QSM Grant Information

Grant Policies & Guidelines

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


  • Proposals for the second round of the 2021-22 QSM Grant cycle are due on Monday, March 7, 2022. 
  • 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 Program Policies 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 successfully 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 may have the option of attending a virtual QSM Grant Writing Workshop.

  • 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.
    • Applicants will have to upload their Principal Statement of Support and make sure their school is registered as an LSU Supplier before moving on to the next step. 
    • 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. Schools can register by going to the LSU Supplier Registration.
  • 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 must officially accept the award through the grant management portal.

  • 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.

 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.


  • Proposals for a second round of funding will be accepted anytime from January 24 through March 7.
  • Need help writing a QSM Grant? Be sure to check out our Grant Writing Tips and Resources page that includes videos, sample proposals, and much more.

Program Policies

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