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Grants Office

Jaime Cacciola
Director of Grants and Planned Giving
Alumnae House, Office 5

The grants officer serves as the coordinator for the development of proposals related to academic programs and institutional initiatives. Before beginning to write a proposal, schedule an appointment with the grants officer to review College procedures for submission of a proposal, to review the agency/foundation guidelines, and to establish a work schedule. A minimum of six weeks is usually needed to develop a good proposal.

General policy

Hood College encourages faculty to seek support for research and programs that may lead to increased basic knowledge, improved methods of instruction and equipment, or better services in accordance with the institution’s mission and long-range plans.

Many agencies and foundations have specific purposes and often specify programs they wish to support. The grants officer will make those opportunities known to the appropriate department and/or individuals.

The initiative and responsibility for writing and submitting proposals should originate with the faculty member. Hood provides support to encourage and to assist in the preparation of proposals through the grants officer, who reviews each institutional grant, ensuring that each adheres to college and agency and/or foundation requirements. Proposals may not be submitted without an appropriate review and authorizing signatures.

Operating procedures

At least four weeks before a grant is due, the project director submits to the grants officer the Hood College Grants Authorization form, which includes a summary of the proposal, the budget information, and the signatures of the project director, the department chair, the grants officer, and the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The project director writes a first draft in accordance with the agency or foundation guidelines and works with the grants officer on edits and on the budget.

The Vice President of Academic Affairs signs the cover sheet or letter of transmittal.