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Grant Writing Information

Request for Proposal (RFP)

As you develop your grant, keep in mind that you have to convince the funding agency of the need of your grant idea. Accordingly, document that there is a problem your project seeks to address and solve. Cite evidence to support your identified problem (i.e. literature search, current legislation, survey findings, relevant statistics, etc.). Moreover, create a sense of urgency that convinces the funding source to support your project now, while also establishing a relationship with the funding agency. The latter can be accomplished by either submitting a pre-proposal (letter of intent) to a potential grantor or directly contacting the relevant program director by phone/email.

Organizational Profile

VCSU is clearly focused on preparing individual learners for the future. People are now working aggressively on projects where students document learning progress with digital portfolios. There is also an important effort to provide students with international experience capitalizing on close ties with universities in Mexico and Canada. All of these efforts ensure that the learning environment is dynamic and exciting.
MISSION: Valley City State University prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning, and service.

VISION: Valley City State University is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.

  • Award degrees in education, business, and the liberal arts and sciences.
  • Deliver a quality educational experience in an innovative culture and a technologically enhanced environment.
  • Serve the best interests of our students, region, and society.
  • Lead in effectively applying information media technologies for learning.
  • Promote the appreciation of diversity, a multicultural perspective, and global awareness.

We are committed to a learner centered philosophy. We make education meaningful with positive relationships and effective practices.

We have high expectations for results, integrity, and positive interpersonal relations in all we do.

We are flexible, creative, and free to try new things. We have a strong work ethic, positive attitude, and open mind. We embrace change.

We trust each other, we work well together, and we are involved with our local and extended communities.

We believe that diversity of all kinds enriches the quality of thought, discussion, and learning.

The university is located in Valley City, North Dakota, a city with a population of about 7500 which serves a rural area of North Dakota.

Historical Overview

Valley City State University was established by the North Dakota Constitutional Convention as a land grant institution in 1889. From the beginning, the institution was a product of both local community initiative and direction from the North Dakota legislative assembly. Eager for early action, representatives of the Valley City community prevailed upon the first legislative assembly to pass a bill implementing the constitutional provision. The Normal School opened on October 13, 1890, in rented quarters in Valley City and in September of 1892 moved to its present location. In 1894, the first graduating class, consisting of three members, received normal school certificates.

In 1921, the legislative assembly authorized the State Normal School at Valley City to award a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education (later changed to Bachelor of Science in Education), and designated the institution as Valley City State Teachers College, effective July 1, 1921. The new collegiate status subjected the College to new standards of academic quality and breadth of program. The curriculum in the liberal arts and general education expanded to provide a broader intellectual foundation. The purpose of the institution was enlarged to include the preparation of secondary school teachers and supervisors as well as elementary school teachers, and preparation of students for vocations and professions other than teaching. In 1939, an important development in governance of the institution occurred with a constitutional revision creating a State Board of Higher Education and placing all of the state's institutions of higher education under its control. Although the College had offered a liberal arts program since 1946, it was not until 1963 that the legislative assembly recognized the expanded mission and designated the institution as Valley City State College. In 1987, the name was changed to Valley City State University.

North Dakota University System

The North Dakota University System is a unified system of higher education governed by the State Board of Higher Education. Organized in 1990, the system includes two research universities, four regional universities and five community colleges.

Each campus offers different learning and living experiences, and all share a commitment to excellence and personal and professional growth. Whether students are preparing to provide health care, teach math, manage businesses, conduct research or overhaul trucks, when they leave our campuses they are prepared to be the best in their fields.
Our investment in technology and the connectedness of our campuses give

University System students incredible access to instruction, no matter where they live. Through partnerships with business, industry and government agencies, the campuses provide training, conduct research and stimulate economic growth - brightening the future for all of us.

Financial Management

The (name of the project) project will utilize administrative and financial controls currently required of all Valley City State University departments. The Project Director will authorize expenditures, which will be sent to both the Business Office and the Grants Office for verification of compliance with federal, state, and university regulations. Copies of all expenditures will be maintained in the Business Office. All requests for disbursement will comply with Education General Administrative Rules (EDGAR).