Faculty & Staff

Call for Proposals

Faculty and Staff are invited to apply for funding of amounts ranging from $50 to $1500 to support new, expanded, or enhanced initiatives for student Experiential Learning (EL) activities. Such activities could include the sponsoring of programs or off-campus activities, attending workshops, retreats, and other experiences related to "learning by doing."

Proposals impacting greater numbers of students and those which take students off-campus will be viewed more favorably.


Applications will be accepted three times over the 2014-15 academic year, or until all funds have been awarded, whichever comes first.  Applications and all supporting documentation should be emailed to APEX by 5:00 p.m. on:

  • Friday, September 19
  • Monday, December 1
  • Friday, February 6

When applying for funding, please consider the following:

  • Funds are generally not awarded to support conference attendance to present research
  • Funds must be used, reimbursed, and reported by June 1, 2015.
  • A brief report detailing the impact of the experience on the students is required. Photos documenting the experience are appreciated.

Project Proposals

Please see the faculty & staff application (.pdf) for exact proposal requirements. If you have trouble with the file, please make sure you have the latest version of Adobe on your machine.  Proposals should:

  • Outline the parameters of the EL activity(ies)
  • Describe the intended outcome of the EL activity(ies)
  • Describe how the EL activity(ies) enhances student learning
  • Project how many students will be impacted

Examples of Past Mini Grant Projects

Mini Grant projects can occur within an almost infinite number of forms. To give an idea how Mini Grants can be crafted, consider these examples from past awards:

  • Two athletic coaches took seven student-athletes on a weekend service learning experience with the Appalachia Service Project in Chavies, KY. They used the experience to reflect specifically on how the skills they master being a collegiate athlete can transfer into other areas of life.
  • Two History professors collaborated with three students to hold a series of workshops to explore the vocational interests of historians, especially in the field of public history. The series showcased the work of professional public historians, alumni working in public history, and students who had done internships in public history. In total, the workshops involved 133 people, including faculty, students, alums, and emeriti faculty.

Selection and Notification

All applications will be reviewed by the Mini Grants committee. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status within two weeks of the application deadline. Only complete applications will be considered.

Apply Now (.pdf) If you have trouble with the file, please make sure you have the latest version of Adobe on your machine.