Program Courses

PDP courses are offered online, remotely, and on-campus. Please refer to the Schedule Notes for course delivery information.

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PHIL_NP 381-0 : Essentials of Grant Writing and Program Development


This course will provide students an opportunity to learn and apply skills needed to develop effective programs and winning grant proposals that support a nonprofit’s strategic priorities. The course assists students in utilizing tools, frameworks, and concepts introduced in class and from readings to plan a program based on a case study. Interactive exercises let students practice crafting common elements found in corporate, foundation and government grant proposals, including a work plan and evaluation components, to fund the program developed for their case. By the end of the course, students are expected to have acquired the knowledge and skills in program planning, proposal writing, and evaluation to be confident in contributing to the development and funding of programs that advance their organization’s mission.

Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.

Additional Information:

For more information about the class schedule, please review the Schedule Notes section. 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Tuition : $975

Winter 2024
Start/End DatesDay(s)TimeBuildingSection
02/13/24 - 03/19/24Tu
6 – 9 p.m. 43
InstructorCourse LocationStatusCAESAR Course ID
Roche, Terrence
Remote Campus
Schedule Notes :

This course will be conducted remotely, online.

Synch course dates are 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, and 3/19.

Session 1: Tuesday, February 13, 2023, 6:00PM - 9:00PM CT
Session 2: Tuesday, February 20, 2023, 6:00PM - 9:00PM CT
Session 3: Tuesday, February 27, 2023, 6:00PM - 9:00PM CT
Session 4: Tuesday, March 19, 2023, 6:00PM - 9:00PM CT

This course has required live, synchronous sessions, held online via Zoom at the above schedule. Sync session attendance is mandatory unless otherwise stated by the course instructor.

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Course Materials :

Pre-work: Students must complete reading and a brief assignment before the first class meeting. Log into the Canvas course site to complete these.

Book: Grantsmanship: Program Planning and Proposal Writing by Norton J. Kiritz and Barbara Floersch (2015). This can be purchased directly from the publisher or through another retailer.

Additional resources and readings can be found on the Canvas course site.

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