These mini-grants were one of the initiatives first developed as part of the NSF grant that sparked the partnership between Ithaca College and Ecovillage at Ithaca. The aim of the grants is to support IC faculty as well as Ecovillage educators in developing sustainability-related curricula during the summer that could be infused into IC’s fall and winter courses or education experiences. Since the Partnership for Sustainability Education has merged into the Committed to Change initiative, mini-grants will be open to additional community partners who wish to apply.
The coordinating team annually offers a certain number of Phase I Curriculum Development Grants of $1,000 each for sustainability curriculum creation initiatives. The number of mini-grants offered is contingent upon available funding. We especially seek curricular proposals from academic areas that have been less represented in previous grants (fine arts, social sciences, humanities). The mini-grants have funded proposals to teach new courses, develop new components of existing courses, and revise existing courses to deal with issues relating to sustainability. Online course or module development proposals are encouraged. We also encourage proposals that involve community partners in developing projects that will benefit their organization and that can meaningfully engage students.
Past recipients of sustainability mini-grants are also eligible to apply for Phase II Case Study Grants of $400 each, to be awarded to faculty or staff upon successful submission of a detailed description which specifies how they integrated sustainability into the course or other educational activity funded by the initial mini-grant. See the link above for guidelines on how to apply, and a template for development of the write-up.
Call for 2013 Proposals! Forms & Guidelines now Available.
Submission deadline for 2013 is Monday, April 1. Decisions of the coordinating team are final.