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Micro Grants

Learning Commons Micro-Grants are small, one-time grants available to current Coe students, faculty, and staff members to support projects that will enhance teaching and learning at Coe.


To support innovative approaches to academic, active and experiential learning on and around campus and enable Coe students, faculty and staff to create opportunities that do not currently exist at Coe. For example, grants may fund bringing visitors to campus for interactive programs like workshops or consultations; food for events like panels or discussions; supplies for out-of-class learning activities like a book group.

Funding amounts:

Typically, grants of $50 to $200 will be awarded, although proposals of up to $500 will be considered. Co-sponsorship with other departments and organizations is encouraged. 

Review and selection process:

Proposals for funding up to $100 will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Learning Commons Program Coordinators. Proposals for funding over $100 will be reviewed by a committee of Learning Commons staff and students. Proposals should be submitted at least three weeks prior to when the funds are needed. 

Criteria used for consideration of support (in non-priority order):

  • Potential to contribute to active learning and/or teaching experiences at Coe
  • Potential to create an experience that doesn’t already exist at Coe
  • Number of students, faculty or staff members involved in or benefiting from the activity, either directly or indirectly
  • Lasting impact on teaching and learning at Coe
  • Clarity of proposal
  • Previous micro-grant support may be taken into consideration with priority given to those who have not received a grant earlier in the round

​ Conditions for funding: ​

  • Grant recipients must present a brief written report when the grant activity is completed describing the project and level to which the anticipated outcome of the project was met.
  • Grant recipients may be asked to make a brief presentation at a Learning Commons reception.
  • The College retains the right to use the proposal and/or report as examples for others or for publicity for the College.
  • All expenses must be documented, with receipts turned into the Learning Commons by the end of the specified activity period.
  • Any materials purchased with grant funds will remain the property of Coe College.