The Grants Office supports members of the Antioch University Seattle community in the pursuit of grant funding for their academic, research, and service endeavors. The office is the University’s central coordinating center for all grant related communications, partnerships, and activities. The Grants Officer provides writing and editing support, prepares proposal application materials and budgets, performs prospect research, and acts as a liaison between sponsoring agencies and the University.


Overview of the Grant Proposal Development Process

First Steps

Creating a successful proposal depends on thorough preparation! All faculty and students should begin by contacting the Grants Officer for guidance. Letters of inquiry, full proposals, progress reports, and final reports will be developed in partnership with the Grants Officer, reviewed by your Academic Unit Head, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Director of Finance, and signed by the President. The Grants Officer will submit the proposal to the sponsor via mail or electronically as appropriate.

Prospect Research

The Grants Officer is available to help you with customizing your search and identifying a good match. The following subscription database is accessible from any Antioch University IP address. Contact the Grants Office for a training session.

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Recent Grant Awards

Washington Women’s Foundation Merit Award

Awardee: Antioch University Seattle Community Counseling and Psychology Clinic

Project Period: 2013

Awarded: $2,000

The Russell Family Foundation

Project Title: Roadside Rain Gardens/ East Ballard Greenstreet

Project Director(s): Cari Simson, Research Faculty

Project Period: 2013- 2014

Awarded: $55,000

Summary: In an effort to improve urban water quality and neighborhood livability, The Russell Family Foundation awarded Antioch University Seattle with funding to site, design and build demonstration roadside rain gardens in the East Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The goals of the grant are specifically focused on reducing flows of polluted runoff to Salmon Bay, which connects to Puget Sound through the Ballard Locks. We are interested to learn how citizens choose to get involved in clean water efforts, specifically local natural drainage improvement projects that also provide street beautification, traffic-calming, tree canopy increases, and other neighborhood goals. For more information visit the project website.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.

Project Title: Growing Healthy Soils & Communities with BioChar at Sammamish Valley Farm

Project Director(s): Jonathan Scherch, Core Faculty, MA Programs in Leadership and Change

Project Period: 2012-2013

Awarded: $20,000

Collaborating Organizations:

  • SeaChar
  • Pacific Bamboo Resources
  • 21 Acres
  • Sammamish Valley Alliance
  • Transition Woodinville

Summary: The grant will underwrite a series of sustainability education workshops with AUS students and constituents from partnering community organizations. The workshops will focus on the use of BioChar technology and will be offered on a five-acre+ organic, sustainable farmstead located in the Sammamish Valley Agricultural Production District which is preserved farmland supported by King County. BioChar is a form of charcoal that is created by heating organic waste at high temperature without the use of oxygen. BioChar can endure in soil for thousands of years giving it the potential to help mitigate climate change via carbon sequestration. Among its many benefits, BioChar produces clean energy, builds healthy soils and increases fertility, reduces the risk of water table contamination, and raises agricultural productivity. The project will consist of three, two-day, weekend workshops with 30 participants (AUS students and constituents from partnering organizations) over the academic year.

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation

Project Title: First Peoples’ Program

Project Period: 2008 -2014

Awarded: $433,612

Summary: To provide support for the First Peoples’ B.A. in Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program and Writing Center at Muckleshoot Tribal College; and to provide scholarships for urban Native American students attending the Antioch University Seattle main campus.

C. Charles Jackson Foundation

Project Title: Developing Women’s Leadership – Around the Globe

Project Director(s): Barbara Spraker, Associate Faculty, MA Programs in Leadership and Change

Project Period: 2012-2013

Awarded: $10,000

Summary: Developing Women’s Leadership – Around the Globe, will support women and organizations engaged in developing leadership competence by identifying and sharing cross-cultural leadership development needs and strategies. The project will engage key women coordinators in a variety of countries who can speak to the leadership needs of women in their country, and can identify and coordinate a small group of women in Conversation Circles – guided conversation regarding such needs as they experience them. These Conversations will both provide data as well as create interest and readiness among participants for utilizing the leadership strategies developed. Antioch University Seattle (AUS) students will participate in local Conversation Circles, and, co -design and co-facilitate a Women’s Leadership Conference on the AUS campus at the conclusion of the project. A paper and accompanying workbook entitled Developing Women’s Leadership: A Capacity Building Guide will be created for use by individuals, groups of women, or trainers of women around the globe. For more information visit the project website.

Jiji Foundation

Project Title: Puget Sound Edible Democracy Project

Project Director(s): Ed Mikel, Interim Dean, School of Education

Project Period: 2011-2013

Awarded: $10,000

Summary:  For more information visit the project website.

Chancellor’s Discretionary Academic Innovation Fund at Antioch University

Project Title: Bringing 21st Century Skills to 21st Century Students

Project Director(s): Christie Kaaland, Core Faculty, School of Education

Project Period: 2010-2013

Awarded: $75,000

Summary: The grant funds will support the design and pilot of a hybrid online M.A. degree in Education with Library Media over two years in consultation with Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Antioch University Seattle and Mansfield University were partners in a program that used a hybrid learning model funded by a $1M federal grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences. The collaboration with Mansfield University laid the groundwork to launch the proposed program at Antioch University campuses. The target audience are classroom teachers and other candidates who currently hold a teaching certificate Washington. Ultimately, the aim is to expand the program across all campuses in the Antioch University system.

Chancellor’s Discretionary Academic Innovation Fund at Antioch University

Project Title: Program Evaluation Replication and Course Development Project

Project Director(s): Pat Linn, Core Faculty, Psy.D. Program, School of Applied Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy

Project Period: 2011-2013

Awarded: $94,835

Summary: The grant funds will build capacity for program evaluation (PE) across Antioch University.  Dr. Pat Linn and a colleague from the Santa Barbara campus will visit experienced program evaluators with the faculty at Antioch University New England to learn their approach to practice-based participatory evaluation. Grant outcomes include the development of a Sakai-based graduate course on PE for possible use across centers and campuses at Antioch University; service-learning opportunities for graduate students as part of the PE course; and building an infrastructure for future paid evaluation contracts with local community agencies. Generating paid positions for graduate students who have built PE skills and increasing the number of partnerships between Antioch University and community agencies are long-term project goals.

Chancellor’s Discretionary Academic Innovation Fund at Antioch University

Project Title: The Expressive Therapies Summer Institute: A New Vision for Inter-Campus Collaboration

Project Director: Janice Hoshino, Chair of Art Therapy and Drama Therapy Specializations, School of Applied Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy

Project Period: 2012-2015

Awarded: $17,820

Summary: Our vision is to establish Antioch University as a national expressive therapies hub. First, the proposed project will develop a Summer Institute series at Antioch University Seattle that will provide both graduate degree credit to current Antioch University students as well as continuing education opportunities for alumni and clinicians. Students from all campuses will be invited to attend the week-long intensive training. Second, the Expressive Therapies week will integrate Antioch University campuses by rotating host campuses, thereby offering new trainings and continuing education units (CEUs) for students, alumni, and professionals in each region.  Further, attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn from faculty across the national Antioch University system. The Antioch University Seattle campus will be in close collaboration with our cross-campus partners at Antioch University New England and Antioch University Santa Barbara.