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Grants and Foundation Relations

Located within the office of Institutional Advancement, the office of Grants and Foundation Relations promotes and maintains relationships with external funding agencies and organizations to advance Cabrini’s mission and priorities.

We provide guidance and support for administrators, faculty, and staff in obtaining outside funding from government agencies, private foundations, corporate contributions, and other institutional funding sources.

All applications for external support for faculty or Cabrini initiatives must be routed through this office prior to submission. We look forward to assisting you with your applications.

Our goals are to obtain foundation, corporate, and government grants for Cabrini’s institutional needs and priorities, and to assist faculty in obtaining grants for research, professional development, and other needs.

Our office can help you find appropriate funding sources, secure internal approvals, assist with development and submission of proposals, and coordinate with the Business Office in developing grant budgets.

Our services include:

  • Research and Identification of Funding Sources
  • Proposal Concept Design
  • Proposal Development
  • Proposal Editing
  • Budget Development and Review (in conjunction with the Business Office)
  • Administrative Approvals
  • Drafting and Obtaining Letters of Support
  • Online Grants Submission through grants.gov, NSF FastLane, Pennsylvania e‑grants, and other online systems

Laura Chisholm
Director, Grants and Foundation Relations
Phone: 610.902.8231
Fax: 610.902.8574

The Grants Process

A grant is a contract that commits Cabrini, along with the project director, to carrying out the activities described in the application and to administer the grant award as specified by the funding source. 

All proposals for grants that will be made to Cabrini, including those which request research funding for an individual faculty member, must be submitted for pre-approval.

If you have identified a funding source:
Faculty and staff members interested in applying for grants or other forms of financial support should complete a pre-proposal form and submit it to our office. This form will provide us with basic information about the proposal and project.

The pre-submission approval process allows us to obtain the necessary authorizations from the President and/or Provost or area Vice Presidents. It allows our office to plan ahead for online submissions through grants.gov or the Pennsylvania e-grants system.

It also allows us to gauge the level of assistance and time needed for reviewing grant guidelines, editing proposals, obtaining letters of support and administrative approvals, budget review, etc.

If you need help finding funding:
Our office can assist you in researching and identifying potential funding sources for your project. We have access to several resources for seeking outside grant funding.

If you have an idea in mind, please contact our office to schedule an appointment to discuss the prospects for identifying funding resources and the process of proposal design and development.

Please be aware that given the competitive nature of grants and the institutional time commitments of our staff, not every idea may be a viable project for a proposal. If potential funding resources are identified, we will continue to assist you with administrative approvals and the development of your proposal.

Post Award
Congratulations on your grant! For direct awards where a check is mailed to you, please make a copy of the check and other documentation for your files.

The originals should be hand delivered to the Institutional Advancement office, second floor of the Mansion, for processing. The staff will record the grant, coordinate with the Business Office on setting up an account, and ensure that the check is deposited in the correct account.

For grant awards involving the electronic transfer of funds, please send or email copies of the award letter and other guidance to the offices of Institutional Advancement and Business.

Cabrini’s Director of Accounting will meet with the project director(s) or principal investigator(s) to explain post-award procedures, including reporting, time/effort sheets, vouchers, and other administrative concerns.

The Business Office will assist in monitoring the expenditures of your grant, financial reports, and closeout of the grant.

The office of Sponsored Programs and Foundation Relations can assist with the review and editing of any narrative reports due for your award.

Please send copies of all correspondence (including project reports) with the funder to Institutional Advancement.

Faculty Resources

Internal Grants for Faculty
Cabrini also offers internal grant opportunities for qualifying summer projects and other faculty grant initiatives through the Faculty Grants, Initiatives, and Sabbaticals Subcommittee.

External Funding Sources
Numerous foundations and organizations offer fellowships, professional development, project funding, and research funding for faculty.

Grants.gov is the central application and information resource for federal grant programs, including the U.S. Department of Education.

The website includes access to programs within 26 federal grant-making agencies. You may also sign up to receive customized email notifications of grant announcements most relevant to your field.

NSF funds research and education in most fields of the natural sciences and engineering, as well as some areas of the social and behavioral sciences.

For a chronological listing of program deadlines and target dates, see their Active Funding Opportunities. You may also conduct a keyword search of program announcements or browse programs by discipline.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

As the largest funder of humanities programs in the U.S., it provides grants in four funding areas: preserving and providing access to cultural resources, education, including fellowships, research, and public programs.

GrantsNet is a free resource for finding funds for the sciences and undergraduate science education. You can search its database and/or sign up to receive email alerts of featured grant opportunities.

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