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Grant Writing

Faculty who are interested in obtaining grant funds for a program or project should first read and then follow the Grant Approval Process.


What, exactly, does it take to find, win, and manage grant funds?

  • Research

  • Contact and Cultivation

  • Letters of Inquiry and Proposals

  • Post-Grant Work 

Read more about these steps here.

Featured Grant Opportunities


NEH Digital Projects for the Public Grants—These grants support projects that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with the humanities. Digital platforms—such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments—can reach diverse audiences and bring the humanities to life for the American people. The program offers three levels of support for digital projects: grants for Discovery projects (early-stage planning work), Prototyping projects (proofof-concept development work), and Production projects (end-stage production and distribution work). While projects can take many forms, shapes, and sizes, your request should be for an exclusively digital project or for a digital component of a larger project.

Read the full program description here.

DEADLINE:  JUNE 10, 2015


NEH Common Heritage Grants—These grants support day-long events organized by community cultural institutions, which members of the public will be invited to attend. At these events experienced staff will digitize the community historical materials brought in by the public. Project staff also will record descriptive information—provided by community attendees—about the historical materials. Contributors will be given a free digital copy of their items to take home, along with the original materials. With the owner’s permission, digital copies of these materials would be included in the institutions’ collections. Historical photographs, artifacts, documents, family letters, art works, and audiovisual recordings are among the many items eligible for digitization and public commemoration. Projects must also present public programming that would expand knowledge of the community’s history. Public programs could include lectures, panels, reading and discussion, special gallery tours, screening and discussion of relevant films, presentations by a historian, special initiatives for families and children, or comments by curators about items brought in by the public. 

Read the full program description here.

DEADLINE:  JUNE 25, 2015



Fish and Wildlife Service Wetland Restoration Grants—support  public-private partnerships carrying out projects that involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats.  

Read the full program description here. 




National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works Grants—supports projects that: 

  • are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;
  • are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and
  • have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.

 The NEA wants to achieve the following four objectives through the Art Works category:

  1. Creation: The creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence,
  2. Engagement: Public engagement with diverse and excellent art,
  3. Learning: Lifelong learning in the arts, and
  4. Livability: The strengthening of communities through the arts.


Eligible Disciplines


Artist Communities
Arts Education
Folk & Traditional Arts
Local Arts Agencies
Media Arts
Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
Theater & Musical Theater
Visual Arts 

Read the full program description here.  

DEADLINE:  JULY 23, 2015 



Howard Hughes Medical Institute:  2016 Faculty Scholars Competition—This is  a new national program designed to support outstanding early-career scientists.

Read the full program description here.

DEADLINE:  JULY 28, 2015


NSF Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)—Supports research by faculty members that engages them in their professional field(s), builds capacity for research at their home institution, and supports the integration of research and undergraduate education. RUI proposals are evaluated and funded by NSF programs in the disciplinary areas* of the proposed research and are funded at their discretion. Prospective PIs should contact disciplinary program officers to identify specific NSF programs and to determine the feasibility and timing of requests.

Read the full program description here.

* Biological Sciences; Computer & Information Science and Engineering; Education & Human Resources; Geosciences; Mathematical & Physical Sciences; Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences


NSF Earth Sciences:  Instrumentation and Facilities—Supports meritorious proposals for infrastructure that promotes research and education in the areas cucrently supported by the Division of Earth Sciences.  The four major funding areas are:  

1) Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment; 

2) Development of New Instrumentation, Techniques, or Software;

3) Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities; and

4) Support for Early Career Investigators. 

Read the full program description here.


Search for Other Grant Opportunities 


www.grants.gov (searchable database of all federal grant opportunities)

 http://www.nsf.gov/funding/azindex.jsp (A-Z index of NSF grants)

http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html (U.S. Department of Education grants)

http://www.studyabroadfunding.org/ (study abroad funding)




The following links contain helpful resources on proposal writing:

United Way of Central New Mexico — Grant Writing Toolkit (Program Plan)

United Way of Central New Mexico — Grantwriting Toolkit (The Needs Statement)

United Way of Central New Mexico — Grantwriting Toolkit (Researching Grantmakers)

11 Questions You Must Ask Before You Write

The Foundation Center’s Short Course On Proposal Writing

Are You Writing for the Wrong Donors?

NSF Q&A Document

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 

Logic Model Development Guide 

Sample Logic Model

Project/Program Evaluation — Measuring Success


Specific Government Agency 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 Applications

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

The Grants Office can provide, upon request, additional samples of successful grant applications to other government agencies (i.e., NEA, EPA, USDA, IMLS, NFWF) and/or private foundations.


Valerie Stewart, Grant Writer
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