The Grants Connection

Kristian Hargadon with students

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2nd Annual Grants Celebration on February 23rd. It was great to have a moment to network, discuss individual experiences with different grants projects and grantors, and hear from Dr. Stimpert and Dr. Stevens not only words of encouragement, but also about the long term strategy of leveraging grants to support endowment fund-raising.

Interestingly, as we listened to the different types of projects undertaken this past year and as I reflect on recent and current grants work, I note our increasing investment in public monies. These are typically larger opportunities that involve a number of departments and offices across campus. It is advantageous for us to work across our usual silos in this way as it helps us think more as a campus and work together to fund and implement campus priorities. We will always rely on private foundations as well, but I hope that we will continue to explore the public side of grants - utilizing public and private funding helps balance our risk and rewards when we invest in grants projects.

The mini-training, "Positioning for Award" is now loaded on the Toolbox page for your use. In that presentation, you will find great tips to help you build the grantor relationship which is the prime asset when Positioning for Award. Also included are other tips to review in the pre-poposal, proposal, and post-proposal processes. See a preview below in Proposal Tips of the Month.

Enjoy Spring Break!

PJ. Townsend
Director of College Grants
Estcourt Annex
Box 637

Current Funding Announcements


Natural Sciences

  • Simons Foundation, Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences Deadline: Rolling
  • Whitehall Foundation, Research Grants and Grants-in-Aid Deadline: April 15, annually, for Letter of Intent
  • March of Dimes, General Research Grants Deadline: April 28, 2017, Letter of Intent
  • Health & Human Services, Basic Mechanisms of Brain Development Mediating Substance Use and Dependence (R01) Deadlines:  Cycle II, June 5; Cycle III, October 5, through January 2020
  • IEEE, Raise Awareness and Understanding of Science and Technology and their Potential to address a Global Challenge 2017 RFP Deadline: July 15, 2017
  • The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry Deadline: August 1, 2017
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 7-12 Classroom Research Grants Deadline: November 3, 2017 (Note: These are collaborative projects between college mathematics faculty and secondary school teachers)

Social Sciences

Other Opportunities:

Of General Interest:

Year to Date Awards (as of March 13, 2017) = $728, 277

Find here a running list of submitted and awarded grants. The current awards ticker will be updated on this page in each edition of the Grants Connection.

KUDOS Awards Ticker for last year (January 2016 - June 30, 2016) = $184,551

Proposal Tips of the Month

  1. As we explore and submit more requests to public funders, we must also be very careful in putting together budgets for public monies - different rules apply. One of the most confusing is "supplement vs. supplant." Supplementing operating budgets with your funding request is allowed; supplanting existing budgets is not. In, "Grant Writing: Thou Shalt not Supplant," eCivis combines guidance with good examples.
  2. Rella Kaplowitz, writing for the Guidestar Blog, reminds us of the importance of data in grants work: "The capacity to collect, analyze and share data will....enhance your ability to effectively tell your story to current and potential donors and funders. It will also improve your ability to communicate with external evaluators (Three ways to step-up your Data Game). Do you know which data works best to make your case? Your Grants Office can help.
  3. Effective grants proposals are balanced by "communication" - not just writing well, but writing with clarity, empathy (not emotion), in one voice regardless of the number of project contributors, and most important, in a way that responds to the grantor's priorities. In her blog, "Grant Success: Stop Stating, Start Connecting," Dr. Tilly (Grants Training Center) elaborates, "Effective communication in a grant proposal requires knowing your goal and stating it clearly, but also remembering that you have to construct that goal around what your donor wants to hear."
  4. What sometimes seems like a persistence of "declines" can dampen your enthusiasm for continuing the funding search. Here are a few tips that may help you press on (which is the best response to a decline!):
    • Review your approach, the target grantor, the link between the grantor priorities and our own, and your grantor relationship. Focus on boosting areas where you see room for improvement.
    • Remain flexible and creative. Consider that the relationship with the grantor is an opportunity to "hone" your idea. Work with the grantor to arrive together at the optimal sweet spot that funds your project and provides outcomes that advance the grantor's priorities.
    • Remember that new grants are built on the foundation of previous grants performance. If you need to polish post-award grantsmanship skills (budget management, reporting, assessment/evaluation), let's identify training that will help. If time constraints make post-award management a challenge, contact your Grants Office for support.


Use this link to access the Toolbox page, where you will find a library of resources to help you build your proposal.

Featured reports will remain in the Grants Connection, like this month's most interesting reading:  

The Wellcome Trust, "Preprints: We're supporting a call for Central Service"

Surdna Foundation, "Mapping the Journey to Impact Investing"

US GAO: The Nation's Fiscal Health

The National Academies Press, MyNAP

The National Academies Press, "From Research to Reward: The Acid Rain Economy: How the Free Market Tackled an Environmental Challenge"

WK Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide

WK Kellogg Foundation Evaluation Handbook