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Intro to Grant Writing. Hannah Roberts, PsyD Marie Shaw, PhD. Objectives. (1) D escribe how a grant may benefit your professional development and your department/institution. (2) D iscuss some grant opportunities available for Student Affairs Professionals.

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Intro to grant writing

Intro to Grant Writing

Hannah Roberts, PsyD

Marie Shaw, PhD


(1) Describe how a grant may benefit your professional development and your department/institution.

(2) Discuss some grant opportunities available for Student Affairs Professionals.

(3) Prepare to use a needs assessment, collaborate with campus partners, and write effective grant objectives.

(4) Explore common mistakes of grant writing and identify ways to avoid them.

Why grants
Why Grants?

Preparing available grants
Preparing: Available Grants

Public Grants

  • National Government Grants: SAMHSA Suicide Prevention, DOJ VAWA, NIMH (

  • State Grants: Cal MHSA, NC Dept of Public Safety, Most state alcohol regulatory boards (PLCB)

    Private Grants

  • NCAA CHOICES, APA Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology)

  • Professional Organization Grants: ACPA Innovation

Preparing grant writing resources
PreparingGrant Writing Resources

  • Your institution’s grant office

  • A consultant

Preparing needs assessment
Preparing: Needs Assessment

Data collection from your department and larger University:

  • National College Health Assessment

  • Healthy Minds Study

  • National Survey of Student Engagement

  • Campus Climate Survey

  • Inclusive Excellence Survey

    *Tell your story! Be sure to incorporate both quantitative and qualitative data.

Building your proposal objectives
Building Your Proposal: Objectives

Link objectives back to a clear and comprehensive needs assessment.

Bloom’s Taxonomy:

Building your proposal collaboration
Building Your Proposal:Collaboration

  • Identify stakeholders during needs assessment phase.

  • Relationship building meetings.

Common mistakes
Common Mistakes

Problems with significance

Problems with approach

Problems with innovation

Problems with investigator

Problems with environment

In conclusion
In Conclusion

Start early.

Keep it simple, with realistic outcome expectations.

Collaborate with others.



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National Institute of Mental Health Grant Writing and Approval Process. Available at: