Receiving a grant usually begins with good planning. As the venerable Benjamin Franklin is reported to have said, "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." Plan your project carefully using a logic model, and do your research to find the grant maker most likely to support the work you want to do. Grant staff can help you with both of these steps.
Grants staff review the grant program guidelines and provide a summary to Academic Affairs of key points, including any institutional obligations that are required as a condition of receiving a grant. Upon approval from Academic Affairs, we have the green light to proceed. Grants staff work with you to prepare your proposal. When your proposal narrative (the main body of the proposal) and the project budget is nearly complete, grants staff circulate those documents to the Business Office and Academic Affairs for their review and approval. Upon approval from both the Business Office and Academic Affairs, we work with you to submit your proposal, whether it is through paper or electronic means. Then we wait. Sometimes it's a long wait. Notification can take from a few weeks to six months or longer.
The funding agency notifies applicants of their funding decision by electronic or paper means, sometimes to our office, sometimes to you as the faculty or staff member serving as project director, or sometimes to the president's office. If the answer is "YES", celebrate! Read the reviewer comments, grant contract and terms carefully. Note the conditions and report due dates. The Grants Office and Business Office staff will meet with you to explain and advise on post-award administration of your grant. If your proposal is declined, do not give in to discouragement. Many times a grant seeker is successful on their second or third attempt. If the funder makes reviewer comments available, carefully read them for insights into how you can improve your proposal. We'll be happy to work with you on your next proposal.