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Applying for Faculty Senate Mini-Grants

Mini-grant funds may be used to support an existing engagement project or for new engagement initiatives.


  1. All full-time JMU instructional faculty members are eligible to apply for a Faculty Senate Mini-Grant. The term “instructional faculty” is defined in the Faculty Handbook as individuals who devote at least 50 percent of their appointment to teaching and research functions of the university. Academic unit heads are defined as instructional faculty members.
  2. Part-time and adjunct JMU faculty who have primary responsibility for the teaching of for-credit courses are eligible to apply for a Faculty Senate Mini-Grant in the fall, provided that the AUH of their academic unit indicates that the PT or adjunct faculty will likely be employed by that academic unit in the coming spring. It is the applying faculty member’s responsibility to secure this indication. If an adjunct’s employment is not renewed in the spring, the funds will be given to the next most deserving mini-grant proposal, as determined by the Nominations & Elections Committee.
  3. Those not eligible to apply for a Faculty Senate Mini-Grant include classified staff members, administrative and professional (A&P) faculty, emeritus faculty, visiting faculty, scholars in residence, and researchers, as those terms are defined in the Faculty Handbook or university policies.
  4. Priority will be given to applicants who have not received mini-grant funds in the previous two years, but funding decisions will ultimately be based on proposal merit as defined by the judgment criteria (high-quality engagement, relevant expertise, and clarity and feasibility).
  5. For eligible applicants, resubmission of last year’s proposal is acceptable.


Application Process

Complete the required application form, which asks for the following:

  1. Your name, email and other information
  2. The name of your project and which engagement area it entails
  3. A 500-word description of your engagement initiative and explanation of your relevant expertise.
  4. A brief project timeline.
  5. A short budget breakdown (maximum expenditure of $5,000).

The steering committee reserves the right to request more information during the decision process.

Evaluation Criteria

The Faculty Senate hopes to fund initiatives of all three kinds (engaged learning, community engagement and civic engagement). Engagement initiatives that address multiple areas of engagement are encouraged.  

Mini-grant applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Extent to which the proposed initiative will promote high-quality engagement within one or more of the three engagement types.
  2. Extent to which the applicant possesses the relevant expertise to realize the project’s goals.
  3. Clarity and feasibility of the project’s budget and timeline.


If you have questions, contact Melanie Shoffner, the Faculty Senate Marshal (shoffnme@jmu.edu).

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