The Grants Office supports the College’s goals by assisting faculty and staff in project development and seeking grants for programs and projects that further institutional, divisional, departmental and programmatic goals.

Services include: concept development, identification of funding opportunities, meeting facilitation with appropriate stakeholders (internally and externally) to develop grant proposals, review of proposal and budget development, grant submission and board notification.


The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act Grant was funded by the US Department of Education to provide economic relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEER) fund to provide grant funding in the form of emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operation due to the pandemic. Grants ranging from $100 to $800 are awarded to students who were enrolled in for-credit classes on March 13, 2020. Students enrolled in 12 credit hours received $800; 9-11.5 credits, $500; 6-8.5 credits, $250; and less than 6 credits, $100.

For eligibility requirements and application information, CARES Act Report.

CCAMPIS (Child Care Access Means Parents in School) Grant is funded by the Arizona Department of Education. The grant provides child-care financial assistance to low-income students who are parents, in post-secondary education through provision of campus-based and/or community child-care services. CAMPUS CARE offers multi-site solutions to increase help for students, providing options for child-care and supporting students' ability to balance academic choices with real world challenges.

For eligibility requirements and application information, Child Development.

On March 13, 2020, General Motors Desert Proving Grounds presented the Arizona Western College Foundation a $10,000 donation funded through the General Motors Foundation to support students through the Edgar Mendoza GM Foundation Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to students in the AWC Automotive Technology program

For eligibility requirements and application information, Foundation Scholarships.

Project “Impact” is a $500,000, 4-year grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). It will enhance student learning experiences by expanding AWC’s academic library services to include a Conservation Lab as well as a Digital Humanities Center that supports the College and its three partner Universities.

The development of the Conservation Lab will allow scholars to practice the craft of arts preservation and cataloguing while preserving local art collections. The establishment of a Digital Humanities Center will provide student access to multimedia and multidisciplinary learning space dedicated to preserving the region’s unique intellectual content of materials relevant to the area, through the conversion of content to digital formats. Both library additions will help meet the significant demand for digital resources compatible with the changing needs of academia.

The Yuma Educational Success (YES) program is a new collaborative initiative for AWC, NAU Yuma, and the Yuma Union High School District. It will create systems to support student enrollment, transfer, and retention for student progress from from high school into college and between AWC and NAU.

A total of $1.7 million of this 2.7 million award from the Helios Education Foundation will be shared with AWC to pay for student scholarships as well as staff, personnel, and student program expenses. Each of the 480 students who participate in the YES program can earn a $1,500 scholarship. The YES initiative is designed to support and encourage low-income, first-generation minority students.


Grant Process

Grant processes at AWC are managed and facilitated by the Director of Grants.

  • A grant plan is devised annually with the college president and his cabinet 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; and technology infrastructure. Recent funding challenges also brought building renovation to the forefront as an additional fundraising objective in support of the 2020 capital improvement plan.

  • Grant writers throughout the district are encouraged to collaborate in grant writing efforts. In order to do so, first discuss and gain the approval for the project from your supervisor THEN file a grant alert. The grant alert will be reviewed by the Director of Grants to ensure that it is complete, researched, and forwarded with a grants office recommendation to the President on this particular opportunity.

  • If the President denies a grant alert, the prospective grant writer will be informed of the reason, and if possible, assisted in addressing concerns.

    If the grant alert is approved, the prospective grant writer will be notified that they may proceed and provided a timeline to coordinate efforts with the Grants Office. This involves a review by personnel, technology, budget office, and the Grants Office of a final draft, with instructions for revisions that may be needed. These are then made by the grant writer and returned to the Director of Grants for final review, authorized signature, and submission.

  • Upon notice of award, the Director of Grants should be notified immediately. The Director will assist you in notifying departments across the campus that must be contacted, and place you on the path to successful grant implementation.

Project Development

Developing a project for competitive grant purposes is a dynamic process that must address the needs of the community, institution, stakeholders, funders, local employers and students. A successful proposal is practical, quantifiable, addresses the funders’ priorities, provides strong evidence that faculty and staff can manage the grant competently and incorporates methods of project sustainability and institutionalization by the end of the grant.

Institutional Review Board

The purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights of human subjects in research. This includes making sure that vulnerable populations are protected (i.e., prison inmates, minor children, etc.) and that informed consent is maintained for participation in research. The IRB also monitors non-AWC researchers seeking to conduct research at any of our campuses or learning centers. 

Through federal-wide assurance, the President agreed that ALL research and grant activities at Arizona Western College must conform to the Belmont Report and 45 CFR 46, through IRB approval or exemption.

The IRB functions administratively through the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Grants.

AWC IRB Applications and Approval Forms

Contact Info

Phone: (928) 344-7620
Fax: (928) 317-6012
Location: 3C - Top Floor
  • Monday - Thursday: 7:00am - 5:00pm