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Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs

Grants Office


The Grants Office assists members of the College community with finding the best possible funders, proposal development, grant management, reporting functions, and guidance at all stages of grant resource development.

We support Montgomery College’s mission of empowering students to change their lives by identifying sources of public funding for enriching the College's programs.

Here you can find out more about our work, read news stories about recent grant developments and awards, and access a range of resources for researching and completing grant requests.


What We Do

  • Research grant opportunities
  • Inform college community about potential relevant public funding opportunities
  • Lead proposal teams to facilitate and participate in proposal development efforts
  • Submit preliminary grant proposal form to Grants Review Committee (GRC) for review/approval
  • Facilitate partnerships with education, business, and non-profit and community partners in support of resource development
  • Liaison with Office of Business Services, Procurement, HR, IT, and other college offices
  • Obtain appropriate approvals for grant submission/reporting
  • Train potential and active grant project directors
  • Assist in grant management
  • Participate in assisting grant compliance by reminding project directors of reporting requirements/deadlines and assisting with reports as requested
  • Network with state and national professional associations to keep informed about grant trends and requirements


What Makes a Grant Fundable?

  • The idea must be innovative.
  • The idea must address the needs of a particular population and meet the eligibility requirements of the grant agency.
  • The idea must promote a change which is not only desirable, but also measurable.
  • The grant solicitation must be followed and all materials must be submitted on time.
  • The proposal must be well written and the budget must support the activities outlined.
  • There must be a plan for the sustainability of the project once the funding period is completed.
  • The grant proposal or application must address the grant guidelines and priorities.


MC Grants in the News

News updates on recent MC grant development and impact
News from FY2024

Montgomery College Secures Dept. of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Programs Grant to Boost the Promotion of Asian Languages and the Strengthening of the International Studies Program. MC awarded $206,543 over two years to serve 800 learners, is one of only two community colleges in the country to receive the grant.

Montgomery College Is a Host Site for Governor’s Inaugural Class of Service Year Option and Maryland Corps Members. The partnership with the Maryland Department of Service and Civic Innovation was made possible by Governor Wes Moore with support from leaders including Senator Cheryl C. Kagan, Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, and Delegate Linda Foley. A Maryland Corps member serves as a student ambassador lead for MC Votes.

Montgomery College Secures Ninth U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Grant to Support Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Services for Montgomery County Residents. MC awarded $450,000 over two years to provide at least 500 lawful permanent residents with citizenship preparation classes, activities to support integration into American civic life, and naturalization application services.

Montgomery College Faculty Teams Win Three Grants from the National Science Foundation. Three projects totaling over $3.24 million will broaden opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students in STEM.

Montgomery College Receives $7.5M Award to Train Student Researchers through National Institute of Standards and Technology Professional Research Experience Program. MC received a five-year cooperative agreement award that will provide up to 250 placements annually for MC students at NIST’s laboratories in Gaithersburg, as well as research opportunities for current MC faculty. The new project continues the NIST-PREP project at MC, which has run from 2018 to 2023.

MSDE Awards More Than $23 Million to Lay the Groundwork to Bolster and Expand Maryland’s Early Childhood Education and Childcare window MC received a $1.5M award to eliminate barriers in the Early Childhood Education Alternative Certification Program by piloting innovative alternative certification programs specifically tailored to non-public nursery schools.

MC Faculty and Staff Present on Grant Awards at National window MC grant-funded projects were highlighted at the 2022 annual Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Conference for Community College Grants Professionals November 3 and 4 in Washington, DC.

Montgomery College Early Childhood Alternative Certification Receives State window MC awarded $1.45 million to implement the MC Early Childhood Alternative Certification Program (ECACP) for prospective Pre-K-third grade teachers.

Montgomery College Selected for Prestigious Delphi Award for Transforming Support for Contingent window MC was selected as one of two winners of the Delphi Award for 2022.

U.S. Department of Labor Awards $1.6 Million Strengthening Community Colleges Grant to Montgomery College to Support Students Underrepresented in IT window MC is one of 13 colleges to be awarded funding. The MC Tech Metro Area Pathways (TechMAP) Program will be fully funded by the grant to provide career pathways training in IT.

Montgomery College Awarded $350,000 from National Science Foundation to Advance Biopharmaceutical Technician Education (BTE).new window BTE will address the rapidly-growing demand in the Montgomery College service area for biotechnology technicians, especially in cell and gene therapy.

Montgomery College Secures One of Only Six U.S. Department of Education Basic Needs for Postsecondary Students Grants to Address Basic Needs window Funding will support the expansion of MC's Social Resource Program: Nourishing the Mind, Body, and Spirit (SRP), and improve outcomes for underserved students by coordinating efforts with government agencies and community-based organizations that address basic needs insecurities.

Montgomery College Secures Seventh U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Grant to Support Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Services for Montgomery County window The College will provide lawful permanent residents with citizenship preparation classes, activities to support integration into American civic life, and naturalization application services.

Montgomery College to Use Approximately $525,000 in Additional HEERF Funding to Address Outstanding Balances for Students Who Attended the College During the window As of early October 2021, MC has awarded more than $11.5 million for 11,500 student awards since the spring 2020 semester using the HEERF Student Emergency Assistance grant.

Montgomery College Awarded $1.37 Million to Help Prospective Low-Income, First-Generation College Students Access Higher window TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) will provide five years of funding to help 5,000 adults find their path to college.

Montgomery College Awarded $159,406 NEH Grant To Study Black Diaspora In The window The MC project was one of 12 funded in this category, one of 239 funded in the summer cycle, and one of five awarded in Maryland.

Montgomery College to Use Approximately $5.8 Million in HEERF Funding to Address Outstanding Balances for Students Who Attended the College During the window As of early August 2021, MC also awarded more than $9 million for 11,800 student awards since the spring 2020 semester using the HEERF Student Emergency Assistance grant.

Community Food Rescue Grant Supports MC's Fuel for Success Food Campaign.  new windowLast fall, Montgomery College received a Community Food Rescue mini-grant which enabled the SHaW Center for Success to distribute a total of 515 Grab & Go snack bags at all three campuses as students returned for the spring semester.

Montgomery College's Board of Trustees Approves Development of Fully Online Early Childhood Education Technology Degree.  new windowThe development of online courses to support the Early Childhood Education A.A.S. degree and certificate programs is currently being supported with funds from the Carl D. Perkins Grant.

County Executive Isiah Leggett Pens Letter of Appreciation to the Global Humanities Institute. new windowCounty Executive Isiah Leggett wrote a letter on behalf of Montgomery Sister Cities and the Montgomery County government to express their deepest appreciation to Dr. Rita Kranidis and the Global Humanities Institute (GHI) for their contributions to the Sister City Program.

Montgomery College receives $1.3M in grants to expand nursing window Montgomery College's nursing program has more than 300 students each fall and spring semester.

Montgomery College Awarded $1.3 Million in Grants to Support Nursing Simulation window Montgomery College was recently awarded two Nurse Support Program II (NSP II) grants totaling over $1.3 million to expand the work of the Maryland Clinical Simulation Resource Consortium (MCSRC), which is designed to increase the quality and quantity of simulation education used in training nurses.

$1.3 million in grants expand nursing simulation programs in Maryland. new window Two state grants totaling over $1.3 million are expanding nursing simulation education at Montgomery College and around Maryland. Most of the money will be used to purchase simulation equipment with the remaining portion funding education for nursing instructors.

Dr. Rita Kranidis Serves as Voice of Experience at NEH Meeting. Rita Kranidis, Ph.D., English professor and director of Montgomery College's Global Humanities Institute (GHI), was a featured speaker at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Initiatives at Presidentially Designated Institutions Project Directors' Meeting on Friday, February 2, 2018 in Washington, D.C. 

Montgomery College Celebrates National Career and Technical Education Month. The College continues to benefit from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 ("Perkins") and Maryland's State Perkins Plan. Perkin's allows credit CTE students to achieve challenging academic and technical standards and prepare for high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in current and emerging professions.

Montgomery College Secures Fifth U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Grant to Support Citizenship Instruction for County Residents. The College is receiving the two-year grant under the Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services funding opportunity, and will provide citizenship preparation classes, assimilation activities, and naturalization legal services to at least 440 lawful permanent residents (LPRs).

Montgomery College Awarded $100,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant. The award will support the project, "Global Humanities: Many Voices, One College." The grant is part of the NEH Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges program.


More Information

The purpose of the collegewide Grants Review Committee (GRC) is to review and assess significant grant funding opportunities for the College and provide guidance to the College community for overall grant funding priorities.

Activities of the Committee

Review and approval of Montgomery College’s Annual Agenda for Grants - In the case of opportunistic grants, decide the following:

  • Is the grant opportunity relevant and integral to advancing the College’s mission and priorities?
  • If the grant is relevant, is it relevant for collegewide application and administration or for a single campus or program?
  • Are there sufficient college resources available for the development and management of the grant?

Recommend appropriate Principal Investigator/Project Director and ensure that individual has sufficient college support for assuming this role

Advocate for College policies/procedures/practices that support and sustain effective grants development and grants management 

Membership of the Committee 
  • Senior Vice President for Advancement and Community Engagement – Chairperson
  • Associate Senior Vice President for Advancement and Community Engagement (Advancement Services, Community Engagement, Grants, Special Events) – Resource member
  • Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs – Resource member
  • Vice President of Development and Executive Director of MC Foundation – Resource member
  • Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations – Resource member
  • Senior Vice President for Administrative and Fiscal Services
  • Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Associate Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (Articulation, Dual Enrollment, Academic Partnerships)
  • Associate Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (General Education, Honors/Scholars, IPTFES)
  • Senior Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Associate Senior Vice President for Student Affairs (Financial Aid, Scholarship and Grants, and EOC)
  • Vice President/Provost of Workforce Development and Continuing Education
  • Vice President/Provost of the Germantown Campus
  • Vice President/Provost of the Rockville Campus
  • Vice President/Provost of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
  • Vice President of IT/Chief Information Officer
  • Vice President for Facilities
  • Chief Business-Financial Strategy Officer
  • Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Director of Procurement
  • Director of Strategic Talent Management and Organizational Development
  • Convener of the Deans (Dean of Deans)
  • Grants Coordinator – Recording Secretary, Resource member
Frequency of Meetings 

Email/conference calls as needed for review and evaluation of significant opportunistic grants

Links to Publications, Agencies and other Grant-Related Resources
Grant Publications

General Grant Writing Books as seen in Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) Literature Review:

Grant Seeking in Higher Education: Strategies and Tools for College Faculty by Mary Licklider and the University of Missouri Grant Writer Network (2012) orients faculty to the grants culture and walks readers step-by-step through the entire grant-seeking process, from identifying sources to preparing a successful application to administering the funds after the grant is awarded.

Winning Grants Step by Step, Third Edition by Mim Carlson, Tori O'Neal-McElrath. (2008) - This new, thoroughly updated edition of the bestseller offers a guide that any organization can use to secure funding from private foundations or the government. Filled with updated examples, this guide directs the novice grant seeker and offers a refresher course for experienced grant writers

Proposal Planning and Writing, Fourth Edition by Lynn and Jeremy Miner. Greenwood Press (2008)- This standard guide to proposal planning and writing offers information and examples to help grant seekers in the Internet age. This updated volume provides more examples of successful proposals, including 9 letter proposals, complete with annotations. The book also offers expanded information on evaluation and outcome assessments, which are key to obtaining grants. The book gives an extended discussion of project sustainability after grant support runs out, a factor critical to successful applications.

Demystifying Grant Seeking: What You Really Need to Do to Get Grants by Larissa and Martin Brown. Jossey Bass (2008) - The authors describe the grant-seeking cycle in five parts: 1) learn - about your organization, your community and your potential funders; 2) match - your needs with the funder's interests and performance; 3) invite - the funder, through the proposal, to invest in the organization and the community; 4) follow up - on the program and the partnership; and 5) evaluate - the grant-seeking process to fine tune it before renewing the cycle.

Proven Strategies for Developing Winning Proposals, Third Edition by Patrick W. Miller. Patrick W. Miller and Associates, Munster, IN. (2008). In this comprehensive book, Patrick W. Miller, Ph.D. shares tips and tricks of grant writing and budget development while providing concise guidelines, ideas, and techniques for preparing winning grant applications. This book includes 100 tables, figures, charts, and other examples; 180 review questions and answers; 16 proposal writing and budget development exercises; 220 glossary terms and acronyms for reference; 75 up-to-date resources, including websites. The intent of this book is to help you win competitive grants

Grant-Related Links
  • Governor of Maryland Grants Officenew window 
  • Grants.govnew window: The central source for federal government grant information. It's not elegant, but with a little work you can track down all current RFP's and sign up for e-mail notification of opportunities in your field.
  • formsnew window
  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: The Catalog contains all federal grants programs, listed by agency number, then program. It's a little obscure, but if you find a program that doesn't have a current RFP, this is the place to look. The printed volume is about six inches thick and probably available at your library.
  • The Federal Registernew window: This daily journal publishes all of the official daily activities of all federal agencies, including rules, proposed rules, and notices of agencies and organizations - and, of course, RFP's for grants. It is often the first public notice of new grant programs. It, too, is also available in print form and probably available at your library two or three days later.
  • The Office of Research Integritynew window: Federal Research Misconduct Policy. Here you will find up to date information regarding Research Misconduct. This link is helpful to those who use human subjects within a grant.
  • Each day's Federal Register grant listingsnew window
  • Retention and access requirements for records (OMB Circulars and Guidance 215.53 (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)  
Agencies that Provide Federal Grants

Agency for International Development: The Agency for International Development is an independent federal government agency that provides economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 100 countries to ensure a better future for us all.

Corporation for National and Community Service: The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation’s largest grant-maker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation is a catalyst for change and offers every American a chance to contribute through service and volunteering.

Department of Agriculture: Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Department of Commerce: The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation’s economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Department of Defense: The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.

Department of Education: The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Department of Energy: The Department of Energy’s goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Department of Health and Human Services: The Department of Health and Human Services is the federal government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Department of Homeland Security: The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Department of Housing and Urban Development: The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s mission is to increase home ownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Department of the Interior: The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation’s natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Department of Justice: The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Department of Labor: The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.

Department of State: The Department of State strives to create a more secure, democratic and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community.

Department of Transportation: The Department of Transportation’s mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Department of the Treasury: The Department of Treasury is a steward of United States economic and financial systems, promotes conditions for prosperity and stability in the U.S., and encourages prosperity and stability in the rest of the world.

Department of Veterans Affairs: The Department of Veterans Affairs strives for excellence in patient care and veterans' benefits for its constituents through high quality, prompt and seamless service to United States veterans.

Environmental Protection Agency: The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Institute of Museum and Library Services: The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute serves as a leader in providing services to enhance learning, sustain cultural heritage and increase civic participation.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration serves as the nation’s forefront of such exploration and continues to pioneer in aeronautics, exploration systems, science and space operations.

National Archives and Records Administration: The National Archives and Records Administration enables people to inspect the record of what the federal government has done, enables officials and agencies to review their actions and helps citizens hold them accountable.

National Endowment for the Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. The Endowment is the largest national source of funds for the arts.

National Endowment for the Humanities: The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation and public programs in the humanities.

National Science Foundation: The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created to promote the progress of science, to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare and to secure the national defense. The NSF annually funds approximately 20 percent of basic, federally-supported college and university research.

Small Business Administration: The Small Business Administration maintains and strengthens the nation’s economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.

Social Security Administration: The Social Security Administration advances the economic security of the nation’s people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America’s Social Security programs.

Principal Investigator (PI) / Program Director (PD) – the person responsible for the coordination of the grant, the management of the budget, and all reporting

Indirect Costs – a percentage of the total budget requested which is used for such things as compiling budget regular budget reports so money can be tracked, wear and tear on campus facilities, and other costs not directly covered by the grant.

Evaluation – A fundable proposal must include measurable outcomes. The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness can provide critical assistance in this area.

Collaborations – Identification of a partner in another discipline or another organization outside the College to jointly work on a proposal.

Sustainability – This describes how the project will continue once the external funding is no longer available. The funders do not want the project to disappear so you need a plan for further funding or a way for the cost to be assumed by the college. It is important to consider whether or not the cost will be assumed by the College, and also to give careful consideration of ongoing costs such as maintenance and updating of equipment.

Matching funds – Many grants require that the College provide some of the funds for the project. It is important that any funds from the College’s operating budget you identify receive the appropriate administrative approval.

Minority Serving Institution – The College may be eligible to apply for certain grants as a “minority serving institution” but this must be verified with the Office of Institutional Research to ensure the latest data supports this type of application.

Montgomery College, founded in 1946, is Maryland’s oldest community college. The College is chartered by the State of Maryland and is governed by a ten-member Board of Trustees. From a beginning class of just 186, the College has grown to a multi-campus institution with 23,916 credit and 17,445 non-credit students in Fiscal Year 2023. Montgomery College is an open-access, public education institution that offers approximately 150 degree and certificate programs that prepare students for the associate’s degree, transfer to four-year institutions, immediate entrance to the job market, upgraded career skills, apprenticeship opportunities, or an enriched life. The College is a rich source of diversity with no majority student population, with students hailing from over 160 nations.  

Brandy Naughton, EdD, Director of Grants & Sponsored Programs

Patricia Maloney, PhD, Manager of Grants and Sponsored Programs

Nancy Newton, EdD, Manager of Grants and Sponsored Programs 

Amy Ballard, Grants Compliance Specialist, 240-567-9027

Deborah Chen, Grants Coordinator, 240-567-9043