Family Fund Grant Proposal Evaluation Procedures

Applications to the Family Fund are reviewed by a diverse committee of MUSC employees. Reviewers will read each proposal, score and select the top projects according to the grant criteria and guidelines.

Thank you for your time and support through this process!

The guidelines for grant voting are as follows:


  • What other sources of funding may be available for this project?
  • Is the amount of funding requested for this grant reasonable and consistent with the project?
  • Is the budget clearly defined?
  • Is the project part of a larger effort already funded by a grant?


  • Does the project coincide with the MUSC’s mission – education, patient care and research?


  • Has the project timeline been sufficiently developed?
  • Is the project a one-time effort or is continuous funding needed to maintain it?
  • Is this a pilot project that may lead to future endeavors or further funding from additional sources?


  • Who will this project affect?
  • Which projects will have the greatest impact on the largest amount of people?
  • Which projects will give us “the biggest bang for our buck?”


  • Are we able to evaluate the project’s outcome?
  • Will we be able to see improvement or positive results from this project?

The committee uses a scoring system based on one used by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  The system is outlined below:


Please assign a rank between 0 and 5 (0=does not meet criteria to 5=highest ranking) for each project, based on the developed criteria above. Please refrain from voting for any projects submitted by your department or any project in which you may have a vested interest. If you are abstaining from a project place a letter “A” instead of number in the overall ranking column. Please score all projects on the spreadsheet, do not leave any row blank in the Overall Ranking column. Rankings will be determined as a percentage of the total possible points.

If the grant recipients are clearly defined and stand alone, those top projects will receive the grant awards. However, if there are no clear recipients, the Allocation Committee will reconvene and review those projects receiving higher percentages.