The Office of Grants Management (OGM) supports San Jacinto Community College District (SJCCD) by providing and managing the funding for accessible, affordable, high-quality basic skills training, post-secondary educational programs, and academic support. This is achieved through continued focus of the colleges' strategic goals:
In conjunction with 50 plus grant project directors, OGM cultivates partnerships with local, state, and federal, public, private, and nonprofit entities to secure the funding required for a wide variety of academic and workforce development programs. The OGM provides pre-award grant proposal application development and administration support and guidance to SJCCD faculty and staff applying for external and internal program funding initiatives. It coordinates post-award grant accounting, reporting, and auditing activities as required by awarding agencies. Utilizing its organizational knowledge of the grant market and institutional needs enables the OGM to leverage College strengths and faculty expertise to provide the District and its students with the highest quality financial support possible.
Befitting the diversity of the college academic and workforce development programs, SJCCD competes for funding from a wide variety of sources. During this past budget cycle OGM submitted grant requests of over $44 million to local and national foundations, state funds, and federal funds. The OGM manages $38.5 million in grant funding for FY2012. Of this grant portfolio, approximately 86% is derived from federal sources (e.g., the Department of Education, the Department of Labor, and the National Science Foundation), 10% from Texas state agencies, 4% from local foundations, and 1% from national foundations. Many of the SJCCD programs would not exist without this financial support.
Consistent with the College mission and priorities, the OGM administers grant and scholarship support in a variety of areas. Particularly successful examples include programs strengthening the academic pipeline for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics graduates (NSF, NASA, TWC), college preparatory and developmental education (THECB), providing support for at-risk students (Department of Education, TRIO), and private foundation support for scholarships that impact nursing, education, and the arts.
In the current economic reality, competition for grant funds has increased dramatically. Many state and federal programs that provide crucial program funding have seen their budgets decreased or in some cases eliminated and disbursement of funds restricted. Also, some private foundations have narrowed the focus in their giving. In addition, many institutions of higher education are facing reductions in their budgets from traditional funding streams. These conditions are not expected to change in the upcoming year. The OGM recognizes these challenges, and will respond by creating a culture of strategic focus that will search for programs and funding agencies that closely match and leverage the unique resources of SJCCD.
The OGM is vigorously pursuing a number of approaches to increase its competitiveness in securing grant funding. Through internal training and outreach programs, it is providing enhanced informational and collateral support to SJCCD faculty and staff and the San Jacinto College Foundation. It is actively pursuing partnerships with other institutions of higher learning (two-year and four-year institutions) and regional industries to enhance the scope, impact, and attractiveness of its programs. The OGM organizational structure has also been modified to better serve the needs of its constituencies, and to reflect the challenges and opportunities present in the global grant market.