MCC Minigrants

The goal of the MCC Minigrant Program is to support full- and part-time faculty and professional staff members in researching and developing or improving curricula and/or services that will have a direct impact on students. While there is only one opportunity to apply for a minigrant, your proposed project may be completed over the summer or the academic year.  The typical application process runs from the beginning of May until the day after graduation.

 2015-2016 Areas of Focus for MCC Minigrants

This year the minigrant process will continue to focus on the college's Institutional Student Learning Outcomes.  While applications come from many areas, preference will be given to projects and activities related to the integration and/or assessment of one or more of the following:

  • Closing the Achievement Gap/Inclusive Pedagogies
  • Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration
  • Alternative Summative Assessment Development
  • Student Success Initiatives
  • Active Learning/Project-Based Learning


Eligibility for Minigrants

All current full-time faculty and professional staff members are eligible to participate in the Mini-grant program. Current part-time faculty and professional staff may submit a joint application with a full-time colleague or an individual application. All applications require a letter of endorsement from the appropriate dean/assistant dean.

All mini-grant projects should be discussed with your dean prior to applying.

Application form: The application is no longer available. The application deadline was May 22, 2015.  Thank you for your interest!

Proposal Application & Guidelines

After discussing your concept with your Division Dean, applicants should complete the proposal and email it to Gail Desrochers with a copy to their Division Dean. The Minigrant Committee will review all proposals.  Applicants will discuss their proposal with the minigrant committee on June 11, and award announcements will be made by June 23rd.

Funding & Suggested Compensation

Proposals may be submitted and funding requested at one of the following levels: $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $1,000, $500 or smaller amounts. Please note: Minigrants do not fund catering, speaker honorariums, travel, or purchasing equipment.

Suggested Compensation for Course Development & Other Projects

  • Development of a new course or total course redesign
  • Development of a new course which includes the substantial integration of technology (extensive use of multimedia, development of web site)
    $1,500 -$2,000
  • Development of an on-line course (includes completing Distance Learning Instruction 10-week workshop and developing materials)
  • Development or extensive revision of a course module
    $300 - $500
  • Compensation for projects and relevant activities that develop responsive systems and services throughout the College that will have a direct impact on student success. (Examples of some types of activities: working on high school articulation program; developing, teaching, and assessing a training module; developing new assessment tools; conducting a three-part workshop)

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.

If you have questions...
Contact your Division Dean, or email Paulo Barrio in the Office of Professional Development, or Gail Desrochers, South Academic Building Secretary.

Last Modified: 8/27/15