Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Grants Office do?

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Atlantic Cape's Grants Office helps faculty and staff turn good ideas into fundable proposals. The Grants Office is part of the Resource Development, headed by Dr. Patricia Gentile, Dean, Resource Development, Continuing Education and Cape May County Campus. (Dr. Gentile also serves as Executive Director of the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation.)

The services of the Grants Office include:

  • Conducting prospect research to identify potential funders of projects and programs, and tracking priority deadlines. Writing and facilitating board resolutions for each grant application that Atlantic Cape submits.
  • Creating grant proposals, with steps including:
    • Drafting proposal outlines and timelines to ensure that strong proposals are
      submitted on deadline;
    • Writing proposal content in partnership or consultation with involved faculty and
      staff;
    • Editing all proposal content to create final copy;
    • Packaging and submitting final grant proposals to funders; and
    • Tracking submitted grant proposals and providing grantmakers' feedback to
      college staff involved in each submitted proposal.
  • Facilitating collaborative grant proposals with Atlantic Cape's external partners.
  • Reaching out to make connections to funders prior to and following the submission of applications. The Grants Office's outreach to funders includes emails and phone calls as well as coordination of site visits when appropriate.
  • In collaboration with the President's Office, drafting or editing letters of support submitted by Atlantic Cape in support of other local organizations' and partners' grant applications.
  • Educating the Atlantic Cape community about grant proposal writing.
  • Maintaining a central database and files on grants submitted through the Grants Office.

Can I apply for a grant on my own or must I work with the Grants Office?

All grant proposals submitted by Atlantic Cape must be coordinated through the Grants Office. The Grants Office reviews and edits, if necessary, all proposals submitted by the College. We need sufficient lead time for proposal review, so faculty and staff should inform the Grants Office of a pending grant submission as soon as possible.

In addition, any letters of support submitted by Atlantic Cape in support of other local organizations' and partners' grant applications must be coordinated by the Grants Office in collaboration with the President's Office.

Can the Grants Office help me secure funds for my dissertation or thesis?

The Grants Office generally is not able to help faculty or staff secure funding for academic research projects that are not integrally related to Atlantic Cape's programs. All grant proposals must be for projects that complement the College's institutional goals and objectives, and no proposal may be submitted without a Resolution to Apply from Atlantic Cape's Board of Directors.