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Proposal Development and Submission


Cost share or matching is that portion of the project costs that are not paid by the funding agency.  Cost share can be provided by the university or third party.

As a rule, ASPH does not allow cost share on a proposal unless it is requested/required by the sponsor. 

If required by sponsor cost share must be added in the budget, budget justification, and USCeRA.  If cost share is provided by a third party a letter stating the amount of the funds provided is required.

ASPH follows the university’s policy on cost share: Voluntary Cost Share Guidance and Procedures


The Office of Corporate & Foundation Philanthropy (CFP) works internally with directors of development within each academic unit, administrators, faculty, and staff, and externally with corporate and foundation representatives, to support the University of South Carolina's academic, institutional, and research initiatives, priorities, and programs. Support from corporations and foundations is an essential source of funding for USC scholarships, faculty research, and programs. CFP serves as a central point of entry for corporations and foundations that are interested in investments, partnerships, and/or collaboration with USC. CFP identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards these relationships.

Philanthropic Relationships and Strategic Partnerships

CFP establishes and develops strong relationships with companies and foundations to support USC’s mission. These relationships are philanthropic with a larger goal of creating strategic partnerships between USC and its corporate and foundation supporters focused on a common vision. Meetings, conference calls, off-campus corporate and foundation visits, forums, and site visits are just some of the ways that USC and our external supporters maximize benefit to the University, partnering organizations, and the community at large.

Services We Provide

  • Oversee and coordinate University-wide corporate and foundation activities
  • Advise on strategic approaches to private and corporate foundations
  • Help convert ideas/concepts into fundable projects/programs
  • Distribute request for proposals (RFPs) to schools/colleges and faculty
  • Identify new sources of corporate and foundation support; cultivate new corporate and foundation relationships and opportunities
  • Facilitate approaches to corporations and foundations
  • Provide information on the history of the University’s relationship with specific foundations
  • Assist with letter of inquiry (LOI) and proposal development for major gifts ($25,000 or higher)
  • Provide budget guidance
  • Supply supporting documentation (e.g. IRS Determination, audited financial statements, signatures)
  • Develop LOIs and proposals
  • Assist with stewardship and follow-up, including recognition and acknowledgement of donor awards
  • Work with communications staff across the University on news releases for foundation awards
  • Assist in developing policy on corporate and foundation gifts and grants

 The CFP team works closely with many entities and individuals on campus, including college leadership and the leadership in the Office of Research, Sponsored Awards Management, Career Services, Economic Engagement, Communications and others to build comprehensive and strategic partnerships with corporations and foundations.

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