Answers: CARE Fund
Special Projects Grant Program
Usually, the answer is simply competition. In most years, the
proposals submitted seek far more funds than are available, so only
some of the proposals will be funded. If yours did not receive an award,
then other proposals were judged to better meet the key evaluation
Also, winning proposals typically are clear, include an understandable budget, yield lasting benefits, and specify concrete expected outcomes. Rarely, a proposal is rejected because it is incomplete or doesn’t meet the program's published guidelines.
Finally, experience shows that requests for smaller grants have a far better chance of being funded; requests for the maximum rarely win.
One way to get a sense of how to win is to examine previous winning proposals.
You don't. Grant proceeds will be paid to the College or District. CARE's check typically is delivered to the College President's Office within one week of the award announcement.
Unless directed otherwise by your College President's Office, you will work with your supervisor or manager to submit requisitions for the items specified in your budget. You will follow the normal CLPCCD purchasing process. Purchased items will become the property of the College/District.
The grant funds must be used for the purpose originally specified in your proposal. Minor purchase substitutions can be handled in the normal CLPCCD purchasing process. But major changes that would alter the way your project works would require prior written approval from CARE and your College Business Office.
A paragraph or two and a few digital photos of the outcome are all
that is needed.
For examples, check the outcome reports from previous winners.
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