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Title V Grant Idea Proposal

Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program


We are now accepting idea proposals for Title V Grant funding!

MSU Denver is on its way to achieving the status of Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), anticipated to take place in the Spring of 2019. This federal designation will allow us to compete for funding from the US Department of Education through the Title V Grant, also known as the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

Since we are allowed one Title V Grant submission, faculty and staff will have until Dec 19 2018 to submit their idea proposals for programs, activities, or services that could qualify for funding. Idea proposals must assist MSU Denver to develop, improve, and expand MSU Denver's capacity to serve Hispanic students and other low-income students.

How to submit an idea proposal:

1.  Refer to our Guide below for insight and useful information to help you through the initial idea proposal process.

2.  When ready, use the HSI Idea Proposal Form below to submit your idea proposal. 

3.  Got questions? Contact Michael Benitez.






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Idea Proposal Guide:

There are two types of Title V Grants:


  • Cooperative Arrangement Grant ($500,000 - $750,000 per year for five years)
    Grant activities shared between two institutions in which resources of the cooperating institutions are combined and shared to better achieve the purposes of the DHSI program and avoid costly duplication of effort (at least one institution must be HSI eligible).
  • Individual Development Grant (up to $500,000 per year for five years)
    Funding under this grant can be used to fund activities that meet the Authorized Activities List for the HSI Institution.


     Title V Grants can be used to fund one or more of the following authorized activities:

  1. Purchase, rental, or lease of Scientific or laboratory equipment for educational purposes, including instructional and research purposes.
  2. Construction, maintenance, renovation, and improvement in classrooms, libraries, laboratories, and other instructional facilities.
  3. Support of faculty exchanges, faculty development, curriculum development, academic instruction, and faculty fellowships to assist in attaining advanced degrees in the fellow’s field of instruction.
  4. Purchase of library books, periodicals, and other educational materials, including telecommunications program material.
  5. Tutoring, counseling, and student service programs designed to improve academic success, including innovative and customized instruction courses (which may include remedial education and English language instruction) designed to help retain students and move the students rapidly into core courses and through program completion.
  6. Articulation agreements and student support programs designed to facilitate the transfer from two-year to four-year institutions.
  7. Funds management, administrative management, and acquisition of equipment for use in strengthening funds management.
  8. Joint use of facilities, such as laboratories and libraries.
  9. Establishing or improving a development office to strengthen or improve contributions from alumni and the private sector.
  10. Establishing or improving an endowment fund.
  11. Creating or improving facilities for Internet or other distance education technologies, including purchase or rental of telecommunications technology equipment or services.
  12. Establishing or enhancing a program of teacher education designed to qualify students to teach in public elementary schools and secondary schools.
  13. Establishing community outreach programs that will encourage elementary schooland secondary school students to develop the academic skills and the interest to pursue post secondary education.
  14. Expanding the number of Hispanic and other underrepresented graduate and professional students that can be served by the institution by expanding courses and institutional resources.
  15. Providing education, counseling services, or financial information designed to improve the financial literacy and economic literacy of students or the students’ families, especially with regard to student indebtedness and student assistance programs under subchapter IV.
  16. Other activities proposed in the application submitted pursuant to section 1101c of this title that—
    1. contribute to carrying out the purposes of this subchapter; and
    2. are approved by the Secretary as part of the review and acceptance of such application.


     Note: only one institutional submission for each type of grant is allowed

Due to the nature of only being able to submit one idea proposal for each Title V grant (cooperative and individual) there will be an internal process to identify potential activities that can be funded through Title V grant submission so that we can put forward a competitive grant.

The internal process will require any faculty or staff member to submit an idea proposal by December 19, 2018. A committee will review all idea proposals using a weighted rubric and will pick the idea proposals (one cooperative and one individual Title V Grant) to go forward for full grant application.

The winners of the internal idea proposal process will be notified by January 18, 2019. The winning team will then have until May 2019 to formally complete the idea proposal. There is a possibility of help with writing the full grant application (this detail is still being determined)



Competitive Preference: Grant applications submitted that also address the areas or activities that have the greatest need and as a priority, as identified by the US Department of Education, will receive extra points to their grant submission.


    Title V Competitive Preference:

  • Competitive Preference Priority 1 (up to 10 additional points) – Projects that establish or enhance a program of teacher education designed to qualify teacher candidates to teach in public elementary schools and secondary schools.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 2 (up to 10 additional points) – Projects that develop or enhance articulation agreements and/or student support programs designed to facilitate the transfer from 2-year to 4-year institutions.


    Competitive Preference for MSU Denver:

Grant proposals that address priorities, as identified by the HSI Implementation Team, will take priority and could include the following:

  • Developing or improving educational pathway opportunities that impact community college transfer, university/college transfer, pre-college or K-12 pipeline opportunities.
  • Expanding or improving completion options through practices of online learning, cohort model learning, hybrid (online/in person) degree offerings, accelerated, course availability, etc.
  • Maximizing or expanding student support services and practices to promote retention and degree completion.
  • Programs, training or efforts to embed a culturally competent and equitable campus culture through policies, practices and pedagogy.


1. Internal idea proposals due via the online submission form by 12/19/2018

2. Winners will be picked and contacted by 1/18/2019

3. Pending Federal Hispanic Serving Institution Designation, official grant proposals should be ready to submit May 2019


Note: If MSU Denver does not achieve HSI designation in the Spring of 2019, then identified grant application will be ready to submit for May 2020.

1. Specific full grant parameters will be given at the time of selection.
2. MSU Denver OSRP will assist with final grant submission.








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