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Grant Writing

The following links contain helpful resources on proposal writing:


The Foundation Center’s Short Course On Proposal Writing

Guide To Grant Proposal Writing (With Samples)

Grant Writing Tips from the National Science Foundation

Grant Writing Tip Sheets from the National Institutes of Health 

Grant Writing Tutorial from the Environmental Protection Agency 

The Art of Writing Proposals from the Social Science Research Council

Writing for Community Success in 4 Easy Steps (by Dalya F. Massachi, M.A.)                                            



Logic Model and Evaluation Tools 



Government Agency & Foundation Links

Washington College Approved Indirect Cost Rates: 43% (On Campus) 20% (Off Campus)

Department of Education

Department of State—Fulbright programs, USIA

Department of Labor

Department of Energy

Department of Commerce

Department of Defense

Environmental Protection Agency

Fish & Wildlife

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Fastlane—Web-based electronic submissions


Sample Grant Application

 This successful application submitted by Dr. Anne Marteel-Parrish and two colleagues resulted in funding for advanced scientific equipment:

Proposal to the National Science Foundation


Examples of Successful Grant Proposals

Please contact the author to request additional information regarding proposals.

“A Modernized Undergraduate Psychology Laboratory for Curricular Enhancments in Learning, Animal Cognition & Behavioral Psychopharmacology”
Dr. Mike Kerchner

$35, 355 Total (50/50 NSF/WC match)
NSF DUE-ILI (Division of Undergraduate Education—Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement ) Program
This Program became the current (CCLI ) Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Program:

“The Role and Timing of Human Hippocampal Neural Activity in Memory”
Women’s International Science Collaboration (WISC) Program, 2001-2003
Dr. Katherine Cameron

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Funding provided by the National Science Foundation
The grant allowed Professor Cameron to travel to Mexico to conduct collaborative research.

1997. Spilich, GJ

Integrating an eye movement laboratory in an undergraduate psychology curriculum. NSF-ILI, $10,712.

1997. Spilich, GJ & Acocella, C.

Instrumenting a cognitive neuroscience research laboratory. NSF-MRI, $54,669.

Dr. John Seidel

$30,000 Archaeological Survey of Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore—Maryland Historical Trust (MHT)
$26,000 Chestertown African American Archaeology—MHT
$5,643 Public Archaeology at the Cray House, Stevensville, Queen Anne’s Co. MD—Maryland Humanities Council

$48,387 Geographic Information Systems & Archaeological Predictive Modeling,
Kent & Queen Anne’s Counties—Maryland State Highways Administration (transportation enhancement grant)
$35,000 Archaeological Survey of the Upper Eastern Shore—MHT

$39,140 Archaeological Survey & Cultural Resource Management on Maryland’s Upper Eastern Shore—MHT

$40,000 Pilot Project for Marine Remote Sensing, Submerged Cultural & Natural Resources in the Chestert River, Maryland—MHT
$30,000 Historical Archaeology of the Harriet Tubman Birth Site, Dorchester Co., MD—MHT
$25,000 Historical Archaeology of the Harriet Tubman Birth Site—Saving Maryland’s Treasures & Preservation Maryland
$6,000 IMPART Undergraduate Assistantships in Archaeology & Historic Preservation AY 00-01—funded by the Maryland General Assembly & MHT

$35,000 Harriet Tubman Birthplace Archaeology “Emergency Grant” for remote sensing—MHT
$6,000 IMPART Undergraduate Assistantships in Archaeology & Historic Preservation AY 01-02—funded by the Maryland General Assembly & MHT
$5,000 IMPART Undergraduate Assistantships in Archaeology & Historic Preservation AY 02-03—funded by the Maryland General Assembly & MHT
$54,800 Cultural Resource Survey of the Fairmount and Fishing Bay State Wildlife Management Areas—MHT
$50,000 Harriet Tubman Archaeology Phase II—MHT
$300,096 Heritage Areas Management Plan for the Upper Eastern Shore Heritage Area (Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties)—Eastern Shore Heritage, Inc. (2 year project)

$123,000 A Transdisciplinary Model of Education through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications (w/ Wayne Bell)—Mellon Foundation
$100,000 A Transdisciplinary Model of Education through Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications (w/ Wayne Bell)—Anonymous