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Grants Planning & Development

How to apply for grant funding
The most important thing is follow the college’s internal processes and deadlines, and know that all external grant applications may be submitted ONLY by the MCCCD District Grants Office or the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (MCCF) office, on behalf of the colleges.

Types of Higher Education Grants

  • Private Sector Grants: Foundations, Trusts, and corporate grants. Before you proceed, ask us to determine if the funding organization is on the MCCF “do not touch” list. Contact us ASAP, as prior approval is required.
  • Federal Grants, Discretionary Grants: Federal funding to support higher education projects and programs. The Federal Agency selects the recipient from among all eligible recipients based on the programmatic, technical, or scientific content of an application, and can decide the amount of funding to be awarded.
  • Continuation Grants. Discretionary grant extension or renewal of existing program funding for one or more additional budget period(s) that would otherwise expire. Continuation grants are typically available to existing recipients of discretionary, multi-year projects.
  • Sub-grants. Sub-recipient. Funding coming from a larger grant. Example: ASU wins a Federal award in support of a proposal in which GCC is written in as a partnering org., and ASU, the pass through agency, disburses a portion of the awarded funds, a sub-grant, to GCC as the sub-recipient.
  • Block Grants. Federal Pass-Through Funding. Federal Funds issued to a state to award. Each state has broad discretion over defining eligibility criteria and awarding these funds.
  • Formula Grants. Federal monies sent to the state to disburse according to a formula (ex. Title I grants.) Funds are awarded to those who meet all the eligibility criteria.


When an employee identifies a potential grant that would enable the person, department, or the college to move in a direction identified by the college strategic plan and/or the college mission, that person needs to:

  1. Discuss the idea with his/her supervisor or department chair to ensure that the proposed plan meets the funding requirements, feasibility, alignment with the college strategic plan and institutional needs.  In order to ensure timely submittal of the grant proposal, it is important that this notification take place as early as possible in the process.
  2. If the grant idea meets with all the necessary requirements, then the Dean of Instruction will coordinate a meeting with the Vice President of Academic Affairs to explore priorities, background and experience. The Project Director or Principal Investigator (a faculty or staff member) will present their project to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  3. The Project Director or Principal Investigator will be responsible for preparing and submitting the proposal for review by the Dean of Instruction and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  4. The Dean of Instruction will facilitate a meeting with the Project staff and representatives from any affected departments (IT, Facilities, CTLE, Human Resources, Budget, Research, Safety) to get input and provide awareness of the project.
  5. The Project Director or Principal Investigator will submit the final draft proposal to the Dean of Instruction for final approval by the President.
  6. The Vice President of Academic Affairs will submit the proposal and signed MCCCD Proposal Approval Summary to the District Grants Office for Vice Chancellor approval one week prior to the proposal deadline.
  7. The Project Director or Principal Investigator and Dean of Instruction will work together to ensure timely implementation, grants compliance, budget monitoring, report submittal and project hires (if any).


Vice President (Interim)


Room: Admin-106
Phone: (623) 845-3692