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Title III Resources


Applying for Mini-Grant/Proposal - Budget Period 2018-19

In order to fulfill our obligation to the Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant, all awarded proposals must address specific grant objectives.


There will be two rounds of funding mini-grants. Awards will be decided by the Title III Steering Committee.

Who May Apply

Any MCLA full-time faculty or staff member may apply.

Submission Deadline and Format

For fall 2018 funding, proposals must be submitted by May 1, 2018.  For spring and summer 2019 funding, proposals must be submitted by November 1, 2018.

Proposals must address the specific criteria outlined in the Title III Proposal & Activity Request for Funding form.  Please email completed funding requests to:


Individual awards will typically range from $500 to $1,500 per grant. An itemized budget must be included with the proposal. Funded expenditures must be completed by September 30, 2019. Funded activities will be those that supplement existing activities that would not be typically funded from a department’s operating budget or other college resource, including any federal or state grants.

Project Evaluation

The Title III Steering Committee chaired by the Title III Co-Activity Directors, Adrienne Wootters and Catherine McKeen will evaluate proposals. Fall 2018 awards will be announced on or before June 1, 2018, and spring/summer 2019 awards will be announced on or before December 1, 2018. Preference will be given to those activities that will have a lasting impact on students, faculty, and staff.

Evaluation Criteria

Projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria:


  • How well does the proposed project/activity address the Title III grant objectives (listed in the Title III Project Overview)?
  • Are the activities designed primarily for faculty/staff development or, for example, for developing curriculum that incorporates research and/or project-based learning to engage and retain students? 
  • Does the project/activity supplement an existing program? Will the project outcomes lead to long-term success in improving academic program quality and retaining students? Proposals should not focus on areas such as upgrading equipment or activities that do not show a clear connection to further developing “best practices” in improving student retention.

Technical Quality of Proposal

  • Are solid methods proposed for evaluating and reporting the outcomes of the project/activity?

Budget Rationale

  • Are the activities and costs being proposed allowable (per Title III federal legislation)? Are proposed costs necessary, reasonable, and appropriate for the performance of the grant?

Final Report

  • The MCLA Title III Office requests that mini-grant recipients complete a final report detailing the activities and an assessment of their project’s efficacy in meeting their stated outcomes. Please email final report to by September 30, 2019.