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Innovation Grants

Call for proposals for projects to be implemented and completed

September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012

Information for Applicants

What type of projects or activities can be funded?

Grants are offered this year by President Andrew J. Matonak and the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation to fund innovative projects that explore teaching and learning processes and assessment thereof. The president seeks novel approaches and creative activities at Hudson Valley Community College to enrich the college's teaching and learning environment and/or the assessment of student outcomes.

The president is seeking to fund new initiatives involving activities that can be completed within the grant year. The total request amount may not exceed $3,500.

Under normal circumstances, continued funding will not be available for the same project area more than two times. Projects that are to be continued should be integrated into the operating budget.

Who may apply?

All Hudson Valley Community College faculty and staff whom the college now employs and who continue to be employed during the current academic year and grant year are eligible to apply.

What is the application deadline?

An announcement will be made in the Campus Chronicle by May 13, 2011.

  • For funding in the grant program, September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012, completed applications should reach the Office of the President in the Guenther Enrollment Services Center no later than close of business on Friday, July 1, 2011. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

When will recipients be notified and when will funds be available?

  • For funding of the grant program, September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012, grant recipients will be announced by July 15, 2011 and funding will be available September 1, 2011.

Generally, funds will be disbursed as needed for the project, according to the timeframe proposed in the application. Ten percent of the funds will be held in reserve until a grant outcomes report is filed with the Office of the President.

When should the project take place?

Activities may take place any time during the period September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012. All expenditures must be made and any materials ordered must be received by the ending date of the funding cycle. After that date, unused grant monies will be retained for use in next year's grant cycle.

How much can I apply for?

The maximum that will be awarded is $3,500. Applicants are urged to apply for no more than they actually need and to carefully work out a realistic budget. Projects that require the services of the Graphics and/or Printing departments should obtain projected costs and include them in the budget. For the hourly rate for curriculum development, contact the Office of Human Resources so that this information can also be included in the overall budget.

How will the recipients be selected?

President Andrew J. Matonak will ask his senior staff to evaluate all applications received by the deadline date before he issues a decision. In the case of funds being utilized from the President's Innovation Fund, housed in the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation, the president will make a funding recommendation to the Foundation. If the president has specific questions, the applicant will be contacted in writing. The president and Foundation reserve the right to decline any grant application, to decide who will receive grants, and to require amendment or compliance restrictions as deemed necessary.

What should the application contain?

To be considered, the application must contain:

All materials should be typed.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all application requirements and deadlines are met. Incomplete applications and applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.

What follow-up is required?

Grant recipients will be required to complete the Grant Outcomes report at the completion of the project, and no later than September 30, 2012. Recipients also may be invited to make a presentation about the results of their grant project to the Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees and/or the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Board of Directors, depending on the source of funds. The college or the Foundation may wish to publicize grant activities and results.

All proposals should be linked to the Hudson Valley Community College Mission Statement and Goals and Objectives and Strategic Priorities.