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Grants

Institutional Grants Office

The 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 Grants by Status

1. Single Applicant Active Grants

Adult Education and Literacy Grant – Academic Pathways

Email: shayna.howell@aims.edu

Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado, is implementing a 3-year program with the overarching goal of increasing the number of low-income, low-literate adults attaining the 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 and Centennial BOCES.

Colorado First/ Existing Industry

Email: john.hutson@aims.edu

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 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. At any point in time, we have multiple grants in this section, and we reapply each year.

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Higher Education Matching Initiative

Email: laura.davinci@aims.edu

The purpose of this grant is to increase postsecondary credential completion and the preparedness of Colorado students to earn a livable wage and graduate with less debt. Thus the grant will provide scholarships to Aims students whose household income is between 0% and 250% of the Pell eligibility in an effort to reduce the achievement gap. The grant funds are matched 1:1 with donor funds.

Colorado State Grant for Academic Libraries – Kiefer Library

Email: susan.andersen@aims.edu

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 that end, the state will receive the corresponding benefits of a better educated and informed population. This is a yearly renewing grant.

Internet Essentials Grant

Email: lesli.bicknell@aims.edu

This grant allows Aims Community College to increase 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.

Tax Help Colorado 

Email: gina.jones@aims.edu

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 operating at numerous colleges statewide. Aims has helped more than 1,100 Weld County taxpayers 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 help with tax preparation this year. This is a yearly renewing grant.

TRiO Student Support Services

Email: julie.smith@aims.edu

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.

TRiO-STEM Student Support Service

Email: liz.schoenleber@aims.edu

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.

2. Aims as the Lead Institution Active Grants

None at this point in time.

3. Aims is the sub-recipient Active Grants

Carl D. Perkins

Email: brenda.rask@aims.edu

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. This is a yearly renewing grant.

Colorado Space Grant Consortium; CU Boulder is the lead institution

Email: lee.mcmains@aims.edu

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  eight students per semester participate in the consortium activities.

TAACCCT: Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College And Career Training Grant: Colorado Helps Advanced Manufacturing Program (CHAMP)

Email: bruce.beardsley@aims.edu

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.

4. Aims is a partner only Active Grants 

CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program) Partnership

Email: brenda.rask@aims.edu
The purpose of this grant is to provide migrant individuals with knowledge about attending college. This is a partnership grant, the lead is Colorado University at Boulder; Aims Ft. Lupton is providing in-kind services.

Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Larimer County Matching Initiative – in partnership with Front Range Community College

Email: laura.davinci@aims.edu

The purpose of this grant is to increase post-secondary credential completion and the preparedness of Colorado students to earn a livable wage and graduate with less debt. Thus the grant will provide scholarships to Aims students whose household income is between 0% and 250% of the Pell eligibility in an effort to reduce the achievement gap. The grant funds are matched 1:1 with donor funds. Only Larimer residents are eligible for this grant.

EOC (Educational Opportunity Center) Partnership with Colorado State University

Email: julie.smith@aims.edu; liz.schoenleber@aims.edu; brenda.rask@aims.edu
This grant allows Aims Community College to collaborate with CSU’s program and to provide in-kind services.

GEAR UP Partnership

Email: laura.davinci@aims.edu

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 post-secondary education. They serve 1,706 students (87% of which are low-income) - 834 6th grade Cohort students and 872 7th grade Cohort students in  four middle schools (Brentwood, Franklin, Heath and John Evans) and four high schools (Greeley Central, Greeley West, Jefferson and Northridge).

WICHE Insterstate Passport – First-in-the-World Grant

Email: ross.perkins@aims.edu

The Interstate Passport Initiative is a grassroots effort, conceived by chief academic leaders in the WICHE region, to develop a new friction-free framework for block transfer of lower-division general education based on learning outcomes and transfer-level proficiency criteria. At the academic leaders’ request, WICHE manages this multi- state effort as it rolls out in phases in the WICHE states and beyond. Aims Community College is a partner in this grant.