Faculty Grants & Funding Opportunities

Creativity & Innovation Faculty and Staff Funding Opportunities

After a successful inaugural year of the Changemaker Faculty grants, we have iterated our processes and goals for the academic year 2021/2022 to align more closely with donor intent and desired outcomes. The revised program includes funding opportunities for sustained interdisciplinary collaborations that will have a transformative impact at CC.  

  • Tenure-track faculty, regular adjunct faculty, lecturers, year-long (or longer) visitors, and staff members are eligible to apply. 
  • All submissions must be approved by the applicants’ program heads/department chairs before submission.

Creativity & Innovation Faculty & Staff Funding Goals Include: 

  • Developing partnerships across divisions and disciplines that test and implement transformative practices in teaching, scholarship, outreach, and programming. 
  • Integrating interdisciplinary thinking into classes and campus culture. 
  • Moving theory into practice to engage faculty, staff, and/or students in applied problem-solving.
  • Exploring projects and activities that stimulate creativity and require risk-taking.
  • Developing and implementing anti-racist pedagogy and practices. 

Questions? Contact Jessica Hunter, Associate Director of Creativity & Innovation: jhunter@coloradocollege.edu or 719-389-7083 

Creativity & Innovation Offers Two Types of Funding for Faculty and Staff:
 (Click on the links above to access the grant applications.)
Creative Exploration Grants: 

Support smaller projects that allow faculty and staff members to explore a topic, process, or collaboration.

  • Individuals or teams may apply for up to $2,000 to support a project’s direct costs. 
  • Grants are intended to support exploratory projects that do not presently have funding sources. 
  • Projects that stimulate creativity and model productive risk-taking are encouraged. 
  • Applications will be accepted in blocks 3-8 until we’ve expended the allocated budget for the current fiscal year. 
  • Awardees will receive an initial payment of 2/3rd of the total amount and the final 1/3rd upon submitting a final report. 
Changemaker Collaboration Grants: 

Support teams of up to six to meet, dream, and plan for larger-scale projects that have the potential for transformative effects for faculty, staff, and students at Colorado College. Teams may comprise all faculty, all staff, or a mix of both. 

  • Applicant teams must comprise at least two faculty and/or staff members representing different departments/programs. Teams of three or more members may include more than one representative from a single department or program.  
  • Projects must engage students, faculty, and/or staff in applied problem-solving either within or outside of a class context.  
  • Applicants should demonstrate how their projects will add value and positive impact on the campus community and beyond their application. 
  • This fund does not support pure research; its intent is to resource projects investigating problems and testing solutions.  
  • Projects should demonstrate the possibility to have a significant impact on Colorado College faculty, staff, and/or students. 
  • All projects should support the College’s anti-racist initiative. 
Application deadlines for Creative Exploration and Changemaker Faculty & Staff Collaboration Grants:
Application Deadline Awards Announced Earliest Project Start Date
Block 3, October 25, 2021  November 5, 2021 November 29, 2021
Block 4, November 29, 2021 December 10, 2021 January 3, 2022
Block 5, January 24, 2022 February 4, 2022 February 21, 2022
Block 6, February 21, 2022 March 4, 2022 March 28, 2022
Block 7, March 28, 2022 April 8, 2022 April 25, 2022
Block 8, April 25, 2022 May 6, 2022 May 23, 2022
Email completed applications to Jessica Hunter, Associate Director of Creativity & Innovation: 
Creativity & Innovation will hold information sessions about the Faculty & Staff Grant program on these dates.
Block Date  Time
Block 2 Wednesday, September 29, 2021 4-5 p.m.
Block 3 Wednesday, November 4, 2021 4-5 p.m.
Block J Wednesday, January 12, 2022 4-5 p.m.
Block 6 Wednesday, March 9, 2022 4-5 p.m.
 Join via Zoom: https://coloradocollege.zoom.us/my/jessicahunterlarsen

Changemaker Faculty & Staff Collaboration Grants Process 

Changemaker Faculty & Staff Collaboration Grants comprise two stages. Teams must complete a Visioning Grant before applying for an Implementation Grant. 

Stage 1: Changemaker Visioning Grants: 

Support for teams to meet, dream, and plan for ambitious projects. The goal for the Visioning Grant stage is to allow teams of up to six faculty and/or staff members to explore ideas with flexibility and curiosity. While the team may go into this stage with specific ideas or questions, the Visioning Grant structure supports and accommodates unexpected outcomes. 

  • C & I will provide an award of $1,500 to each team member for meetings and project planning activities. Awards will be disbursed after the team submits a final report at the conclusion of the visioning period. 
  • Visioning periods should comprise no less than three months and should conclude within nine months after the award date. 
  • Proposals may include additional budget amounts for associated costs such as materials or honoraria for partners outside of CC.
  • After completing a Visioning Grant, a team may apply for an Implementation Grant to develop their projects further.  
Stage 2: Changemaker Implementation Grants

Offer support of up $25,000 for teams to implement, test, and iterate their ideas. 

  • Implementation Grants are eligible to begin in the following academic year: i.e., if a Visioning Grant concludes any time in Academic Year 2022, an awarded Implementation Grant could begin on or after July 1, 2022.) 
  • Expenses may include awards for team members and/or partners outside of CC, materials, travel, and student stipends. (Major equipment and technology purchases will be considered on a case-by-case basis and, when awarded, will require compliance with campus and departmental policies.)  
  • Projects should conclude within two academic years of the grant award.
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