Corporate and Foundation Relations

The mission of the Corporate and Foundation Relations Office is:

  1. to obtain foundation, corporate, and government grants for Macalester's institutional needs and priorities;
  2. to assist faculty in seeking and obtaining grants for research, professional development, curricular innovation, and student engagement.

Macalester attracts a wide range of awards from foundations, corporations and government agencies each year. This success results from careful efforts to identify and cultivate funders, to conceive and assess excellent projects, to refine proposals through multiple drafts, and to commit institutional funds to leverage external awards. We work closely with faculty, college leadership and administrative staff to maximize the likelihood of an award and to insure that funders receive persuasive reports and remain receptive to subsequent requests.

Be sure to contact Corporate and Foundation Relations in the early stages of project development. Once we become familiar with your research interests, we will identify potential funding sources for your project and also routinely monitor our information sources for other relevant funding possibilities. Once your proposal is under construction, we can supply strategic and editorial assistance and help build project budgets. We will also obtain administrative signatures needed for your proposal.

Make an Appointment

Make an appointment with the Corporate and Foundation Relations staff to discuss funding opportunities for your project. Eighteen months lead time is ideal for sabbatical funding. Please call Michelle Epp at 651-696-6062 to set up an appointment.

Corporate and Foundation Relations News

January 31, 2012: External Funding

November 30, 2011: The Proposal Preparation and Grant Management Guide (PPGMG) has been updated. This update includes important clarifications regarding using grant funds as well as additional information on hiring students for your project. The PPGMG can be found on the Campus Resources tab of 1600grand.