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What do I do if I have an idea for a grant, identify a college requiring resources, or I see a grant opportunity I think the college should pursue?

You should discuss your idea with the grants director to determine viability and fit with the mission and goals of the college. The grants director will make a recommendation to the requestor, their supervisor and the executive staff member.

What do I do if I have an idea for a need or a project in my department that I would like to pursue funding for?

You should discuss your idea with the grants director to determine viability and fit with the mission and goals of the College. The grants director will make a recommendation to the requestor, their supervisor and the executive staff member.

I have experience writing grant proposals. Why do I need to work through the grants director on proposal consideration and submission?

It is critical that there be a single point of communication for every grant opportunity, so the College does not have more than one person applying for the same grant. This is a waste of energy, lessens the chance the College will be awarded and makes the college look inept.   

It’s also important to evaluate potential proposals for a fit with the mission and goals of the College, with the funding priorities of the funding entity, and to ensure the college has the capacity to carry out the required work.

Why is it important to make sure the College complies with a grant agreement?

The College enters into an agreement when we are awarded funds. It is important to abide by the agreement because it is a contract. It is also important because it can affect future funding. Many foundations have a one-year grant period but are willing to fund in successive years if the foundation staff and board are satisfied with the work. For government grants, poor performance can negatively impact the ability to get future funding. Lastly, by performing well on grant-funded projects, CCD maintains a good reputation in the community, which increases our ability to recruit students, build partnerships with other institutions and employers and secure greater resources for the College.