Office of Grants & Sponsored Research
Bridging the Funding Gap to Support Needed Services for Students, Enhance Faculty Engagement and Provide Funding for Innovative Programs
Hasta La Vista, But Not Goodbye
Bill Gillis will be leaving the CCS Grants team October 15th to begin working as the Project Manager of the Perkins Needs Assessment for CCS. In his new role, Bill will be working with both colleges in developing a strategic plan to improve opportunities for socially and economically marginalized members of our community to access and succeed in gaining professional and technical degree and certificate credentials at CCS. 

Bill joined CCS in 2016 as the District Grants Coordinator and has been a steadfast and invaluable resource for both pre- and post-award grants management. During the past four years, Bill has worked magic on more than 100 grants passing over his desk. He will be greatly missed in the Grants Office, but not far away…  

So, please join us in thanking Bill for all his hard work and congratulating him on his next adventure with CCS. Gracias Amigo!
Are You Seeking External Funding?
Thanks to the hard work of Brenda Norman and in partnership with the CCS Foundation, we now have a new, streamlined, easy-to-use Intent To Apply (ITA) form for anyone at CCS seeking a grant or other external funding. The new form (seen above as a linked image), is located on the CCS Grants Intranet page. It is cloud-based and has been reformatted to be more concise and simpler to navigate, with fillable and pre-populated fields.

Please use this form when seeking any external funding, not just grants. Check it out! Be sure to bookmark the link for future reference.
“What! I Really Got the Grant!?”
Here’s your new best friend! The Grants Office is proud to introduce the newly published Post-Award Grants Management Handbook.

The purpose of the handbook is to assist grant coordinators, responsible administrators, and other grant-funded staff in navigating the post-award grants process at CCS. From the award letter to the final report, the handbook is an all-inclusive guide for managing grants at CCS. You can use the link above, or find the handbook on the Post-Award page of the Grants Office Intranet site.
Check it out! The answers to the universe will be revealed!

And, don't miss the first-ever Grants Handbook Zoom training on October 20th at 9:00 AM. Zoom link, and the passcode is 818802. This will be a brief but informative introduction to the Post-Award Grants Management Handbook. Also, CCS grant experts will be on hand to divulge helpful tips to avoid pitfalls when managing your grant.
SCC Apprenticeship Program Going Strong

Co-PIs: Kenna May, Manager of Apprenticeships, and Dean Jaclyn Jacot
SCC Skilled Trades Preparation students
In 2019, the Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Program, which is part of the Division of Extended Learning and Workforce at SCC, was awarded three-year’s of funding in the amount of $150,000 to support 150 new apprentices in Eastern Washington. SCC is one of 106 communities that received funding as part of the American Association of Community Colleges’ Expanding Community College Apprenticeship initiative, which is a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Community Colleges of Spokane is the only public community college system in our region that delivers comprehensive adult education courses, job skills training, transfer, career technical education, and enrichment programs to prepare the population for stable and gainful employment. 
With its partner Eastern Washington Apprenticeship Coordinators Committee (EWACC), SCC has developed apprenticeship programs to create a vital pathway that helps people obtain the skills required for successful careers in high demand sectors. SCC is recognized state-wide for its work with registered apprenticeship programs and is home to the Apprenticeship and Journeyman Training Center.

The SCC Apprenticeship Program has expanded with the development of highly successful pre-apprenticeship programs which support industry needs: Skilled Trades Preparation (STP). STP was created at the request of EWACC and is important in providing realistic, introductory learning experiences for potential apprentices, while at the same time creating a pipeline for future apprentice workers.
The Grants & Sponsored Research Office can help you apply for grants and ALSO help you once the grant has been awarded. Our website offers links to many resources to walk you through the process of grant Post Award implementation, good stewardship and any compliance requirements. Also, feel free to contact our Post Award Grants Manager Lupito Flores at 434-5248 with any questions about your grant project, as well as how to navigate the program requirements, state or federal guidelines of your award. The G&SR office can support you every step of the way as you navigate the entire grants life cycle.  For more information visit us at
Community Colleges of Spokane does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation or age in its programs, activities and employment.  Please direct all compliance inquiries to the chief administrative officer, Community Colleges of Spokane, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., PO Box 6000, Spokane, WA 99217-6000 or call 509-434-5037.  
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