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Online · School of Health Sciences · Public and Community Health

Grant Acquisition and Management

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

This course acquaints students with the “soft” money world of private and public grants, promotes the development of grant writing skills and identifies the practical issues of managing a grant once acquired.





Many employers, especially those in public health and healthcare delivery systems, rely to some degree upon philanthropy. The purpose of this course is to teach basic “grantmanship” terminology and skills as well as organizational grant management principles.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Determine if an organization is eligible to apply for grants.
    2. Distinguish the difference between public and private grant-making entities.
    3. Differentiate the 10 major categories of grant requests.
    4. Produce a 5–10-page grant proposal.
    5. Describe the steps for successfully managing a grant once it is obtained.
    6. Recall the guiding principles and key concepts used by grant managers.
    7. Identify the major financial reporting issues in managing grants.
    8. Evaluate ethical responsibilities to GOD and others when spending grant funds.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

O’Neal-McElrath, T., Kanter, L., English, L. (2019). Winning grants step by step. 5th ed. Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 9781119547341

Ward, D. (2010). Effective grants management. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett. ISBN: 9780763749842.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resources

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Modern Language Association (2016). MLA Handbook (8th ed.). Modern Language Association of America.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Access to the Foundation Directory Online provided by the Jerry Falwell Library
    5. Microsoft Word

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

There are 2 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. Discussion Boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will post a thread to the module/week’s discussion topic and then reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads in the same module/week.

Investigative Report

The student will investigate 2 grant information data reservoirs: and the Foundation Center, one public and the other private, designed to inform organizations about acquiring grant money. The student will then write a 3–5-page report with citations.

Grant Proposal

The student will write a grant proposal for an actual or fictitious non-profit organization. The proposal is broken into 8 manageable items. The instructions for each item are provided in Blackboard.

  • Item 1: Identify a 501 (c) (3) Organization [i.e. Organizational Data]
  • Item 2: Statement of Need
  • Item 3: Grant Objectives
  • Item 4: Evaluation Data
  • Item 5: Grant Budget
  • Item 6: Foundation Profiles
  • Item 7: Executive Summary
  • Item 8: Selling the Organization

Case Study 1 & 2

The student will develop two papers based on two grant management case studies and will have the opportunity to display personal ethics and the ability to write professionally.

Grant Terminology Examination

This exam will cover grant terminology. The exam consists of 40 terms that must be matched to the appropriate definitions.

Module/Week 6 Quiz

This quiz consists of 10 true/false questions covering modules/weeks 5 and 6.

Course Grading

Course Requirement Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (2 at 50 pts ea)


Investigative Report


Grant Proposal Items (8 Submissions)


Case Study 1&2


Grant Terminology Examination


Module/Week 6 Quiz





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


HLTH 553

Textbooks: O’Neal-McElrath, Winning grants step by step (2019).

Ward, Effective Grants Management (2010).


Reading & Study




O’Neal-McElrath: chs. Intro, Step 1, Resource A

Ward: ch. 1

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Investigative Report

Grant Proposal: Item 1





O’Neal-McElrath: ch. Step 3–5

Ward: ch. 2

1 presentation

DB Forum 1

Grant Proposal: Item 2

Grant Proposal: Item 3





O’Neal-McElrath: chs. Step 6–8

Ward: ch 5

1 presentation

Grant Proposal: Item 4

Grant Proposal: Item 5




O’Neal-McElrath: chs. Resource B, Step 2, Step 10–12

Ward: ch. 3

2 presentations

1 website

Grant Proposal: Item 6

Grant Proposal: Item 7




Crum: entire document

Ward: chs. 4, 6–8

2 presentations

Grant Terminology Examination



Ward: chs. 9–11

1 presentation

Grant Proposal: Item 8

Module/Week 6 Quiz




1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Case Study 1 




Bible Readings

2 presentations

Case Study 2




DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.