Get Started on Your Proposal
Whether your inspiration springs from a specific funding opportunity, a successful model at another institution, or your own experience working with students, there are questions you will need to answer to determine if your ideas can be the basis for a successful grant proposal:
- How would this project help Seattle Central students succeed? Think about the need that you are addressing, and evidence/data that would demonstrate that need.
- Does the project align with the college mission and values, and the priorities the college has identified in its Strategic Plan?
- Does the project align with the priorities of your Division or Department? It is important to discuss your ideas with your Dean or Director to gain their support and help in developing your ideas, as well as to learn about potential barriers to your project that might not be on your radar screen. Also, review the Grant/Contract Checklist (pdf) as a reality check on the responsibilities that the Project Manager/Department will assume.
- Does the college have the capacity to carry out grant if you are successful? What staffing, equipment or space will the project require? What will happen when the grant funding ends?
- Will the project require partnerships with other organizations? If so, what would be the role of each organization? For federal grants, there are specific procedures and monitoring responsibilities (pdf) that the college must meet if grant funding is shared with a partner through a "sub award", and it is important that the partners are aware of these responsibilities early in the grant planning process.
- Is there enough time to develop your ideas, gather necessary data, get input from colleagues, and write the grant before the deadline? Remember that the grant should be ready for review by college administration at least two weeks before the due date.
If you are encouraged by the answers to these questions, you are ready to Gain Institutional Support for your grant application. Contact the Director of Grants and Strategic Initiatives for guidance and support in the process.