Creative Grant Writing for Study

HUS 510

Module 3 Case Study “Creative Grant Writing for Study”


Lori, the new Executive Director, is concerned about getting enough funding for her addiction recovery non-profit. Funding is not as available as it has been in the past, as most grant providers are changing their focus from therapeutic to punitive and medical approaches. Lori faces the dilemma of changing her organization’s mission in order to get more grant money or upholding their current therapeutic-based mission, increasing fundraising, and potentially reducing their services. This case study lesson examines the ethics of grant writing and analyses relationships between the Executive Director, board, and staff members.

You will identify the ethical conflict in this scenario and create a solution for what the Executive Director should do. You will make an argument for your solution, using one of the ethical theories.


Step 1: Step 1: Read Case 20: Creative Grant Writing for Study (pages 117-119).
NOTE: You may have to login to the library website to access this material.
Step 2: Submit a 2-4-page paper that analyzes ethical theories. Compare the Kantian and Utilitarianism ethical approaches to this case issue. Presuming you were in Lori’s shoes, provide a clear discussion of your proposed course of action including a which ethical theory you would utilize to guide your response to this ethical dilemma? Utilize the course SLU values (integrity and community) and two standards from the Ethical Standards for Human Services Professional to defend your course of action.

Mayers, R. S., Schoech, D., & Souflée, F. (1994). Dilemmas in Human Services Management: Illustrative Case Studies. New York: Springer Publishing Company. Access the case study through the Saint Leo University library.
NOTE: the course LibGuide has a direct link to the case study.

Ethical Standards for Human Services ethical code.

Use ethical theories to analyze a real world scenario
Analyze the purpose and challenges of grant writing
Determine the best potential solution and evaluate it
Determine the least intrusive intervention or treatment option for the clientele

For this course, the Saint Leo University core values Integrity & Community are most applicable.

The commitment of Saint Leo University to excellence demands that its members live its mission and deliver on its promise. The faculty, staff, and students pledge to be honest, just, and consistent in word and deed.

Saint Leo University develops hospitable Christian learning communities everywhere we serve. We foster a spirit of belonging, unity, and interdependence based on mutual trust and respect to create socially responsible environments that challenge all of us to listen, to learn, to change, and to serve.

Council on Standards in Human Services Education

Standard 17

The curriculum shall incorporate human services values and attitudes and promote understanding of human services ethics and their application in practice.


Council on Standards in Human Services Education—Sub-standards

a. Choosing the least intrusive intervention in the least restrictive environment.

b. Respect for client self-determination.

c. Respect for confidentiality of information.

d. Recognition of the worth and uniqueness of the individual including ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, learning styles, ability, and socio-economic status.

e. Recognition that individuals, services systems, and society change.

f. Interdisciplinary team approaches to problem solving.

g. Respect for appropriate professional boundaries.

h. Integration of the ethical standards outlined by the National Organization for Human Services/Council for Standards in Human Service Education (available on NOHS website).

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