Columbia College Chicago

Grants Office

The Grants Office helps secure grant funding for operating college programs led by our full-time faculty and staff.

If you are a student looking for scholarships and grants, please visit Student Financial Services.

Columbia College Chicago is fortunate to receive numerous grants from corporate, foundation, and government funders every year. To see a list of our grant funders, please go to Columbia College Chicago Grants Awarded.

If you are a new project director, we encourage you to call our office to set up an appointment so that we may assist you in planning your grant proposal from start to finish.

About Us

The Columbia College Chicago (CCC) Grants Office is designed to help you research, plan, write, and manage your grants.

The Grants Office has information about the following:

  1. Information and deadlines for grant opportunities
  2. Assistance with prospect research and links to common funders
  3. Interpreting funder guidelines – matching your project to the funder’s interests
  4. Assistance with proposals from intent to submit (concept) to grant application
  5. Basic grant requirements – what you will need to include in your proposal
  6. Essential CCC information and common grant attachment forms
  7. Proposal sign-off information – who needs to sign what and when they need it
  8. Information about managing your grant and working with other CCC departments
  9. Links to grant writing Web sites
  10. A list of current CCC grant awards

CCC Funding Comes From

  • Foundations
  • Corporations
  • Government agencies at all levels – city, state, and federal

For more information and links, please go to Links and Resources.

Projects We Can Help You Fund

The Grants Office can assist in funding projects such as:

  • public programming
  • special exhibitions or performances
  • lectures and seminars
  • residencies
  • conferences and guest speakers
  • innovative special projects and costs
  • interdisciplinary collaborations (with internal and/or external partners)
  • projects with a public outreach component
  • editing individual faculty projects

Projects We Cannot Help You Fund

The Grants Office cannot assist in funding projects such as:

  • acquiring space (see Office of Campus Environment)
  • individual faculty projects (see Center for Teaching Excellence or Center for Instructional Technology)
  • salary increases
  • additional staff or faculty
  • equipment and supplies normally included in the annual department operating budget
  • projects directed by adjunct faculty, part-time staff, or students

On average, the grant approval, writing, and application process takes 8 to 10 weeks. Please allow time in your work plan for adequate preparation.

To begin, go to Planning Your Grant.