For New Grantseekers
The Office of Sponsored and Student Research is here to help! From the earliest stage of bouncing ideas around in your head to submitting a competitive proposal and every step in between. Check out these resources and don’t hesitate to contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Resources for New Grant Writers
PowerPoints from Info Sessions
- WOW + Trust: The Keys to Writing Successful Proposals – An overview of the process and tips for success
- Shaping Your Great Idea into a Fundable Project– Finding fit, defining scope, and communicating impact
- Demystifying Grant Budgets – From the beginning
- All About Fringe Benefits – Valpo-specific information with examples
- Understanding Indirect Costs – Valpo-specific information with examples
- Understanding the GPAF and FAF Internal Review Processes – Understanding Valpo’s processes
- Making Time to Write Grants when You’re Already Really Busy – Tips and Tricks
- Grant Prep Worksheet – A place to make notes about your project idea until you are ready to apply for a grant
- Am I Ready to Write a Grant Proposal? A checklist to help you think through the process
- What Does a Principal Investigator or Project Director on a Grant-funded Project Do? A table showing the responsibilities of the PI/PD, the Office of Sponsored and Student Research, and Finance.
- Making Grantwriting Easier – Some pointers
- Example grant budget and accompanying example budget justification
- W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide – A thorough guide on how to create a logic model
- Why Academics Have A Hard Time Writing Good Grant Proposals
- What Do Grant Reviewers Really Want, Anyway?
- Can We Talk? Contacting Grant Program Officers
- Handling Rejection – A few pointers about what to do when your proposal is declined.
See the Center for Innovation in Teaching, Assessment, and Learning (CITAL) for more faculty support services.
Searching Candid Databases to Find Private Foundation Funders
The Christopher Center Library hosts the Candid (formerly Foundation Center) database of private foundations and the database of grants for individuals. These databases can be accessed using one of the wired computers in the library.
Information on how to search the database for private foundation grants can be found at: https://libguides.valpo.edu/grants.