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.
College faculty and staff may not solicit funds from foundations, corporations, or government agencies without involving FGR staff. This is to prevent duplication of efforts and submission of concurrent proposals to the same funding agency.
The College has received a generous $525,000 grant from Manitou Fund in support of a new scholarship program for nursing students. The Manitou Nursing Scholarship program will provide renewable $3,600 scholarships to 32 students with significant unmet need, including one cohort of students entering CSS in Fall 2021 and a second cohort entering in Fall 2022. Preference will be given to students from communities of color, rural and mid-sized communities, first-generation college families, and other groups underrepresented in nursing. This program is intended to improve enrollment, retention, and graduation rates; increase student diversity; and potentially serve as a powerful new national model.
These simulation labs continue a long-standing tradition of support from the McNeely family through Manitou Fund. This has created a lasting legacy at the College, which also includes the Manitou Fund Nursing Scholarship, Rose Frenzel Warner Writing/Critical Thinking Center, Rose Warner Professorship in English, Warner Series, Donald G. McNeely Organic Chemistry Laboratory, and Marjorie and Donald McNeely Sensorimotor Laboratory, among other programs and facilities.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the College a five-year grant expected to total $1,490,204 to support the Rural Physician Assistant Practice Partnership project.
The goal of this project is to increase the number of primary care Physician Assistants (PAs) in rural northern Minnesota and Wisconsin and enhance primary care training. PA students will receive stipends to participate in longitudinal primary care clinical training experiences with rural/underserved populations. CSS will also work collaboratively with Essentia Health to recruit preceptors and deliver professional development; expand student engagement in longitudinal clinical experiences; and enhance curriculum in the key areas of opioid abuse treatment, mental health, and provider wellness. The longitudinal primary care experiences and targeted curricular enhancements will facilitate the future employment of CSS PA graduates in primary care settings at rural and underserved sites.
The Helene Fuld Health Trust awarded the College a three-year $642,786 grant to support scholarships for post-baccalaureate nursing (PBN) students. Of the total grant, more than $500,000 will be used to create an endowment to provide PBN scholarship support into perpetuity while the remainder will be used for current PBN scholarships through spring 2023. This grant will increase the amount of need-based aid available to PBN students at both the Duluth and St. Cloud campuses.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has provided another four years of funding support for the Rural Optimization of Behavioral Health for Underserved Settings & Trainees (ROBUST 2.0) project at CSS. The four-year award is expected to total $1,333,332.
This project, led by Dr. Shelly Smart, will prepare 80 Masters of Social Work (MSW) students to practice and seek employment in clinical sites in rural and underserved northeastern Minnesota communities. The project will build on the 2017-2021 ROBUST project with an expanded focus on the needs of children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth at risk for behavioral health disorders, as well as substance abuse and violence. The project will engage cohorts of 20 MSW students in longitudinal placements at sites serving underserved populations while providing professional development to field supervisors and faculty in key practice topics. The project will also increase student, faculty, field instructor, and field supervisor skills and abilities in technology integration in service provision and telehealth.