2017-18 Minigrants

MCC Minigrants

NOTE: The deadline for spring 2018 minigrant project proposals is Dec 15, 2017.

The goal of the MCC inigrant 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.

2017-18 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:

bullet point 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.)

bullet point Best Practices for Digital Learning

bullet point Best Practices for Data-Driven Decision-Making

bullet point Best Practices for Intersession Teaching

 See link to online proposal application below.


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 approval from the your 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 development opportunities
    $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 and retention)

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.

How to Submit a Proposal

Here is the link to the online minigrant proposal application. For any questions, please contact your dean, or email Peter Shea in the Office of Professional Development (sheap@middlesex.mass.edu), or Wendy Khadjikian (khadjikianw@middlesex.mass.edu).

Last Modified: 11/20/17