Approaching the foundation relations officer is your first stop in the proposal review and submission process. We are here to help you find prospective foundations and work with you on developing your proposal. 


  • Funding Opportunities

    We are here to assist your funding search in several ways, from providing information on requests for proposals to customized prospect research for your project.

    If you need assistance with identifying foundation prospects for projects, we welcome your inquiry. Please fill out a Funding Request.

  • Applying for Funding

    When you’re ready to begin writing your request for funding, it is critical to develop a compelling case for support. The most competitive applications specifically address the funder’s priorities. We encourage applicants to read the grant guidelines carefully and respond precisely to the information requested, in the order in which it is requested. The Foundation Relations Officer should be notified three months before a grant deadline.

  • Reporting and Stewardship

    Stewardship is essential to building and maintaining a strong relationship with funders. Foundations may require stewardship in the form of narrative and/or financial reports. The reporting requirements and due dates are often listed in the award letter.  Reports are typically due every six months or one year from the award date.

    If your project receives funding, it is imperative to inform the Foundation Relations Officer within two business days. Please note that it is important to submit grant reports on time. All reports must be submitted to the Foundation Relations Officer 15 business days prior to the deadline.

    Grant reports usually include the following:
    - Project name, university name, grant number, project start and end dates, and award amount
    - A summary of project activities conducted during the grant period
    - A discussion of outcomes, including successes, challenges, and lessons learned
    - A description of the impact of the project and funding
    - An accounting of expenditures