Grants Office

Our Mission

The Grants Office supports AWC’s goals by assisting faculty and staff in seeking and securing grants for programs and projects that align with institution, division, and department objectives, in accordance with the strategic plan.

Grant Alert

Arizona Western College coordinates its decision making on grants through the President's Office. To obtain approval to seek a grant, please submit a request below.


Support includes:

  • Assisting with developing concepts
  • Identifying funding opportunities 
  • Facilitating internal and external stakeholders’ meetings 
  • Developing grant proposals and budgets
  • Reviewing required documentation 
  • Submitting grant applications
  • Notifying the board of awarded grants


Grant Process

The Director of Grants manages and facilitates the grant process at AWC.

  • AWC’s president and cabinet devise an annual grant plan to support institution-wide initiatives with external funding. Our general grants emphases include: allied health and nursing, education and student success, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), technology infrastructure. Due to the recent economic climate, building renovation is at the forefront of current fundraising objectives, in support of the 2020 capital improvement plan.
  • Grant writing is a collaborative effort that begins with a discussion with, and the approval of, the supervisor. Next, a grant alert is filed, which the Director of Grants will review to ensure that it includes research, follows all instructions, contains required documentation, and is complete. The Grant Director will then forward, with a Grants Office recommendation, to AWC’s President for final approval to proceed.
  • If the President denies a grant alert, the prospective grant writer will be informed of the reason, and, if possible, be given assistance in addressing concerns.
  • If the grant alert is approved, the grant’s authors will be notified that they may proceed. At that time, a timeline to coordinate efforts with the Grants Office must be provided to the Grant Director. The timeline will include a schedule of review of the final draft by: Personnel, Technology, Budget Office, Grants Office. The grant’s author will follow any instructions given to make any revisions as needed.  Finally, the grant proposal is returned to the Director of Grants for final review, authorized signature, and submission.
  • Upon notice of an award, the Director of Grants must be notified. The Director will be able to assist in contacting departments across the campus that must be notified and can help ensure the new initiative is successfully implemented.

Applying for a competitive grant is a dynamic process. The project’s proposal must address the needs of all relevant stakeholders, including students, the college, and the local community. Along with being practical and measurable, a successful proposal addresses the funders’ priorities and criteria.

Additionally, it provides solid evidence of the ability of faculty and staff to implement and manage the grant effectively. A winning grant program proposal includes how the goals of sustainability and institutionalization will be met at the end of the grant.

Grant Opportunities

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Scholarship Program

Scholarship opportunity  The application for this program will be announced in February 2024 for those interested in a career in Public Safety

Use this link to access information on how to apply:

Media Projects Program Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities : The Media Projects program supports the development, production, and distribution of radio programs, podcasts, documentary films, and documentary film series  that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. Expected output: Film/TV/Video, Online Video, Podcast, Radio Broadcast

Two levels of funding: Development and Production

Award Range:  $75,000 for Development,   $700,000 for Production

Deadline Date: Optional draft due: November 29, 2023  Deadline: January 10, 2024

Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges Grant Opportunity

The National Endowment for the Humanities :

Humanities Initiatives strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at institutions of higher education by developing new or enhancing existing programs, resources (including those in digital format), or courses that explore, interpret, and preserve the diversity of human cultures, ideas, and practices, past and present.

Projects must address a core topic or set of themes drawn from humanities areas such as history, philosophy, religion, literature, or humanities-informed composition and writing skills.

NEH welcomes applications for projects that are modest in scope, duration, and budget, as well as applications for expansive, long-term projects.

The Humanities Initiatives programs support activities such as: Curriculum development, Student enrichment, Faculty development, and Partnerships

Award Maximum:  $150,000

Application available (anticipated) Feb. 2024    Deadline (anticipated) May 2024        Watch for posted application announcement updates.

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Opportunity

Humanities Connection Program Forecast Opportunity. Plenty of time to plan and prepare a proposal!

Description: The Humanities Connections program seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions by encouraging partnerships between humanities faculty and their counterparts in other areas of study.

Awards support the planning or implementation of curricular projects connecting the humanities to the physical and natural sciences, pre-service or professional programs, technology-driven fields, or other non-humanities departments. Projects must incorporate the approaches and learning activities of both the humanities and the non-humanities disciplines involved. Go to website below for more information and examples of funded programs.

 Award: Planning Level Funding Maximum $50,000 for 12 months
Deadline Date: September  05, 2024  
Website: Humanities Connections (