QSM Grant Information

Grant Policies & Guidelines

Applicants should carefully read this document before writing and submitting their application. Click here to read QSM Grant Policies and Guidelines.


  • Proposals for the first round of the 2021-22 QSM Grant cycle are due on Monday, October 11th, 2021. 
  • 2021-22 QSM Grant Award recipients must complete the Post-Award Receipt Submission and Final Report form by Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Grant Process

Infographic of the QSM Grant Process as written below.


Please click on each section for more information and tips!

Pre-Award Phase:

  • Check the announcements for the start of an application round.
  • Make sure to check the website for updates.

  • Applicants should carefully read and review the QSM Policies and Guidelines to begin to determine the project needs and gather the necessary information.
  • Applicants should review the grant application questions and prepare clear and complete responses to them. It is recommended that applicants create a word document and cut and paste section responses into the online form.
  • Applicants should prepare a budget that includes all items necessary to sucessfully implement their project. Shipping costs may be included in a budget. Tax costs are not fundable.
  • Applicants should discuss their proposal with their department head and principal.
  • Applicants will have the option of attending a virtual QSM Grant Writing workshop held shortly after the application process is opened.

  • Applicants will complete and submit a QSM grant proposal through the grant management portal.

  • Grant Proposals are scored and ranked by a panel of reviewers. Reviewers will reduce the final award if it is necessary to remove unacceptable items such as consumable materials or taxes.
  • Feedback will be available to the applicants to review so that they may revise and resubmit in later round.

 Award Phase:

  • For successful proposals, applicants and their principal are notified of the award.
  • For unfunded proposals, only applicants are notified. Applicants will have access to feedback of their proposal for review and possible revision and resubmission in the next available grant round.

  • Applicants and their principals must officially accept the award through the grant management portal.
  • If the school is not already a registered LSU supplier, a school administrator or an accountant register to become before the award can be accepted. Click here to see if your school is a registered LSU supplier. If they are not, a school administrator or accountant can register to become one by clicking here.

  • The recipient’s school will receive a check from LSU with awarded funds to be spent on the approved budget items.
  • If there are multiple recipients at the school, a single check is sent with the total amount.
  • In order to receive funds, the school must be an LSU supplier. This is a simple process that should be completed by the school’s accountant or administrator. Click here to for instructions to become an LSU supplier.

 Post-Award Phase:

  • Recipients must submit receipts of their approved budget items as proof of purchase in order to be compliant with the grant policies.
  • All grant funds must be expended as specified in the approved proposal. Any requests for budget changes must be approved prior to purchasing. Please send an updated budget and short justification to qsminfo@lsu.edu for approval.

  • Recipients must complete the Final Report form that describes the implementation of the project.


Submissions for the first round of the 2021-2022 QSM Grant cycle are open from Monday, August 23rd to Monday, October 11th.

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