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External Grants

Faculty or staff who intend to apply for an external grant should contact the Office of Grants Development to discuss the project.  Prior approval, in the form of an approved External Funding Request Form is required for all external grants.  This allows college personnel to discuss potential funding opportunities, establish institutional priorities, and decide which grants the college will pursue.

Applying for External Grants

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

  • Faculty and staff should contact the Office of Grants Development to have an initial discussion about the project as early as possible.
  • An External Funding Request Form must be filled out for all external grant applications. The office of Grants Development can assist you in completing the initial draft of this form.  Completed forms should be submitted to the Office of Grants Development which will circulate the request for administrative consideration and approval.  An approved External Funding Request Form should be secured before significant work is done on the grant application – prior approval is required.
  • After securing approval signatures, the External Funding Request Form will be returned to the applicant and writing of the grant can commence.
  • Depending on the size and the scope of the grant, further administrative review may or may not be required.
  • Final copies of the grant should be submitted to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and to the Project Director/Manager.


Helpful Hints:

  • The Office of Grants Development is here to assist. Please keep in mind that, depending on the size and scope of the project, institutional grant writers may be doing the bulk of the writing for the grant (those above $500,000) or may simply be reviewing and assisting you as you write the grant.  While our grant writers are experts in grantsmanship, they are typically not experts in the content area of the grant.  Your commitment to the process and willingness to supply requested information in a timely manner will make a significant difference in the quality of the grant, or even if it gets submitted at all.
  • 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.