Rock Valley College

RVC Foundation Grants

Providing Funding for Important Equipment and Projects

Since 1999, the RVC Foundation has funded over $1,00,000 in grants to RVC faculty and staff for a wide variety of equipment and projects that enhance the learning experience for our students.

To get a better idea of the broad assortment of interesting and diverse grants we’ve funded in recent years, check out our list of grants

Unfortunately, we usually receive more requests for grants than we have funds to award.  This year, the Foundation is pleased to be awarding $48,000 in grants. 

For more information or if you have questions, we invite you to call Katie Peterson at (815) 921-4501.

Grant Application and Selection Process

No date has been determined for grant applications for FY18.

Any RVC faculty or staff member may submit a grant application during the application period.  The application requires detailed project and budget information.  A grant committee of volunteer RVC Foundation board members meets to carefully review all applications and determine the grant recipients based upon an established criteria:

  • Impact on college and community
  • Potential lack of college funding
  • Degree of creativity and innovation
  • Support of the college’s priorities
  • Level of visibility for the Foundation

The Foundation considers all requests.  However, preference is given to academic areas. Key college administrators attend the grant selection session to provide insight and answer committee questions.  College staff are not part of the voting process. Additional grant guidelines are listed on the grant application.

Application Period is now closed.


Karl Jacobs Leadership Grant

In addition to the open grant process, there is a leadership grant that was originated in honor of former RVC president, Dr. Karl Jacobs. This grant is available to faculty, staff, and students and can be used to fund everything from speakers, programs, and books, to media, training, and conference attendance. Learn more about the Karl Jacobs Grant.

Specific Program Grants

In addition to the open grant process, the following are a group of program-specific grants:

  • David Caskey Memorial Lecture Series
  • Bill & Sue Gorski/SwedishAmerican Health System Grant for the Nursing Program
  • Marjorie Marlowe Bengt Sjostrom Theater Program Maintenance Endowment
  • John & Roberta Mink Grant for Manufacturing/Technology Program
  • Dean A. Olson Grant for Technology
  • OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Grant for Allied Health Programs
  • Rockford Health System Grant for Allied Health Programs
  • Ernest J. Svenson Lectureship Grant
  • James S. & Shirley E. Waddell/SwedishAmerican Medical Foundation Grant for the Nursing Program

To learn more about current funding opportunities and how to apply, we invite you to call or write to Katie Peterson at (815) 921-4501 or