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Grants and Contracts


The Grants and Contracts team also serves as liaisons to external funding agencies and partners; facilitates development of agreements with project partners; and maintains current records reflecting grant activities at the City Colleges of Chicago.

Whether you are a seasoned grant writer seeking help with the submission of a proposal, or a beginner wishing to learn the techniques of writing and submitting winning proposals, we are here to support you in your efforts. The team provides: 
  • Information related to identification of sources for external funding by:

o    Increasing awareness of grant opportunities and the process of applying for funding;          

o    Maintaining and distributing up-to-date resource materials about funding opportunities;           

o    Monitoring legislative activities and appropriations that impact the grant programs at CCC.          


  • Assistance in proposal development:

o    Developing project concepts;          

o    Identifying appropriate funding opportunities;           

o    Writing grant proposals.           


  • Grants management support to project directors:

o    Working with Grants Accounting to monitor project budgets and expenditures;           

o    Monitor contract and grant compliance; and           

o    Ongoing evaluation of the funded project’s progress and impact.           


Please note: All grant proposals must be coordinated through this office.​​​​​​  

Faculty & Staff


Leslie Villaseñor Associate Vice Chancellor​ ​(312) 553-2883
Pat Bobek​ College Administrative Assistant (312) 553-2748​ ​
​Kenya Martin ​Grants Compliance Officer ​(312) 553-3296 ​
​Lavinia M. Owens Assistant Director, Grants & Contracts (312) 553-2646​
Arlene V. Strong  
Assistant Director, Grants & Contracts (312) 553-2766 ​​



Contact Information

(312) 553-3455
(312) 553-3477
9th Floor
226 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60606
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