Global Citizenship

Global Citizenship Global Grants


Call for Proposals - Global Grants for Spring 2022

The Global Citizenship Committee is pleased to make a call for Global Grant proposals to support projects and events that will take place during fall semester 2022. Funding is available to support a variety of selected activities (speakers, field trips, 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 2020-2022 theme: Human Rights . Applications for Fall 2022 will be accepted beginning: Monday March 14, 2022. Applications are due by noon on Thursday, May 12, 2022 by 12 NOON.
Applications should be submitted via the online form linked here: Global Grant Application. Applicants will be invited to present their proposal to the Global Citizenship Committee at the meeting on Thursday, May 19, 2022. The Global Citizenship Committee will review the proposals and notify recipients prior to the end of spring semester. Please direct any questions to To view pictures and recaps of previous global grant projects and events, please visit the Global Grants Recaps Page.

Further Information

In preparing proposals, please 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.


  • Grants are available for up to $3000.00 per proposed project/event.
  • Proposals can be individual or group-directed, focused on a single area of interest or of a more interdisciplinary design. While proposals that relate to the annual theme, Human Rights, are especially encouraged, any proposals related to ideas and practices of Global Citizenship are welcome.
  • For this round of funding, events and projects must take place during the Fall 2022 semester.


  • Due to the fact that global 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 Citizenship Committee for review, approval, and submission to senior staff.
  • 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.
  • Funds cannot be paid to any SMC faculty, staff or student for any involvement, planning, and/or assistance with the project.
  • Funds cannot be used for the purchase of food or catering.
  • Funds cannot be used for the purchase of gift cards 
  • Funds cannot be used for attendance at conferences

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 SMC Board of Trustees.  
  • 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 Consultant Agreement, in addition to W-9 form and CA 590 form and the Vendor Data Record if required.
  • All speakers, performers, presenters, or contractors will be required to submit any document(s) required by Internal Revenue Service regulations as a condition of payment. Required documentation may include a U.S. Government issued Employer Identification Number (EIN), Social Security Number (SSN), Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), or a foreign tax identification number (foreign TIN). 

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 SMC Purchasing Dept
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
Purchasing of supplies and materials using grant funds SMC Purchasing Dept


* 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.


  • If your event involves any travel anywhere off campus such as a local field trip, you must have all participants complete the required forms.  Please contact Risk Management for these forms.

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.