Understanding the Process
Developing a grant proposal is a dynamic process, and each case is unique.
The following steps describe the basic process of developing a grant proposal at MCC. Please note that additional work may be required, depending on grant guidelines and the project’s complexity
Faculty/Staff who are interested in developing a grant proposal at MCC should:
- Contact the MCC Office of Institutional Effectiveness, who will assist with connecting to the appropriate district or college staff to assist with the particular grant effort.
- Consult about grant writing with your supervisor(s).
- Search for grant opportunities through eCivis, grants.gov, etc.
- Participate in the District’s Grant Writing 101 workshop if available.
Generate ideas for grant writing (Need Statement).
- What issues affect our students, faculty, staff, and college?
- How do we know if the issues exist? (data, studies, reports, etc.).
- What do we need to solve the issues?
Identify a funding opportunity, and learn about its guidelines.
- Are we eligible for this funding opportunity?
- When is the application deadline?
- Is it a public or private source of funding?
- Do we need to provide matching funds?
Form a project team.
- Get key personnel involved in the proposed project.
- Discuss the project’s scope and details, such as operation plan, timeline, budget, sustainability plan, evaluation methods, and report preparation.
- Start drafting documents for a grant application.
Prepare a grant proposal for approval/submission.
- Get the application reviewed/approved by the chain of command.
- Complete a Project Summary Approval form for the College President’s signature.
- Submit a “nearly-finalized” application for the District’s approval ten (10) business days before the application deadline.