Florida Gateway College faculty and staff are encouraged to seek grant funding for innovative ideas and program expansion. This process should begin in discussion with direct supervisors and with Grants Department personnel, who can streamline the path to funding. Grants personnel will discuss available search engines and make additional suggestions about where to start a funding search. Often the best place to start is within your own professional associations, including the Association of Florida Colleges and organizations that support particular occupations or academic fields. Grants personnel will help you explore what funding sources are likely to care as much about your project as you do and offer potential as your partner in project completion.
Supervisors need to be involved early and often, so they can offer guidance and support successful planning. One of the first steps will be to complete a Grant Concept Approval Form. This document ensures that you have thought through basic program requirements and provides information needed by the Vice President in your division to make a case for your project to Executive Council members. Approval by your supervisor and Executive Council members provides a green light for further program planning. Prior to submission of a funding proposal, your project will also need approval from the Board of Trustees if the budget is greater than $50,000.
In addition to grant personnel support, we encourage you to review and make use of the following proposal development tools:
- Decision Matrix – a tool to explore the “fundability” of a particular program idea.
- – taken from Winning Grants Step-by-Step, these worksheets help with the development of a persuasive proposal.
- KF Logic Model description and Logic Model Template – these tools are increasingly in demand, especially for large federal grants. A logic model allows you to plan out each activity and projected result and then serves as the foundation for sound evaluation during program implementation.
- 2010_User_Friendly_Handbook – This tool was put together to support the rigorous evaluation requirements of NSF-funded projects. It has become doubly useful, as all funders (big and small) are beginning to require a similarly rigorous evaluation plan in order to compete for funding.