Innovation Grants

TMCC Foundation faculty and staff Innovation Grants are made possible through the generosity of employee donors to the TMCC payroll deduction contribution fund and the parking meters on the Dandini Campus. For more information, contact us.

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Procedures and Deadlines

Faculty and staff Innovation Grant request applications must be typed and complete. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered or accepted. Grant applicants should retain a copy of their faculty and staff Innovation Grant request for their records.

Awards are considered in December, and applicants are notified in early January of the status of their application.

  1. Complete the Faculty and Staff Innovation Grant Request application and submit it to your Director or Dean for authorization by deadline.
    2019-20 Deadline: Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 5 p.m.
  2. Deans submit approved applications to the Vice President's office for authorization by deadline.
    2019-20 Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019, at 5 p.m.
  3. Vice President submits approved applications to the TMCC Foundation by deadline.
    2019-20 Deadline: Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 5 p.m.
  4. Notification of 2019-20 awards will be made by Friday, January 3, 2020.

Requests for tangible items must be accompanied by a quote.


Applications may be submitted by TMCC individuals and teams of faculty, classified employees, and administrators.

Preferred Projects

Preference will be given to projects that encourage innovation and benefit large numbers of students. Priority will be given to learning communities/teams of faculty and teams of staff that work together to develop an innovative idea/solution. Measurable outcomes and likelihood of success are important factors to consider when preparing an application. Examples of projects include: focus on innovation in completion rates and advising.

Funding Parameters

Generally, grant awards range from $300 for individuals to $7,500 for teams. Applications requesting grant amounts in excess of $7,500 must be accompanied by proof of matching funds. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Reviewing Committee made up of TMCC Foundation Board Members and a designee made by the Faculty Senate and Classified Council.

Reporting/Fund Distribution

All 2020 funding must be spent by December 1, 2020, and final performance report must be submitted to the Foundation by January 15, 2021. Any funds not disbursed by the deadline will be returned to the Faculty and Staff Grant Fund. If grant awardees fail to submit a report, they will not be eligible for future funding.

Areas Not Funded

Board policy prohibits funding for faculty compensation, political/lobbying activities, travel and religious-related activities.