Hampden-Sydney College works as a community to secure grants support from public resources and private foundations for academic programs and College priorities.

The Grants Connection
April 2018

You may notice that our grants webpages are reduced in number this month. I have moved the Toolbox from the website to the Grants Community in Canvas. The Community also has a toolbox, so this consolidates all resources for your use in one place. It also allows us to create models and forms that will only be accessible by our grants-seekers. Note that being a part of the Grants Community on Canvas is included in the Grants Project Endorsement Form that we now require for all pending projects. If you are not already in the Community, you will receive an invitation to join the next time you submit a proposal.

The Grants Project Endorsement Form has become necessary due to the significant growth of our grants community over the last two years. The form helps to ensure that each pending grants project is shared and discussed so that we may assure consistency with College priorities, promotes collaboration and leveraging of projects for additional opportunities, and prepares us administratively for the receipt and management of funds. Importantly, you should note in using the form that the signatures follow the order listed - that means a first contact/signature with the Grants Office.

Also important: As our grants projects grow in volume and complexity, additional infrastructure will be necessary. Grants procedures and policies will streamline implementation, reporting and closeout, as well as foster clean audits. Continue to read your Grants Connection for the latest announcements as we progress.

Congratulations and thanks to New Year grants-seekers and awardees: Justin Isaacs for an award from the Koch Foundation; Mike Wolyniak for a collaborative submission to NSF; Dennis Stevens, Mike McDermott and the Academic Master Plan Transition Committee (Sarah Hardy, Erin Clabough, Ken Lehman, Julia Palmer) for a planning grant from the Mellon Foundation; Rob Irons for his nomination to a CIC Summer Seminar; Beeler Brush, on behalf of the Clay Target Shooting Club, for an award from the NRA Foundation; and Glenn Culley and John Prengaman for an award from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

PJ. Townsend, Director of College Grants

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Proposal Tips of the Month

  1. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation just published its 2017 Annual Learning Report which synthesizes key themes from the lessons generated by grantee reports and external evaluations. Under the heading, "Strong metrics and consistent measurement can lead to more learning and increased impact," Kauffman notes the data relationship between grantor and grantee:
    • Measurable and meaningful metrics can drive clarity around a program's theory of change and provide an anchor for developing concrete and actionable lessons at the end of a grant.
    • The hypotheses and assumptions in a program's theory of change will somtimes be wrong. This is why it's important to test those hypotheses explicitly, and as rigorously as possible, and generate evidence that can drive learning and strategic adjustments.
    • Monitoring grant performance through regular check-ins with a focus on metrics can help surface issues or challenges earlier, allowing for necessary modifications to the strategy, deliverables or timeline.
    • For portfolios of grantees that are seeking to accomplish similar outcomes, we should assess the feasibility of creating a single, common set of metrics to measure collective impact. The approach creates more leverage for identifying patterns across the portfolio and drawing broader lessons at the end of the grant period. (Note: This is a foundational reason for understanding who is doing the same or similar work as what you propose.)

  2.  Choose your grants team strategically, with two priorities in mind:
    • Is the candidate well-qualified to be a part of this team, i.e., is there a record of previous grants projects and/or scholarship that directly relate to the current project's goals?
    • Do individual candidates have sufficient time to participate? No one person can obligate more than 100% of his/her time. If your target team member(s) are active on other projects, above and beyond full time teaching and committee service, you need to fully consider additional obligations created by the grants project. Time obligations can be reviewed during audits of grants and individuals obligated at more than 100% across all obligations can create a problem for the grant and the institution.


This Month's Most Interesting Reading

The Grants Toolbox page has been moved to the Grants Community in Canvas. Contact the Grants Office for your invitation to join the Community - access not only the Toolbox, but other tools, resources, and proposals that will help you create your own grants request.

Featured reports remain in the Grants Connection, like this Month's Most Interesting Reading: 

College Art Association, "CAA announces 2018 Awards for Distinction Recipients"

EPA Faces Suit for Keeping Nonprofit-Affiliated Scientists off Committees

MDBIZNews, "UMBC Launches Program to Prep Students for Biotech Careers"

US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, "Internship Programs under the Fair Labor Standards Act"

New York Times, "A Wall Street Giant makes a $75 Million Bet on Academic Philosophy"



Academic Year to Date Awards (as of February 27, 2018) = $4,273,791
KUDOS Awards Ticker for AY 2016-17 = $737,777


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Director of College Grants

PJ. Townsend
(424) 223-6144
Estcourt Annex | Box 637
Hampden-Sydney College

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