Mini Grants

The Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning offers mini-grants to faculty and staff to infuse high-impact, active-learning practices into their courses, programs, or co-curricular activities and for travel to conferences, workshops or seminars relating to high impact practices and active learning. Mini-grants are competitive, based on applications and available funding. The maximum award is $2,500. Recipients are required to write a culminating report and share with the campus community.The deadline for submission of proposals is September 28, 2015. The notification of awards with be on October 12, 2015.

Objectives of Eligible Projects

Exemplary projects promote the goals and objectives of Kentucky Wesleyan College and the Title III Strengthening Institutions grant.

Priorities for 2015-2016

Projects (including travel) must address at least one of the below:

High Impact Practices (service-learning undergraduate research, scholarly or creative activity; field experiences, internships, co-ops)

Active Learning (classroom assessment, group discussions, case studies, peer review, role playing, interactive lecture, etc.) See the University of Michigan’s Active Learning website for more information.

Eligible Projects

Projects can be of the following types. You are not limited to those listed – consult with Christine Salmon if your project doesn’t quite fit.

Curriculum-related projects (course, major, minor, etc.)

  • Course redesign
  • Design and implementation of specific strategies
  • Implementation of techonology
  • Travel by students

Co-curricular projects

Travel by faculty or staff to conferences, workshops, or seminars

Funding Levels and Restrictions

Funding for a single project may range from $100 – $2,500, depending on the type and complexity of the project. Total available funds for 2015-2016 are:

  • Travel – $3,000
  • Class or co-curricular projects – $15,000

Restrictions:

  • Technology and equipment are funded only when necessary to fulfill project objectives. Priority may be given to technology and equipment that can serve multiple courses or departments.
  • Mini-grants can be considered seed money for new projects, but not continuation of         previously funded projects (e.g. funded from other mini-grant sources).
  • CETL mini-grant funds may be requested in conjunction with those offered by the Dean of Academic Affairs. Such requests must be disclosed.
  • Food and beverages are not allowable except when part of travel.

Administration

A) Application Process

Review the guidelines
Consult with Christine Salmon as needed
Submit your application online through the mini-grant application link

B) Review Process

Selection committee reviews all applications to ensure adherence to the guidelines and for the appropriate fit with college and grant goals.

C) Award Process

The committee will recommend projects for funding and submit the recommendations to the director of CETL for final approval.
Following selection of awards, recipients will be notified by CETL, and will be assisted with setting up the project implementation plan, including timeline, budget, and dissemination activities.

Timeline

October 9, 2015 DEADLINE for submission of proposals
October 16, 2015 Notification of awards
February 15, 2016 Mid-point progress report due
May 5, 2016 Dissemination at CETL Spring Conference
Final report due within 2 weeks of final project activity

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