Foundation and Government Relations

The Foundation and Government Relations (FGR) office works with faculty and staff pursuing grant opportunities, manages the College's relationships with funding agencies; monitors grant administration, stewardship, and compliance; and guides government relations and advocacy efforts. The College typically receives about $4 million annually in grants; federal and state grants comprise about 75 percent of that total and the balance is from foundation grants. FGR staff welcome interested grantseekers to stop by Tower 1412 or contact us via phone or email.

Application process

  • Contact Foundation and Government Relations staff to set up a meeting to discuss your project ideas. At that meeting, please be prepared to share: (1) a brief written project description, (2) your thoughts on the project's relationship to the College's Mission and Values, (3) approximate amount of funding needed, (4) date funding is needed, and (5) any possible funding sources you have in mind.
  • After our initial meeting, we will work with you to secure President's Cabinet approval at least 45 days before the proposal deadline.
  • If  President's Cabinet approval is secured, work with us to draft a proposal.
  • Provide any needed supplemental information for the proposal.
  • Complete a proposal checklist before proposal is submitted.

If the submitted proposal is rejected, we will:

  • Discuss any reviewer comments with you.
  • Consider any possible modifications for future submission.

If your proposal is funded, you will:

  • Forward all grant-related documents to us.
  • Meet with us to discuss grant administration and sign a grant manager agreement.
  • Review the Grant Administration Handbook.
  • Contact FGR as needed regarding progress towards grant objectives, rebudgeting, compliance, and leadership changes. 
  • Submit grant reports as required.
  • Update us with any news or issues.

Grant News

The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) has received a $2.76 million grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This four-year grant, the single-largest in the College’s history, supports the Rural Registered Nurses in Primary Care (RRNPC) project, launched in July 2018. This innovative academic and clinical partnership between CSS and Essentia Health will address growing RN primary care workforce shortages in rural and underserved communities in Minnesota.

Through the RRNPC project, CSS undergraduate nursing students will develop important primary care knowledge and skills through modified curriculum, simulation experiences, and clinical experiences in primary care settings. Similarly, Essentia Health clinical preceptors will participate in innovative professional development programs to facilitate their supervision and mentoring of students’ longitudinal placements and enhance their own primary care work. Ultimately this grant will help improve primary care healthcare access in this geographic region by encouraging and supporting current and future RNs who pursue careers in primary care settings.

Thanks to the School of Nursing for their hard work and leadership on this project!

See Duluth News Tribune coverage of this major grant.

The College of St. Scholastica is undertaking a new three-year initiative called the Sustainability TREE (Teaching Responsibility and Educating for Engagement), which will offer multiple opportunities for faculty and staff to get involved. This work will help CSS become a regional hub for educating leaders who are prepared to lead and advocate for sustainable practices. The initiative will promote active learning regarding the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability, as well as the leadership skills needed to promote systemic change. Professional development in sustainability practices will be an essential component of the project. This significant project highlights the College’s commitment to sustainability and is complementary to the new CSS-funded major, Sustainability Studies and the Environment.

The initiative will support a variety of curricular, co-curricular, and professional development activities centered around sustainability. These activities are designed to promote broad engagement of the CSS community and ensure the lasting incorporation of sustainability topics into courses and co-curricular activities across departments and schools. This, in turn, will help change the behaviors and cultural norms of students and other members of the St. Scholastica community. The Sustainability TREE program is supported with funding by Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.

Thanks to those whose efforts helped make this possible!

This new three-year grant award from the National Science Foundation positions the College to expand its leadership role in Computer Science education. CSS is participating in a Research-Practitioner Partnership with concurrent enrollment programs at Capital Community College in Connecticut and Southwest Minnesota State University in Minnesota and partner school districts. This project will build sustainable relationships to support high school Computer Science education and college pathways. Ultimately this work will determine if the Computer Science Principles course delivered through concurrent enrollment can broaden high school-to-college pathways in computing disciplines for those traditionally underrepresented in these fields, including women, underrepresented minorities, and students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

Thanks to Jen Rosato, Director of the College's National Center for Computer Science and project director, for her vision and work.

FGR Staff

Janet Rosen
Associate Vice President for College Advancement
(218) 723-6072

Amanda Abrahamson
Grant Proposal Specialist
(218) 723-6734

Katie Morford
Grant Reporting Specialist
(218) 723-6185

Brenda Kimlinger
Administrative Assistant