Summer 2017 Minigrants
The goal of the MCC Summer Minigrant Program is to support full- and part-time faculty and professional staff members in researching and developing or improving services that will have a direct impact on students. Minigrants help support the important efforts of the college as a whole.
2017 Areas of Focus for MCC Minigrants
The MCC PD Minigrant process focuses on supporting college missions in a strategic way. While applications come from many areas of the college with different intent, priority will be given to projects and activities related to the integration and/or assessment of one or more of the following categories:
Open Educational Resource Adoption-Creation (NOTE: This category follows the funding
model advanced by the Mass OER Council. To see their funding criteria, please go this website.)
Scaling up Department-level Assessment Work
Best Practices for Data-Driven Decision-Making
Best Practices for Digital Learning
Best Practices for Intersession Teaching
Other (Must have clear connection to college's strategic plan)
Eligibility for Minigrants
All current faculty and part-time professional staff members are eligible to participate in the Minigrant program.
All Minigrant projects should be discussed with your dean prior to applying. All applications require a signature from the appropriate Assistant/Associate Dean.
Proposal Application & Guidelines
Funding & Suggested Compensation
Proposals may be submitted and funding requested at one of the following levels: $2,000,
$1,500, $1,000, $500 or smaller amounts. Funding amounts are based on an hourly rate
of $35 per hour. Please note: Minigrants are intended to be paid as a stipend to
staff and faculty for the work being completed. They do not fund catering, speaker
honorariums, travel, or purchasing equipment. Minigrants are also not intended to
supplement department budgets.
Course development funding will not be considered if they do not incorporate the areas of focus above.
Typical Examples of Project Compensation
- Development and assessment of a new course that primarily uses project learning
- Development or extensive revision of a course module to include networking and career
$300 - $500
- Compensation for projects and relevant activities that develop responsive systems
and services throughout MCC that will have a direct impact on student success. (Examples
of some types of activities: working on a high school articulation program with student
affairs; developing, teaching, and assessing a training module to effectively work
with at-risk student populations; developing new assessment tools that incorporate
low-cost/no-cost applications; conducting a three-part workshop to increase persistence
Examples of Funded Projects
Although there have been many projects funded through the years, it sometimes helps to see what others have proposed and have been funded for. Click here for a short list of examples of Minigrant projects that have been funded from 2014-2016.