Grants of up to $500 are available to support student projects that engage technology and the arts. The goal of the grants is to inspire students, whether learning in the classroom, assisting faculty and staff on major projects, or pursuing their own ideas. Independent student work is a cornerstone of the Arts and Technology Initiative and microgrants are a significant way to support student experimentation.
- Deadlines: November 15 and March 1st.
- Proposals are submitted through an online form including a budget.
- If awarded a grant, final reports are due within 30 days after completing the project
- Microgrants are open to all Mount Holyoke College students.
- Applications may be submitted individually or by groups. Groups of students that include faculty may also submit applications, with the understanding that students are the project coordinators who are responsible for managing the funds and providing the required report at the conclusion of the project. Group applicants should note that the funding will not change with the number of people involved in the project.
What We Support
Microgrant funds may be used to defray the cost of hardware or software (if not already available on campus), data storage and web hosting, artists’ supplies, building materials, travel, stipends for off-campus expertise, course training fees, and other expenses related to multimedia projects, performances, exhibits and guest artists.
Proposed budgets should not exceed $500. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of their substance and innovative character and the project’s feasibility within its stated timeframe. An application might, for instance, request funding for:
- the acquisition of microcontrollers such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi to build an interactive digital art installation
- travel to a conference to learn metadata and coding standards for a digital installation on, say, trade in the Pre-Columbian Americas
- the purchase of studio time for assistance in color grading an original film.
What We Don't Support
- Hardware/software that is readily available through LITS (eg digital cameras, laptops, etc) or other departments. It is your responsibility to contact any relevant departments and/or LITS liaisons to search for equipment.
Preparing Your Budget
- Check to see if the resources you need (equipment, supplies, software, etc) are already available on campus.
- Check to see if your department has funding that can cover or supplement your project expenses. Note on your application and budget form if you were able to find matching or supplementary funding (even an unsuccessful search for additional funding helps demonstrate your resourcefulness).
- Research the cost(s) of the proposed purchases and/or services and note the sources/vendors that you have found on your budget form when possible.
- Download the budget form template and fill it out. When you are ready to submit the proposal, make sure to upload the budget as well.
- Funding requests cannot exceed $500. If your project’s budget is more than $500, you'll need additional funding to cover the difference.
Preparing Your Proposal
- Describe how your project engages creative practices and current or emerging technologies.
- Describe your proposed timeline as well as you can. Your project could take more than a year and you may be asking for funding to complete only a part of it.
- Note the role of any project collaborator(s) if you have them.
- What outcome(s) are you hoping to achieve? What do you hope to learn through your project?
Role of the Project Advisor
You are required to identify a faculty or staff member with relevant expertise, and to discuss your project proposal and budget with them before applying. Your project advisor may have suggestions to improve your application, so it's to your advantage to meet with them well before the deadline.
If you are awarded a grant, you are required to:
- provide written documentation (plus photos, video, audio, etc), within one month after the project’s conclusion, to be published on the Arts and Technology Initiative website.
- present your work at a public forum such as the Senior Symposium or a presentation sponsored by the Arts and Technology initiative.
The College retains the right to publicize microgrant-funded projects. All intellectual and physical properties resulting from the project reside with the grantee(s).
Before starting the application form, be sure you have prepared your budget which you will submit as part of your online application. See the instructions under Preparing Your Proposal.