Grant and Proposal Writing

ENG 433, Spring 2022, Purdue University
Bradley Dilger
TR 9:00a to 10:15a, WALC 3084

Yay! My first chance to teach this course at Purdue. (I've done a lot of workshops, but not a formal course.)

The starting point for this course will be one I taught at Western Illinois University. Scheduling was a challenge given repeated weather cancellations, but it was still a success: multiple students wrote winning grants during the semester and more followed in the year afterward. Here's the syllabus. The major project was writing a grant for a community organization, either working directly with the organizers or pretending to do so. (That is, students will not be required to engage in the community.)

Deliverables will include: a list of relevant RFPs for the targeted research project, at least one annotated RFP, a proposal checklist based on that RFP, and a one-pager describing the project.

All course documents will be delivered via Google Drive. Brightspace will be used for grades and discussions only.


Please purchase the correct edition (fifth, for both). Hard copy or electronic textbooks are both fine.

The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need
Author: Ellen Karsh, Arlen Sue Fox
Publisher: Basic Books
Edition/Year: Fifth edition, 2019
ISBN: 9781541617810

Winning Grants Step by Step
Author: Tori O'Neal-McElrath, Lynn Kanter, Lynn Jenkins English
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
Edition/Year: Fifth edition, 2019
ISBN: 9781119547341

Bradley Dilger <> 309-259-0328
Updated 2 Dec 2021