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Support and Services

Sponsored Programs is Dalton State’s home for grants with private, state, and federal funding agencies. Operating under the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, our mission is to procure external funding to support research, programs, and initiatives of faculty and staff at Dalton State College. The grant coordinator can provide assistance from the shaping of the initial concept to submission of the completed proposal, and works closely with other DSC units to facilitate grant operations and to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state requirements.  

In the Grants and Sponsored Programs LibGuide, you’ll find strategies for developing a proposal, searching for funders, as well as institutional data and instructions for grant management.  For questions or assistance, contact the grant coordinator, Melissa Whitesell, by phone at 706-272-2503 or email (mwhitesell@daltonstate.edu)

Services Provided

During the proposal development stage, we will:

  • Answer questions regarding University System of Georgia and Dalton State College policies and procedures.
  • Assist PI/project director with conceptualization and focus for a grant.
  • Provide recommended language and standard attachments.
  • Assist in collection of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and letters of support.

During the proposal review, we will:

  • Review the proposal at an early stage to ensure it meets the funder's guidelines,
  • Review proposal for compliance with agency/foundation as well as DSC guidelines and specifications.

Applying for a Grant

As you prepare to submit a proposal, we ask that you follow these steps: 

1. Talk with your Dean or direct supervisor to gain his/her support.

Since a grant award is a legal obligation and commitment by Dalton State College, due diligence is needed to ensure that appropriate individuals are aware of and approve of a grant proposal before it is developed and submitted to the funder. Additionally, the University System of Georgia (USG) is legally responsible for all grant expenditures.  

Primary Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to contact their department chair or direct supervisor as early as possible, particularly when proposals include release time, additional space, renovations, or other resources that must be approved by the department or school.

A number of issues may be considered during the approval process, including the likelihood of funding, alignment with the college's strategic goals, and requirements to sustain the project after the funding ends.

2. Search for grant funders.

In the Grants and Sponsored Programs LibGuide, there are numerous links to private and government funders.  

  • Familiarize yourself with the sponsor & program requirements, especially any unusual elements such as cost-share / match, IRB requirements, limitations on the use of funds, PI or participant eligibility restrictions, etc.
  • Take special note of the proposal deadline and submission requirements. Make sure that you are familiar with the system or method required for submission, and complete any applicable registration processes, etc. 

3. Submit the appropriate forms.

Once you have determined a project or program and located potential funding sources, you must submit the Notice of Intent to Apply form along with the request for proposal (RFP) and/or grant guidelines to the grant coordinator (Melissa Whitesell) following the timeline below. The Notice of Intent to Apply form is found on the Grants and Sponsored Programs LibGuide under the "Proposal Review and Submission" tab.  

Grants involving contracts or external collaborators are often more complex and may require additional processing.  The grant coordinator will offer assistance in preparing all necessary forms, MOUs, certifications, assurances, budget development, and other nontechnical data.

If a grant will only be awarded to a 501 (c)3, we must coordinate with the Dalton State College Foundation office.  Grants involving human research will require the completion of IRB training and approval of the IRB committee.  Dalton State faculty and staff should contact their chair or direct supervisor and/or email irb@daltonstate.edu for more information on how to satisfy the training requirement and apply for approval.


Once these steps are completed, a timeline will be set so that the writing can be done from your end and the first drafts with preliminary budgets can be reviewed by your supervisor, VP or Provost/VPAA office.  In some cases contact with the granting agency or program officers may take place in order to ensure compliance with all requirements. 


Grants from Private Foundations or Individuals

Six weeks before deadline

  • Notify department and grant coordinator of intent to apply.
  • Grant coordinator verifies eligibility.
  • Upon approval, begin drafting proposal.

Three weeks before deadline

  • PI submits final draft to grant coordinator for review and submission instructions.

State and Federal Grants

Three months before deadline

  • Notify department and grant coordinator of intent to apply. Begin drafting proposal.
  • Grant coordinator verifies eligibility and provides contact information for program officer.                                                               

Six weeks before deadline

  • PI submits proposal narrative and budget to grant coordinator and their direct supervisor, Vice President, or Provost/VPAA for internal or external peer review.

Three weeks before deadline

  • PI submits final draft to grant coordinator for review and submission instructions.

One week before deadline

  • PI coordinates with grant coordinator to schedule date for submission. 

Faculty Mentors

You may also contact our Faculty and Staff mentors for assistance.  

Dr. Kim Hays and Dr. John Lugthart - School of Science, Technology, and Mathematics

Dr. Jenny Crisp - School of Liberal Arts

Dr. Sharon Hixon, Dr. Lovey Mesco, Dr. Molly Zhou - School of Education 

Dr. Jodi Johnson and Dr. Jami Hall - Dean of Students Office 

Dr. Tammy Rice - School of Health Professions 


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Melissa Whitesell
Dalton State College
650 College Drive
Dalton, GA 30720