Student Microgrants

Students are invited to apply for microgrants of up to $500 during the academic year through April 1 to support small projects that engage the intersection of the arts and technology. The goal of these funds 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.

Eligibility

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.

Timeline

  • Applications, submitted through an online form, will be accepted on a rolling basis between November 1 and April 1.
  • The first round of applications is due November 1 at 5 p.m. Subsequent applications will be due on the first of each month at 5 p.m.
  • Applicants will be notified within five days of submitting a proposal.
  • Final reports are due within 30 days after completing the project.

What Can be Supported

Microgrants may be used to defray expenses for costs for materials such as hardware, software, storage and web hosting, artists’ supplies, building materials, travel, stipends for off-campus expertise, and fees for course training. They may also be applied to 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 purchase of podcasting software for a web series on video games, gender and representation
  • the acquisition of microcomputers such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi to build interactive digital art installations
  • 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.

Reporting

Grant recipients are required to provide reflective output within one month after the project’s conclusion, in the form of a written story and a photo or video, to be published on the Arts and Technology Initiative website. Grantees will also contribute a concise presentation about their project to the Arts and Technology Symposium, held annually in April. The College retains the right to publicize microgrant-funded projects. All intellectual and physical properties resulting from the project reside with the grantee(s).

Apply for the MEDIAL Microgrant

Questions?

Please email medial-g@mtholyoke.edu with questions.

Please note that additional funding opportunities may be available through the Makerspace.