her of any late work.

Most of the work will be conducted through online research and fieldwork and referral to the textbook.

Supplemental readings will be available through the King Library’s reserved reading program and distributed through the course.

Pivot Database is available online through SJSU iSchool Databases. Please be prepared to access the King Databases with your Student ID and password.  We will also be exploring several other grants databases. 

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

INFO 282 has no prequisite requirements.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the grant-seeking process.
  2. Conduct research to locate sources of grant funding, analyze grantmaker guidelines, and assess whether potential funding sources match an organization and a specific project.
  3. Describe funder perspectives and know how to communicate effectively with prospective grantmakers.
  4. Write persuasive material that clearly articulates purpose, responds to the needs of an audience, uses the appropriate voice and tone, and builds stakeholder support.
  5. Analyze an organization's grant-seeking practices, identify areas of potential improvement, and prioritize grant-seeking opportunities.
  6. Assess specific library needs and future service development, identifying appropriate projects for grant funding.
  7. Develop a competitive grant proposal, including budgets, implementation plans, and evaluation criteria.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 282 supports the following core competencies:

  1. D Apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy.
  2. N Evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria.


Required Textbooks:

  • Gerding, S.K., & MacKellar, P.H. (2017). Winning grants: A how-to-do-it manual for librarians (2nd ed.). ALA Neal-Schumann. Available through publisher.arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

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