Minigrants



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 services that will have a direct impact on students. Minigrants help support the important efforts of the college as a whole.  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 through the first three weeks of May.

2016-2017 Areas of Focus for MCC Minigrants

The Minigrant process will focus 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 four categories:

  • Closing the Achievement Gap/Inclusive Pedagogies
  • Curricular and CoCurricular Collaboration
  • Active Learning/Project-Based Learning
  • Career and Transfer Pathways

Eligibility for Minigrants

All current faculty and professional staff members (regardless of full-time/part-time status) 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.

Application form: The application for the 2016-2017 academic year is now available. You may click on this link to access the application.  (Please note: depending on your Microsoft version, upon opening this document you may need to click the "view" tab and then "edit document" before you can fill in the fields).  The application deadline will be May 20, 2016, at 5:00 PM.  To ensure that your application is submitted by the deadline, your Assistant/Associate Dean must receive your proposal for review and signature before Friday, May 20, 2016, at 5:00 PM.  Thank you for your interest and please check back after April 28th!

Proposal Application & Guidelines

After discussing your concept with your dean, applicants should complete the proposal and send the signed application to Gail Desrochers in the South Academic Building, room 115.  The Minigrant Review Committee will review signed proposals in late-May/early-June.  Applicants will discuss their proposal with the Minigrant Review Committee in mid-June, and award announcements will be made by the end of June.

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
    $1,500
  • 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)
    $35/hour

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 dean, or email Paulo Barrio in the Office of Professional Development (barriop@middlsesex.mass.edu), or Gail Desrochers, South Academic Building Secretary (desrochersg@middlsesex.mass.edu).

Last Modified: 4/29/16