Laura DaVinci
Grants Manager
Greeley Campus
Allied Health and Sciences Building, 108C
(970) 339-6632

Institutional Grants Office

The Institutional Grants Office provides leadership in developing and maintaining grant support at Aims. The Office assists the college in strategic grants planning, helps Aims faculty and staff develop competitive proposals, coordinates institutional approval of all grant and contract proposals submitted by Aims, and provides support for grants management activities.

Current Major Grants at Aims Community College

Aims Community College Student Support Services

TRiO Student Support Services, U.S. Department of Education

  • Amount: $1,1551,515.00
  • Project Period: 9/01/2015-8/31/2020
  • Project Director: Julie Smith


This grant allows Aims Community College to increase the retention, graduation and transfer rates of 160 eligible students, and to foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of low-income and first generation students and students with disabilities.


TRiOTRiO-STEM Student Support Services, U.S. Department of Education

  • Amount: $1,100,000.00
  • Project Period: 9/01/2015-8/31/2020
  • Interim Project Director: Liz Schoenleber


This grant allows Aims Community College to increase the retention, graduation and transfer rates of 120 eligible students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM disciplines), and to foster an institutional climate supportive of the success in STEM of low –income and first generation college students and students with disabilities.

TRiOInternet Essentials Grant, Comcast Foundation

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Project Period: 01/01/2016-12/31/2016
  • Project Director: Lesli Bicknell


This grant allows Aims Community College to increase the digital literacy. The project has a twofold approach: an extended focus program through a Speaker Series and new iFocus workshops, and a track that promotes technology related to careers.

Aims Community College Extended Studies Division  Building Highways, Building Careers, Colorado Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration

  • Amount:   $709,944
  • Project Period: 07/01/2013-02/29/2016
  • Project Director: Diana Laws


This grant allows Aims to recruit, train and place highway construction workers from traditionally underutilized communities. The project provides on the job training, monitors and supports trainees for 60 days after placement to increase job retention.  It is targeted to women and minorities but open to all applicants. Grant for Academic Libraries – Kiefer Library
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Project Period: 10/01/15-6/30/2016
  • Project Director: Susan Andersen


The State Grants for Libraries are provided by the Colorado State Library to enable public, school and academic libraries to obtain educational resources they would otherwise be unable to afford, to the end that the state will receive the corresponding benefits of a better educated and informed population. This is a yearly renewing grant.


Adult Education and Literacy Grant – Academic Pathways

  • Amount: $99,785
  • Project Period: 1/1/15-6/30/2017
  • Project Director: Jonathan Huie


Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado is implementing a 3-year program through the Adult Education and Literacy Grant with the overarching goal of increasing the number of low-income, low-literate adults attaining their literacy and numeracy skills needed to join the workforce and be successful in obtaining a self-sufficiency wage. It is a partnership between the College, Employment Services of Weld County, Goodwill Industries of Denver, Centennial BOCES and Targeted Tactics, LLC. UP Partnership

  • Amount: $96,082 as in-kind/ cost-share
  • Project Period: 09/25/14-9/24/2021
  • Site Coordinator: Laura DaVinci


The Weld County School District 6 in collaboration with Aims Community College proposes to implement a 7-year GEAR UP grant with the overarching goal of increasing the number of low-income students that graduate from high school prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. They serve 1,706 students (87% of which are low-income) - 834 6th grade Cohort students and 872 7th grade Cohort students in 4 middle schools (Brentwood, Franklin, Heath, and John Evans) and four high schools (Greeley Central, Greeley West, Jefferson, and Northridge).

Colorado First/ Existing Industry

  • Amount: $631,965.96
  • Project Period: 07/01/2015-06/30/2016
  • Site Coordinator: John Hutson


The Colorado FIRST Customized Training Program assists basic industry employers with short-term, fast-track training. The program is administered jointly by the Colorado Office of Economic Development (OED) and the Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System (CCCOES). This partnership strengthens the Colorado FIRST Customized Training program goal: to promote and encourage the expansion of existing Colorado companies or location of new businesses in Colorado by providing training assistance. The Colorado Existing Industry Training Program was designed to help companies affected by major technological change, and to retrain their workers in the new skills mandated by that change. The job-specific skills training provided by the Existing Industry program helps to enhance job security for workers and competitive standing for their employers. It also fosters relationship building between private industry and the state's training institutions. At any point in time, we have multiple grants in this section, totaling the above amount.


Aims Community College Division I

Tax Help Colorado 2015
  • Amount: $6,000
  • Project Period: 1/1/16-4/30/2016
  • Project Director: Gina Jones


Taxpayers who earn less than $53,000 can get help preparing and e-filing their taxes for free at Aims Community College through Tax Help Colorado, a program funded by a grant from the Denver-based Piton Foundation, operating at numerous colleges statewide. Aims has helped more than 1,100 Weld County tax payers claim more than $2 million in federal and state refunds in the last income tax filing season through the program. Students from Aims and the University of Northern Colorado, as well as community volunteers, will be helping with tax preparation this year. This is a yearly renewing grant.


Aims Community College Division III

CO-AMP: Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program, National Science Foundation sub-award (CSU is the lead institution).

  • Amount: $37,500
  • Project Period: 10/1/11-9/30/2016
  • Project Director: Richard Hanks


CO-AMP is a consortium of fifteen community colleges, four-year institutions, and four Native American tribes in Colorado and the Four Corners region. The alliance’s mission is to double the number of under-represented American Indian, African American, Hispanic and Pacific Islander students earning a bachelor’s degree in STEM.  This sub-award provides funds for student stipends and support for tutoring to underrepresented minority students in STEM at Aims. 


Colorado Space Grant Consortium, NASA sub-award (CU Boulder is the lead institution).
  • Amount: $31,040
  • Project Period: 10/1/14-9/30/2016
  • Project Director: Lee McMains


The Colorado Space Grant Consortium is funded by NASA and is a state-wide organization involving 21 colleges, universities and institutions around Colorado. The organization provides Colorado students access to space through innovative courses, real-world hands-on telescope and satellite programs, and interactive outreach programs. The students interact with engineers and scientists from NASA and aerospace companies to develop, test, and fly new space technologies and to support our outreach and teaching programs. Aims Community College will have 8 students per semester participate in the consortium activities. Trade Adjustment Act Community College Career Training Grant: Colorado Helps Advanced Manufacturing Program (CHAMP)

  • Amount: $2,106,296
  • Project Period: 10/1/2013-9/30/2017
  • Project Director: Bruce Beardsley


CHAMP is a statewide consortium that aims at increasing the attainment of manufacturing degrees and certificates that align with the industry’s recognized competencies, skills and certifications to create a pipeline of highly qualified advanced manufacturing industry workers.


Aims Community College-Ft. Lupton Campus Professional Development (NPD) Program- Aims Career Ladder Program

  • Amount:  $1,526,986.84
  • Project Period: 9/1/2011 to 8/31/2016
  • Project Director: Lorenso Aragon
  • Aims Contact: Brenda Rask

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The goal of this project is to provide two cohorts of 30 paraprofessionals an opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts degree with emphasis in English as a Second Language and to promote STEM education by preparing these paraprofessionals to teach math and science content to English Language Learners. D. Perkins

  • Amount: $499,838
  • Project Period: 07/01/2015-06/30/2016
  • Site Coordinator: Brenda Rask


The purpose of this grant is to provide individuals with the academic and technical skills needed to succeed in a knowledge and skills-based economy. Perkins supports career and technical education that prepares its students both for postsecondary education and the careers of their choice. The federal contribution to career and technical education, about $1.3 billion annually, supports innovation and expands access to quality programs. State and local funding supports the career and technical education infrastructure and pays teachers' salaries and other operating expenses.