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Global Citizenship Mini Grants


Call for Proposals

The Global Council is pleased to make a call for Mini-Grant proposals to support projects and events that will take place during the 2015-16 academic year. Funding is available to support a variety of selected activities (speakers, field trips, professional development, campus events, and more) that center on any topic concerning the idea or practice of global citizenship. This includes, but is not limited to, our annual theme of Gender Equity: Is Equity Enough?
 

The application period for the 2015-16 Mini-Grants has closed.


Please direct any questions to globalcitizenship@smc.edu 

 
To view pictures and recaps of last year's mini-grant projects and events, please visit the Mini-Grant Recaps Page
 
In preparing your proposals, you may wish to consider SMC's Vision, Mission, and Goals, as well as the college's official definition of global citizenship:
 
To be a global citizen, one is knowledgeable of peoples, customs and cultures in regions of the world beyond one's own; understands the interdependence that holds both promise and peril for the future of the global community; and is committed to combining one’s learning with a dedication to foster a livable, sustainable world.
 
Over the last several years, our initiative often has revolved around the following areas of interest and concern:
  • Cross-cultural understanding: awareness of the diversity of cultures, ideas, and practices found among the world’s peoples, and of the historical, geographical, and philosophical contexts through which such cross-cultural understanding is developed;
  • Interconnectedness of global systems: investigating the ways in which cultural, economic, ecological, political, and social systems interact, contributing to global trends while impacting lives at the local scale;
  • Ecological literacy: promoting understanding of the “footprint” we are leaving on our global environments, and of the ideas and practices of sustainable living;
  • International students: developing ways to better support and build community within our international student populations, and build enlightening bridges between our international and domestic students;
  • Global citizenship in thought and action: philosophical examination of the idea of global citizenship, and applied practice of those ideas and values through community service, political action, and social entrepreneurship.
  • As in the past, we favor proposals that are student centered, such as developing a research project, event, or publication in which students are featured contributors. Our aim is to impact a large and diverse population of our students rather than a few who are part of a select program. Building capacity means creating scalable programs, developing expertise among faculty in the classroom and those leading our programs, and building the campus “know how” to accomplish our goals.
  • The Global Council will review the proposals and forward its recommendations to Jeff Shimizu, Interim President/Superintendent for final selection.


Mini-Grants Availability

  • This year there are four total grants available, as outlined below:
  • 3 Grants with a maximum award amount of $3,000.00, can be individual or interdisciplinary, may or may not be related to this year’s annual theme: Gender Equity: Is Equity Enough?, must be related to Global Citizenship
  • 1 grant with a maximum award amount of $10,000.00, must be interdisciplinary and must be related to this year’s annual theme: Gender Equity: Is Equity Enough?
  • The Global Council will review the proposals and forward its recommendations to the Jeff Shimizu, Interim President/Superintendent for final selection.
 

Restrictions

  • Due to the fact that mini-grants are awarded with district funds, and as such, require prior approval by various departments and senior staff, all projects must adhere to their set deadlines and project description.  Any changes must be submitted to the Global Council for review, approval, and submission to senior staff.
  • Because of fiscal year deadlines, no events can take place after Friday, April 30, 2016.
  • Absolutely NO agreements or contracts (implied, verbal, or in writing) can be made with vendors, contractors, or any person or organization without prior approval by the Board of Trustees (where necessary), Risk Management (where necessary), Fiscal Services, and Purchasing
  • No purchases can be made by any SMC faculty or staff for the event.  Any purchases or agreements made without prior approval by the proper contacts is at the sole expense of the purchaser.
  • No funds can be paid to any SMC faculty or staff for any involvement, planning, and/or assistance with the project.
 

Speakers, Performers, Contractors

  • If your event involves any speakers or performers coming to campus, or work being performed by any contractor/vendor (an organization or individual), they must receive prior approval by the Board of Trustees.  You will receive information about submitting your speaker/performer information for the Board of Trustees agenda.  Board of Trustees meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month.  You should plan to have your speaker information ready for the BOT agenda at least two weeks prior to the meeting, and should be put on the agenda 2 months prior to your event (if you event is December 5, you should plan to have Board of Trustees approval during the September meeting).
  • No marketing or advertising of the event can take place prior to the Board’s approval. 
  • All guest speakers/performers must complete a “Scope of Work” outlining their appearance and cost, an Independent Contractor Agreement, in addition to the Vendor Data Record, and W-9.
 

Event Planning and Logistics

  • The staff of the International Education Center will assist with paperwork and approvals related to the Board of Trustees, and fiscal and purchasing signatures and payments.
  • Please see the table below for who is responsible for which areas of the event logistics:

​Task ​Responsibility
Determining event details and needs
​Project Coordinator
​Booking rooms, requesting set-up needs
​Project Coordinator
Requesting quotes, costs, and scope of work*
​Project Coordinator
Preparing agenda item for Board of Trustees approval
​IEC with Project Coordinator
​Preparing paperwork for fiscal/purchasing approvals and purchase order issuance IEC with Project Coordinator​
​Event day logistics, hosting, coordination ​Project Coordinator
​Invoicing for payment of services/supplies ​Vendor/Contractor
 

*Please note that pricing quotes should explicitly be quotes ONLY and not any kind of agreement (implied, verbal, or written) of payment for services rendered.  Any and all expenditures must be approved by fiscal services and purchasing prior to any agreement, contract, or purchase being made.

Travel/Conferences

  • If your event involves any travel anywhere off campus within the U.S., you must have all participants complete the required forms.  Please contact Risk Management for these forms.
  • If you have applied for a mini-grant to attend a professional development conference, you will need to complete a Conference Attendance Form and secure the necessary signatures from your department.  Please note that since this is district funding, funding is not available for student travel unless accompanied by a faculty member.
 

Application

  • The application period for the 2015-16 Mini-Grants has closed.
 

Post Event

  • Following your event, please plan to send 2-3 photos and a short paragraph event summary to post on the Global Citizenship website to share with the campus community.