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 and stewardship, and guides government relations and advocacy efforts. The College receives about $4 million annually in grants; this typically includes about $3 million in federal and state grants and about $1 million in foundation grants. FGR staff welcome interested grantseekers to stop by Tower 1412 or contact us via email.

Meet with us to discuss grant administration and sign a grant manager agreement.

Application process

  • Contact Foundation and Government Relations staff with ideas.
  • Work with us on an intent form, due at least 30 days before the proposal deadline.
  • If the intent form is approved, work with us to draft a proposal.
  • Provide any needed supplemental information for the proposal.
  • Complete a proposal checklist before proposal can be submitted.

If the submitted proposal is funded, you need to:

  • Forward all grant-related documents to us.
  • Meet with us to discuss grant administration.
  • Submit grant reports as required.
  • Update us with any news or issues.

If the submitted proposal is rejected, we will:

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

Grant News

CSS received a $1.33 million grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration in September 2017. This 4-year grant will provide stipends for field placements of Masters of Social Work (MSW) students who are committed to working in rural and underserved environments.

These field placements will take place in rural northern Minnesota locations, including in area tribal communities. MSW students in the program will work in interprofessional settings, enabling quick referrals to other health professionals and facilitating cross-discipline communication. Along with field placements, curriculum modifications include additional training in cultural competence, interprofessional communication and integrated behavioral health.

Together, these efforts will develop the skills of CSS MSW students and prepare them for future work in rural, vulnerable and medically underserved communities.

CSS was awarded a $1.4 million, two-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in June 2017. This grant funds a collaboration between Essentia Health and CSS called the Rural Academic Practice Partnership (RAPP).

Through this program CSS and Essentia Health work together to recruit preceptors, deliver professional development and engage students in rural clinical experiences while including training on rural health care topics.  

Essentia Health is an optimal partner since their network of more than 1,900 physicians and advanced practitioners serve the residents of 38 rural, often isolated, communities.

Ultimately this innovative partnership will improve access to care, quality of care, and health outcomes for rural residents in the region.

The U.S. Department of Education recently continued its support of three of CSS’s TRIO programs. The Upward Bound program was awarded a new five-year grant of approximately $350,000 per year; the Upward Bound Math and Science program received a new five-year grant of about $280,000 per year.

These two programs seek to improve persistence, GPAs, high school graduation rates, college enrollments, and college graduation for low income and potential first-generation college students at area high schools.

In addition, the College’s McNair Scholars program also received renewed support with a new five-year grant of approximately $260,000 per year. The McNair program supports low-income and first-generation students enrolled at CSS or UMD, as well as potential transfer students from local community colleges. Participants engage in research and scholarly activities with the goal of increasing graduate school enrollment and graduation rates, particularly in STEM fields.

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