Office of Institutional Grants

Aims Community College Office of Institutional Grants provides leadership in developing and maintaining grant support and strategic grants planning. The department assists faculty and staff in developing competitive proposals, coordinating institutional approval of all grant and contract proposals submitted by Aims, and providing support for grants management activities.

Faculty or staff who would like to apply for a grant and external entities that would like to partner with Aims Community College on a grant, please email or call the Grants Manager. 

Students applying for financial aid can learn more about standard federal grants on the Student Financial Aid Office page. 

Current Grants

  • Amount: $10,671,840
  • Project Period: 3/13/2020 - 5/11/2022
  • Contact Person: Chuck Jensen
  • Email: chuck.jensen@aims.edu 
  • Funding Agency: US Department of Education

This program is 100% funded by the Federal Government via the U.S. Department of Education to cover costs associated with coronavirus. Institutional portion funds may be used to defray expenses associated with coronavirus (including lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, faculty and staff trainings, and payroll), and to carry out student support activities authorized by the HEA that address needs related to coronavirus. Institutional funds may also be used to make additional financial aid grants to students.

 

  • Amount: $7,646,828
  • Project Period: 3/13/2020 - 5/21/2022
  • Contact Person: Chuck Jensen
  • Email: chuck.jensen@aims.edu 
  • Funding Agency: US Department of Education

The purpose of this program is to support college students whose lives have been impacted by the coronavirus and are facing financial challenges. This program is 100% funded by the Federal Government via the U.S. Department of Education. Institutions must make financial aid grants to students, which can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. Unlike the CARES Act, the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, and authorizes grants to students exclusively enrolled in distance education.

  • Amount: $391,477
  • Project Period: 11/12/2020 - 5/21/2021
  • Contact Person: Marie Meier
  • Email: marie.meier@aims.edu 
  • Funding Agency: Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

The Colorado First Customized Training Program assists basic industry employers with short-term, fast-track training. 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 to retrain their workers in the new skills required 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. At any point in time, Aims has multiple grants in this program, and we reapply each year. 

  • Amount: $47,807
  • Project Period: 1/19/2021 - 6/30/2023
  • Contact Person: Kelly Jackson
  • Email: kelly.jackson@aims.edu 
  • Funding Agency: Colorado Department of Higher Education

The purpose of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Matching Student Scholarship Grant is to increase the amount of scholarships available for post-secondary students in Colorado. Aims Foundation must match every dollar given by the State. 

  • Amount: $10,988 (FY21 funding)
  • Project Period: 5/1/2020 - 4/30/2024
  • Contact Person: Lee McMains
  • Email: lee.mcmains@aims.edu
  • Funding Agency: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

The Colorado Space Grant Consortium is funded by NASA and is a state-wide organization involving 21 colleges, universities and institutions around Colorado. Each grantee 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.

  • Amount:  $4,500
  • Project Period: 7/1/2020 - 6/30/2021
  • Contact Person: Doug Strauss
  • Email: doug.strauss@aims.edu
  • Funding Agency:  Colorado Department of Education

The grant funds can be spent on any educational materials: books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, and even electronic resources and databases, through June 2021.  This year the Kiefer Library will expand the library eBook collection as well as support new courses. 

  • Amount:  $173,258
  • Project Period: 01/01/2019 - 12/31/2021
  • Contact Person: Lee McMains
  • Email: lee.mcmains@aims.edu
  • Funding Agency: National Science Foundation

Aims is partnering with the University of Northern Colorado to promote and support careers and student success in manufacturing technology degree programs. The goal of this project is to encourage a larger and more diverse population of high school students to consider careers in mechatronics and to better prepare students who enter this career path.

  • Amount: $25,000
  • Project Period: 4/1/2021 - 5/31/2023
  • Contact Person: Kelly Jackson
  • Email: kelly.jackson@aims.edu 
  • Funding Agency: Daniels Fund

The Boundless Opportunity Scholarship program provides need-based scholarships to students from one or more of the following non-traditional students populations: adults returning to college, veterans, former foster care youth, former juvenile justice youth, GED recipients. 

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Project Period: 6/4/2021 - 6/30/2022
  • Contact Person: Kelly Jackson
  • Email: kelly.jackson@aims.edu 
  • Funding Agency: El Pomar Foundation

The Prism/Pride grant program, established by Dr. Leah Bornstein & Dr. Sarah Wyscaver, provides scholarships to LGBTQ+ students through the Aims Foundation.

  • Amount: $26,000
  • Project Period: 5/1/2021 - 6/30/2022
  • Contact Person: Dr. Douglas Strauss
  • Email: doug.strauss@aims.edu 
  • Funding Agency: Colorado Department of Education

Aims Community College was awarded its third Open Educational Resources (OER) grant in three years from the Colorado Department of Higher Education to support the development of Free-to-Student (F2S) courses. F2S courses are designed with OER and other materials that do not have costs borne by students (e.g. library licensed content). This year's grant of $26,000 will pay faculty to develop five new or redesigned F2S courses.

  • Amount:  $6,000
  • Project Period: 7/1/2021 - 9/30/2022
  • Contact Person: Doug Strauss
  • Email: doug.strauss@aims.edu
  • Funding Agency:  Colorado Department of Education

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) ARPA State Grant funding (Public Law 117-2; 20 U.S.C.§9101 et seq.) is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Colorado State Library to help communities respond directly and immediately to the pandemic, as well as to related economic and community needs through equitable approaches in digital inclusion and library services. 

  • Amount: $573,480
  • Project Period: 07/01/2021 - 06/30/2022
  • Contact Person: Landon Loyd
  • Email: landon.loyd@aims.edu 
  • Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education, administered by the Colorado Career & Technical Education and the Colorado Community College System

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 students for post-secondary education and careers of their choice.

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Project Period: 01/01/21 - 10/15/2021
  • Contact Person: Audra Trnovec
  • Email: audra.trnovec@aims.edu 
  • Funding Agency: Colorado Department of Higher Education

The grant will allow Pathway Advising to support the success of students with developmental needs by building the skills of academic advisors, improving data collection mechanisms, and connecting academic advisors and faculty to further skill development, share best practices, and forge a community of campus professionals with a shared goal of student success.

  • Amount: $9,740
  • Project Period: 01/01/2021 - 4/30/2021
  • Contact Person: Gina Jones
  • Email: gina.jones@aims.edu
  • Funding Agency: Piton Foundation

A partnership between the Piton Foundation and the Colorado Community College System, Tax Help Colorado offers free tax preparation assistance to families who earn less that approximately $56,000 per year thus helping to ease the burden of commercial tax preparation costs for this group of tax payers.

  • Amount: $1,375,525
  • Project Period: 9/01/2020 - 8/31/2025
  • Contact Person: Bernadette Cordova
  • Email: bernadette.cordova@aims.edu
  • Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education

The objectives of the program are 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.

  • Amount: $1,309,440
  • Project Period: 9/01/2020 - 8/31/2025
  • Contact Person: Bernadette Cordova
  • Email: bernadette.cordova@aims.edu
  • Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education

The objectives of the program are 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. 

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Project Period: 4/15/2021 - 4/15/2022
  • Contact Person: Richard Hanks
  • Email: richard.hanks@aims.edu
  • Funding Agency: The Weld Trust

This grant funds a one-year subscription to TalkCampus.  TalkCampus offers a non-clinical support network of peers to students twenty-four hours a day.  Students can connect with peers from all over the world about any number of mental health issues/concerns.  

Current Grant Collaborations

  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2023
  • Contact Person: Michael Peterson
  • Email: michael.peterson@aims.edu 
  • Funding Agency: Colorado Department of Education

This partnership is with Greeley-Evans School District 6. This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools.

  • Project Period: 07/01/2017 - 06/30/2022
  • Contact Person: Julie Luekenga
  • Email: julie.luekenga@aims.edu 
  • Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education

The purpose of CAMP is to provide academic and financial support to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members of their immediate family complete their first year of college and continue in post-secondary education.  This is a partnership grant. The lead is University of Colorado Boulder, BUENO Center.

This partnership is with Colorado State University. The Educational Opportunity Center program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of post-secondary education. The program also provides services to improve the financial and economic literacy of participants.

  • Project Period: 09/25/14 - 9/24/2021
  • Contact Person: Fabian Garcia
  • Email: fabian.garcia@aims.edu
  • Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education

The Greeley-Evans School District 6, in collaboration with Aims, is implementing 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 post-secondary education. They serve over 1,700 students (87% low-income) who started in 6th and 7th grades from middle schools in Greeley-Evans Schools District 6. The two cohorts, currently 11th and 12th graders, attend four high schools in Greeley-Evans Schools District 6.

  • Project Period: 10/01/2019 - 06/30/2024
  • Contact Person: Julie Luekenga
  • Email: julie.luekenga@aims.edu 
  • Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education

The purpose of this grant is to provide migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members of their immediate family a high quality instructional program that will allow them to attain their High School Equivalency diploma.  This is a partnership grant. The lead is University of Colorado Boulder, BUENO Center.

  • Project Period: 10/1/2018 – 9/30/2023
  • Contact Person: Jackie Chabot
  • Email: jackie.chabot@aims.edu 
  • Funding Agency: US Department of Health and Human Services – HRSA Division

This partnership is with Metro State University. The goal is to promote and support the identification and recruitment of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds into the health professions, including allied health, and transfer from Aims to MSU. 

  • Project Period: 7/1/2020 - 6/30/2026
  • Contact Person: Ray Chard
  • Email: ray.chard@aims.edu
  • Funding Agency: Colorado Department of Education

The P-TECH grant is an innovative partnership between the Greeley-Evans School District and Aims Community College, designed to promote advanced manufacturing concurrent enrollment programs.

  • Project Period: 9/01/2017 - 08/31/2022
  • Contact Person: Bernadette Cordova
  • Email: bernadette.cordova@aims.edu
  • Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education

This partnership is with University of Northern Colorado.  Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.