Capacity-Building Grants Support CIC State Fund Member Initiatives

CIC awarded State Fund Members in Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, and Texas Capacity-Building Grants of $10,000 each in November 2015. Now in its sixth year, the grant program provides “seed money” to enhance State Fund Members’ efforts to make the case for their member colleges or to secure funding for collaborative consortia programs.

“Our State Fund Members are well positioned to serve as a hub for their member colleges in the development and funding of collaborative programs of priority to the presidents of their member colleges, and CIC is pleased to serve as a catalyst to advance these efforts,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “Because of this grant program’s remarkable return on investment in recent years, CIC doubled the size of the awards in 2015 and generated an exceptionally strong set of proposals for initiatives that will provide long-term benefits for member institutions.”

The projects supported for the 2015 grant program cycle follow:
  • Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities (AICU) is preparing to mount a major endowment campaign that will address a top need identified by member college presidents—more financial aid support for students. To lay the groundwork for the campaign, AICU will engage a grant writer who will develop the case for the campaign, create templates for major grant proposals that can be adapted for different donors, and develop ancillary brochures.
  • The Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT) Foundation will hire a consultant to establish objectives and strategies for sustainable fundraising for the ICUT Foundation and to develop a plan to create an advisory council. The advisory council will engage community and corporate leaders from around the state to help fundraise and to make the case for the state’s private colleges.
  • The Iowa College Foundation (ICF) will regenerate and expand the Iowa College Foundation Scholarship Management Services Initiative, which offers ICF’s services as a tailored alternative for corporations, foundations, and individuals who no longer want to manage their own scholarship programs.
  • The Missouri Colleges Fund (MCF) will create a more appealing, user-friendly website to increase the visibility of MCF and its member colleges and to establish consistent messaging and branding. The new website also will increase MCF's ability to reach potential corporate, foundation, and individual donors, as well as to advance programmatic initiatives.
  • North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities will engage a professional grant writer to seek major support from large national foundations for the organization’s College Access and Success Initiative. In addition to writing an initial grant request, the writer will provide templates for related College Access and Success projects that will be submitted to other potential funders.
For more information about CIC’s Capacity-Building Grants initiative, visit