Center for Teaching and Learning

Innovation and Learning Grant

The purpose of the EMCC Learning Grants is to support projects that are designed to grow the learning college and promote student success. Grants are available to all employees and can be used to support innovations and great ideas within or beyond the classroom. These projects are supported on a one-time basis in the form of stipends or reassigned time for employees (i.e. faculty and staff). Proposals must clearly address these learning college questions:

“How does this affect student learning?”
“How will we know?”

When applying for an EMCC Learning Grant, applicants are strongly encouraged to collaborate within and across divisions and areas of the college, to thoroughly impact student learning.

What can be funded by EMCC Innovation and Learning Grants?
  • Innovative use of technology to improve student learning.
  • Innovations across the campus that can enhance student knowledge (e.g., the reef tank in Montezuma Hall).
  • Student success initiatives, such as innovative pilot projects that change current college practices.
  • Capital projects.
  • Events.
  • Purchase of equipment and software. (If, at the conclusion of the project, there is a request to renew the software license, this request must be submitted to BDST.)
What cannot be funded by EMCC Innovation and Learning Grants?
  • Professional growth.
  • Stipends for professional growth.
  • Purchase of items that can be made available through other college processes.
  • Routine responsibilities of faculty and staff.
  • Employee lines.
  • Curriculum Development.
Who can apply for an Innovation and Learning Grant?
  • All EMCC employees are eligible to participate, but any employee can only be on one proposal per funding cycle.
  • Temporary staff, adjunct faculty, one-semester-only faculty, and one-year-only faculty must be paired with a full-time board approved employee.
  • Past EMCC Innovation and Learning Grant recipients who have yet to submit a final report will not be considered.
What are the general funding guidelines for the Innovation and Learning Grant?
  • Funding requests can range from $500-$10,000 ($30,000 total is allocated to the grant each year).
  • Funding will not cross fiscal years (grant allocations do not roll over).
  • If a continuation of funding is required for a second year, then a new proposal must be submitted for consideration.
  • After two full years of funding, the individual/s should submit a Budget Development (BDST) proposal to pursue the institutionalization of the project. The BDST submission must follow the college BDST timeline and process.
  • Participation in the EMCC Innovation and Learning Grants process does not guarantee a project’s funding through the college BDST process.
  • If the amount of approved grants exceeds the available funds, grant funding may be ranked by score, or funding allotted to a grant may be less than the amount requested.
What is the Timeline?
  1. January- Call for applications goes out the third week of January.

  2. March- Proposal is submitted to CTL director no later than the Friday of the first week of March.

  3. April- Proposal are evaluated by CTL advisory committee and determination of funding is sent to applicants by the Friday of the first week of April.

  4. April- Proposals that were not funded may be resubmitted once for reconsideration. Resubmissions are due by Friday of the third week of April.

  5. May- Resubmitted proposals are re-evaluated by the CTL advisory committee and determination of funding is sent to applicants in first week of May.  If a proposal is not approved for funding a second time, it cannot be resubmitted again.

  6. July- Funding cycle for project begins, project must be complete by May of the following year.

  7. May of following year- outcomes of project are shared with EMCC stakeholders (e.g., Five minutes of Fame and/or Leadership Council).

What is the format of the EMCC Innovation and Learning Grants Proposal?

An EMCC Innovation and Learning Grants Proposal consists of five sections, each with its own specified content that must be addressed:

1. Project Title and Abstract (150 words maximum)

Provides a clear and concise description of the project that includes the following elements:

  • A clear title
  • A clear description of the project
  • A clear description of who will be involved and how
  • Clearly and briefly describes how the project serves the college mission and student success.
  • Clearly describes the overall timeframe of the project.

2. Project Description (800 words maximum)

Provides a clear, detailed description of the project.  Description should clearly answer the following questions:

  • How does this proposal positively impact student learning?
  • How will the impact on student learning be measured?
  • What is the purpose of this project?

3. Overall Value of the Project (300 words Maximum)

Clearly, concisely, and specifically explains how the proposal is aligned with three components of EMCC’s mission, strategic goals, and/or student success initiatives: (See

4. Implementation Plan (500 words maximum)

Clearly and concisely describe the timeline with relevant activities and personnel involved in the proposed project.  A complete implementation plan should include the following:

  • A clear description of relevant activities.
  • Personnel responsible for each activity.
  • Materials and Equipment being requested from the grant to support the activities.
  • Dates at which activities will start and end.
  • Evidence that activities can be accomplished within their timeline.
  • Deliverables to be expected for each activity.

5. Budget (500 words maximum)

Clearly outline and justify the requested budget. The proposal must include a budget that documents and justifies the amount requested. The budget request should be realistic for the project and reflect the goals of the project. If personnel costs are included a breakdown of exactly how the compensated time will be used to support the project must be given.  All requested expenses must follow the practices and procedures of MCCCD and EMCC (e.g., costs are figured as per contract or standard college practice) A complete budget has the following elements

  • The itemized cost of each activity (including materials and equipment).
  • Itemized cost of personnel (including activity, time to complete activity, and per hour cost).
  • A summary of the total amount requested.
Steps to complete the process
  1. Read Innovation and Learning  Grant information. Read this webpage or the Innovation and Learning Grant document to determine whether your proposal is appropriate for an Innovation and Learning Grant.
  2. Read through the Innovation and Learning Grant Rubric; get clarification of criteria rubric from CTL director, if needed.
  3. Get appropriate supervisors' approval:  Write the proposal and discuss with all appropriate direct supervisors (e.g., Division Chairs and Division Chairs).  Approval must also include at least one or more  dean or vice president, as appropriate.  Appropriate supervisors will email their approval to the CTL Faculty Director (or sign the paper application) and copy the proposal applicants.
  4. Submit the proposal.  After appropriate supervisors approves the learning community proposal, submit the written proposal to CTL Director.
  5. Get CTL Advisory Committee approval.  The CTL Advisory Committee will then review the application.  If approved, the CTL will email the applicants, appropriate supervisors and deans.  If the proposal is not approved, it can be resubmitted within two weeks.
Where can I get copies of this information, the application form, grant criteria, and rubric?

Copies of this information can be found here: Innovation and Learning Grant Instructions, Form and Rubric