Faculty & Staff

Call for Proposals

Faculty and staff are invited to apply for funding of amounts ranging from $50 to $1500 to support new, expanded, or enhanced initiatives for student Experiential Learning (EL) or Entrepreneurial activities. Proposals that are hands-on, take students off-campus, incorporate a number of EL best practices, and impact greater numbers of students will be given preference.

Applications will be accepted four times over the 2018-2019 academic year. Each application pool will have approximately $3,000 available to award.

Applications and all supporting documentation should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 12 (faculty only)

Open to faculty, staff, and students:

  • Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Friday, February 8, 2019

When applying, please consider:

Mini Grant funds:

  • Are generally not awarded to support student conference attendance to present research (for details on Mini Grant conference support, please see student funding FAQ's).
  • Do not reimburse expenses for activities completed before grant awards are announced (this is for liability purposes).
  • Generally do not cover the cost of food and beverages unless it is an integral part of the experience. For example, the Mini Grants committee could consider funding or partially funding sharing a meal at a Chinese restaurant when exploring elements of Chinese culture, sampling food related to a Farm to Table class, or hosting an event to celebrate with community partners, to name a few.
  • Must be used and reported for reimbursement within two weeks of the final activity.

APEX recommends coordinating transportation arrangements requiring use of College-owned or rental vehicles through Transportation Team Leader, Linda Hans, whenever possible.

A report (approx. 500 words) detailing the impact of the experience on the students is required.

Photos documenting the experience are expected.

Project Proposals Should:

  • Include accurate, verifiable budget information.
  • Outline the parameters of the activity and describe how it incorporates principles of best practice from experiential learning. The Eight Principles of Good Practice for All Experiential Learning Activities (.pdf), is a helpful resource.
  • Describe the intended outcome of the activity and how it enhances student learning.
  • Specify reflective activities and prompts related to the experience.
  • Estimate how many students, faculty, staff, and other partners will be impacted.

Examples of Past Mini Grant Projects

Mini Grant projects can occur within an almost infinite number of forms. To give an idea how Mini Grants can be crafted, consider these examples from past awards:

  • A Religious Studies faculty member took 12 students from a class focused on approaches to understanding the cultural meanings of arts related to the production of books to a Korean paper-making workshop. The purpose was to both increase student awareness of the instructional/academic and professional value of institutions dedicated to traditional arts, and to provide a first-hand experience of one of the subjects of their anthropological and historical study in the classroom.
  • A Biology faculty member facilitated Microbiology students to conduct an outreach program aimed at developing curriculum and experiments for underprivileged high school teachers and students. In all, 24 Wooster students participated, and impacted 3 High School teachers and 35 high school students.
  • A group of athletics coaches took 15 student-athletes from various athletic teams on a weekend cultural immersion and service learning experience with the Appalachia Service Project in West Virginia. The purpose was to both gain an understanding that problem solving, teamwork, communication are universal across teams and cultural groups, and to inspire of culture from the athletes to work with others from other sports teams and with whom they are not in direct competition.  Reflection was facilitated by doing pre- and post-experience reflective activities, convening evening programming to discuss cultural, geographic and economic issues, and having the students work in teams to produce a two-minute video recap.
  • A staff member from the Office of International Student Affairs developed a year-long program to intentionally pair domestic and international students and have them participate in various activities both on- and off-campus.  Domestic students had to learn how to become cultural liaisons while helping international students learn to navigate norms in the United States.   International students were expected to gain enhanced communication skills and intercultural knowledge, thereby enhancing their overall learning experience at the College.

Selection and Notification

All applications will be reviewed by the Mini Grants committee. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status within two weeks of the application deadline. Only complete applications will be considered. In preparation for completing the application you may preview the application (.pdf) questions.

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