Obtaining a Grant

Obtaining a Grant

At Villa Maria College, we’ve cultivated partnerships with corporations, foundations, and government entities to garner funding resources that help sustain the College’s mission and priorities. Grants not only advance faculty research, but they also provide support for academic and institutional initiatives, facilities renovation, and scholarships.

If you are interested in seeking a grant, the Director of Grants and External Affairs will work with you from the initial concept phase through post-award. Grant seeking can take time, so it is best to plan ahead. For instance, grant funds received in 2012-2013 were all from proposals submitted in the previous academic year.

For more information, contact:

Mary Robinson, Vice President for Development
Felician Hall, Third Floor
716-961-1824
robinsonm@villa.edu

 

Questions to Consider

Before you meet with the Director of Grants, review the questions below. Not all of them will apply to your project, but they will get you thinking about your project in a way that a potential funder will.

  • Why is this project needed or what problems will it solve?  Why is it important to undertake this project? How does this project fit with the mission of Villa Maria College?
  • What measurable objectives will be accomplished by this project? In what timeframe? Does this project replicate a successful project elsewhere?
  • How will the money invested for this project be used – for instance, on equipment, salaries, overhead, travel, scholarships, or something else?
  • What will be the benefits to students, faculty and the funder as a result of this investment?
  • What will be the benefits to the Western New York community? Will the project help forge partnerships between the College and the community?
  • What, if any, previous support has been received for this project? How was it used? What were past achievements because of the support? What are the qualifications of the academic department that make it ideal for carrying out this project?
  • When do we anticipate completion of this project, or will it be ongoing?
  • Once the project is in place, how will we evaluate its effectiveness? Who will do what and when and where will they do it?
  • Will the project be institutionalized and become part of Villa Maria’s annual budget?
  • What are other long-range plans we have for this project?

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