Institutional Effectiveness :: Applying for a Grant

Institutional Effectiveness

Applying for a Grant

Applying for Internal Grants

  • Presidential Innovation Circle Grant
    The Presidential Innovation Circle Grant is an opportunity for four full-time faculty members from diverse areas to come together and form a project and plan.

    Due date for the CSI Innovation Circle Grant is the first Friday in December.
    Applications should be submitted to Kathy Deahl in the Office of the President.

CSI Common Grant Application Form must be used for the following internal (CSI and CSI Foundation) grants.

  • Foundation Mini-Grants (up to $3,000)
    The purpose of these grants is to stimulate creative ideas and activities and their subsequent implementation that result in improved student learning. Collaboration among staff is an important criterion for selection.
    • Due Dates for CSI Foundation Mini-Grants are:
      • November 15 or, if the 15th falls on a weekend, the next business day
      • March 15 or, if the 15th falls on a weekend, the next business day
    • For more information contact: Debbie Wilson, CSI Foundation Executive Director

  • Collaborative Retreat Grants (up to $3,000) – funded collaboratively between the CSI Foundation and the Faculty Staff Connections Committee (FSCC)
    The purpose of these grants is to foster communication between two or more areas of the College that have specific mutual projects, interests, or issues.
    • No deadline: applications accepted year-round
    • For more information contact:
      • Debbie Wilson, CSI Foundation Executive Director
      • Chair, Faculty Staff Connections Committee

  • Professional Development Grants (up to $3,000)
    The purpose of these grants is to provide travel expenses to attend conferences in order to gain information/expertise that can return to the College for discussion, planning, and/or continuous improvement.
    • Due Dates for Professional Development Grants are:
      • November 15 or, if the 15th falls on a weekend, the next business day
      • March 15 or, if the 15th falls on a weekend, the next business day
    • For more information contact: Debbie Wilson, CSI Foundation Executive Director

  • Pioneering Grants ($5,000-$10,000)
    The purpose of the Pioneering Grants is to support the Strategic Plan of the institution and promote farsighted, innovative, or visionary projects.  CSI faculty and staff are eligible to apply.  Applicants must show how the proposed projects will contribute to student learning, development, and success.  Projects involving inter- and intra-departmental collaboration among faculty and/or staff are encouraged.  Pioneering Grants are NOT meant to pay for ongoing operational costs or for projects that should be built into the regular departmental budgets through the annual UDP process. Pioneering Grants can be used for equipment. (See the CSI Common Grant Application Form for allowable and restricted expenditures.)

    The President of the College makes funds available to support development and innovation at CSI. Pioneering Grants are up to $10,000.  (availability of funds varies from year to year).

    Due date for Pioneering Grants is May 15 or, if the 15th falls on a weekend, the next business day.

    For more information contact Donanna McKinstry in the Office of Grants Development.

    Applicants will be asked to complete the CSI Common Grant Application form.

Applying for External Grants

The following procedures must be followed when applying for external grants (federal, state, corporate, foundations, etc.):

  • Faculty and staff are encouraged to discuss the potential grant opportunity with the institutional Grant Writer.
  • An External Funding Request Form must be filled out for all external grant applications.  Completed forms can be submitted to the Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer who will present it to the President's Cabinet for its review and consideration.  Applicants may be invited to present their proposal in person.
  • Members of the President's Cabinet must approve the grant proposal before writing commences – prior approval is required. 
  • Applicants will be notified of the Cabinet's decision by Donanna McKinstry.
  • After securing all required signatures, the External Funding Request Form goes back to the Grant Development Office (Taylor #120), and writing of the grant can commence. 
  • Draft external grant proposals must be shared with members of the President's Cabinet prior to submission.  Draft proposals should be e-mailed to members of the President's Cabinet at least one week prior to the deadline for submission.  This provides enough time for Cabinet members to read the proposal and make any suggestions for changes, and also allows the individual writing the grant to make any necessary changes prior to submission.
  • Applicants must complete and secure appropriate signatures on the External Grant Submission Form prior to submitting the grant. Completed forms must be submitted to Donanna McKinstry.
  • It is important not to wait until the very last minute to submit the grant.  Things can and will go wrong: hardware/software problems, Internet connection problems, and the submission website can be overloaded or can go down, etc.
  • Before a grant is submitted electronically (e.g. through grants.gov) or mailed in hard copy form, an External Grants Submission Form must be completed, signed, and submitted.
  • Final copies of the grant must be submitted to the Grant Development Office and to the Project Director/Manager.

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