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The purpose of the Office of Foundation Relations and Sponsored Programs (Grants Office) is to assist the Messiah College community in obtaining external funding for programs and research ideas. Our goal is to remove barriers between projects and possible sources of funding so that the College community may flourish in both its mission and purpose.

The Grants Office seeks to secure more than $1 million in grants to support Messiah College each year.


What is my part in the grant writing process?
What happens when I receive a grant?
Can I call the Grants Office directly, or do I need to go through the Provost?
Do I have to work with the Grants Office in order to obtain a grant?
Who are the Grants Office staff members?
Where is the Grants Office located?

Grant Guidelines

For any internal grants, contact the Office of Faculty Development at extension 6013 for application guidelines.

Faculty applying for grants from off campus agencies should inform their Dean and Department Chair if they plan to pursue an external grant. All grant applications must be approved by the Provost before submission.


The Grants Office has numerous resources available to the College Community for seeking funding opportunities. These include:

  • Access to research tools that search for potential funders and profile family foundations
  • Assistance with writing and editing proposals, including formatting and submission fees
  • Support for budget and budget justification preparation (in conjunction with the Provost’s Office)
  • Assistance with stewardship and reporting activities

A good place to begin is to read the Grants Manual, which was designed to help Messiah College personnel who are developing grant proposals.

Types of Grants

Broadly defined, there are two types of grant opportunities at Messiah College: internal and external.

The internal Ranked Faculty Grants Program is directed by the Office of Faculty Development and Dr. Rhonda Jacobsen. Grants available in this program include Curricular Development, Cross-Cultural, Teaching Enhancement, Creative Teaching, and Scholarship. Persons interested in applying for these grants should contact Dr. Jacobsen’s office at extension 6013.

Typically, there are two types of external grant opportunities available to educators: scholarship/research grants and special projects. Scholarship/research grants are those written by faculty to advance their scholarly pursuits. They may involve outside foundations, government programs or other grant-making agencies. Special projects are completed in cooperation with Office of College Development and usually deal with co-curricular activities rather than faculty scholarship.

Any faculty member seeking funding for a project that is not included in the operational budget of the College must complete a Project/Funding Assessment Form. Since it is essential to coordinate all campus contacts with potential donors and outside agencies, this form must be completed for any fundraising projects such as faculty research, athletic team trips, special equipment needs, or a lectureship fund. The Project/Funding Assessment Form must be completed in collaboration with the appropriate Dean and be approved by the Provost before the form is sent to the Office of Development.