Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) Research
Grant Assistance

AHSS Grant Officer

Steve Hegge
Grant Officer – Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Office of Research, 540 University Hall
ph: 558-5530

Steve earned a BA in English & Allied Language Arts from Western Kentucky University, where he tutored in the Writing Center for over two years. He also received an MA in English from Idaho State University, where he taught freshman composition for two years as a graduate teaching assistant; he later served as adjunct faculty in the ISU English Department and tutored in the Writing Lab for a year before moving to Lampang, Thailand, to teach English at the former Yonok College (now Nation University). After a year abroad, Steve and his family returned to the Cincinnati area, where he began a career in nonprofit fundraising – first with United Way, then Campbell Lodge Boys’ Home, and most recently the Cincinnati Art Museum, where he served as grants manager for over six years before starting at UC in May 2015.


  • Meet with faculty in the arts, humanities, and social sciences to discuss project funding
  • Search for potential grant funding sources for projects
  • Discuss and interpret grant eligibility and application guidelines
  • Assist faculty in drafting, editing, and proofreading letters of inquiry (LOI) and/or grant proposals
  • Manage the grant application process to meet internal and external deadlines
  • When possible, contact funders to discuss feasibility of a proposal or to ascertain why a proposal was declined for future reference
  • Develop relationships with funder personnel to facilitate future submissions

If you have a project in mind that could benefit from grant funding, the first step is to complete the one-page Project Funds Planning form. Upon completion, submit it to Steve; he’ll then contact the project leader to discuss next steps.

Steve is also available to attend department meetings to meet faculty, provide an overview on how he may be of assistance, and answer questions.