Director of Government, Foundation and Corporate Relations
Office of Advancement
Megan assists the Gustavus community with securing and managing grants for programmatic, curricular and institutional initiatives.
Contact Megan via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
News and Events
New Submission Policy and External Funding Approval Form coming soon!
Office of Government Grants and Sponsored Programs
The Office of Government Grants and Sponsored Programs assists faculty and staff in identifying potential funding sources from government agencies, foundations, and from government and corporate contracts. It assists faculty and others in developing grant proposals for individual and institutional initiatives, managing funded projects, and reporting on the use of grant funds.
Grant Information Resources and Research Assistance
Personnel from the Office of Government Grants and Sponsored Programs collect and organize information about grant opportunities offered by government agencies. Faculty members who are looking for financial support for research and equipment, for sabbatical expenses and projects, for instructional equipment, for curriculum development projects, etc., are welcome to come to the Office for consultations and to review available Funding Opportunities and Programs, as are directors and others from non-academic programs seeking external support.
Dissemination of Information
Our office provides news of grant opportunities to faculty and staff through campus-wide communication (e.g., the weekly campus e-newsletter, Inside Gustavus, faculty-l) and through more targeted e-mails to faculty and program directors.
Advising and Project Development
Office personnel are available to meet with faculty members and staff to advise on the appropriateness of a project for a given granting agency, to suggest ways to approach a funding agency with inquiries, and to make inquiries on behalf of faculty members and staff. We can provide the most thorough advice if faculty and staff contact the Office as early in the grant-seeking process as possible. Good proposals take time to develop. Government agency proposal deadlines may be as much as six to nine months before decisions are announced. We advise grantseekers to begin working on a request 12-18 months in advance of the time one expects to start using grant funds.
The project director of a funded program has responsibility for project implementation, fiscal management, and reporting. Good stewardship of external funds is a critical aspect of the grant cycle process. The way in which the project director executes the funded project, maintains records, and submits reports can enhance the credibility of Gustavus (as well as the project director) and, hence, future eligibility for funding. The Office of Government Grants and Sponsored Programs assists the project director with his or her responsibilities by monitoring the progress of projects, helping with budget or other project revision, and assisting in the preparation and filing of required reports.
To learn about internal funding sources and related information, please visit the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning website.