This academic year, our grants community submitted more than $2 million in grants requests!! That is an extraordinary achievement and I congratulate you on this work.
Many of these grants projects were interdisciplinary and a number of them explored resources and grantors new to Hampden-Sydney. Interestingly, most of these requests were not for large projects, meaning that a wide cross-section of our campus was grants-seeking. Some of you even participated on multiple project teams. Most important, we should not forget that each grant-seeker undertook grants work in addition to the teaching load, committee service, advising/mentoring and research work that makes for your day-to-day.
Where do we go from here? Bigger and better, of course! This year we undertook one project request at the half-million mark that may be transformative for us; more requests on that funding scale and with significant transformative potential are in the planning stages. We also explored more public funding resources than we have in the past - a type of funding that can be harder to obtain, but may open the door for interesting collaborations and community partnerships from which we will reap continuing benefits.
Along the way, we continued to build the tools, resources and partnerships that will make grants both easier to undertake and more rewarding for you. Thank you for your embrace of new ideas, creative approaches, and open communication.
Remember, now that AY 2016-17 is closing, the Grants Connection will be on hiatus until August. In the meantime, enjoy a great adventure this summer!
PJ. Townsend, Director of College Grants