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 $5 million annually in grants; federal and state grants comprise about 80 percent of that total and the balance is from foundation grants. 

Foundation and Government Relations staff are here to support and guide CSS employees through the grant-seeking process and the lifecycle of grant awards. We also ensure that grant projects align with the College's values and are managed effectively. Contact any of us or stop by Tower 1412 if you are interested in pursuing a grant.

Grant News

The Health Resources & Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded CSS a four-year $2.8 million grant to enhance the Rural Academic Practice Partnership between the College and Essentia Health. The grant will run through June 2023. This partnership engages graduate Nurse Practitioner students in longitudinal primary care training experiences with rural and/or underserved populations. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to increase the number of Nurse Practitioners employed and retained in rural and medically underserved areas, particularly in northeastern Minnesota.

In addition to supporting clinical placements in rural and underserved areas, this grant also provides funding for preceptor professional development and curriculum revision efforts to further strengthen the skills of rural primary care providers. This professional development and curriculum revision will focus on enhanced skills in integrated behavioral health training, opioid addiction, medication-assisted treatment, behavioral therapy, and telehealth.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,799,700 with 0 percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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.

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education has increased its support for the College’s Daring to Realize Excellence and Academic Motivation (DREAM) project by awarding a $60,000 grant for the 2019-2020 academic year. This project fosters college attendance and persistence for low-income and first-generation high school students.

This project provides weekly tutoring during the academic year for 120 area high school students, a five-week summer residential academic enrichment program for 80 students and a seven-month career exploration and college readiness program with a five-week job placement for 24 students. Altogether, these efforts are designed to improve study habits, grade point averages, ACT scores, and social-emotional learning abilities.

The College has received a three-year $263,762 grant from the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health and Primary Care in support of expanded clinical training sites for the College’s Physician Assistant (PA) students. These clinical experiences will promote primary care team-based training in order to help ensure that the expanded PA workforce is well prepared for rural practice.

In addition to developing and maintaining traditional 4-week and 12-week rotations in rural settings, the project includes a particular emphasis on developing and implementing new longitudinal rural clinical rotations. This work will have a positive impact on northern Minnesota’s health professional workforce and will improve health equity by preparing students to work with diverse populations.

In addition, the project team will work with rural sites to identify and remove barriers to precepting students. Insights gathered will be shared with health system administrators to suggest system-level interventions to facilitate increased student precepting. Travel subsidies for students will reduce financial hardships and encourage participation in rural longitudinal clinical experiences.

FGR Staff

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

Amanda Abrahamson Roseth
Grants Specialist
(218) 723-6734

Katie Morford
Grants Management Specialist
(218) 723-6185

Brenda Kimlinger
Administrative Assistant