Student Microgrants

Mount Holyoke College welcomes Microgrant applications for the current academic year to support small projects that engage the intersection of art and technology. We want 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 our program, and microgrants are one way to support student experimentation.

Eligibility

MEDIAL microgrants are open to all Mount Holyoke College students. Applications may be submitted by individuals, as well as by groups that include students and faculty with the understanding that students are the project coordinators, responsible for managing the funds, and providing the required report at the conclusion of their 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 during each academic year.
  • The first round of applications is due November 1 at 5:00 pm. Subsequent applications will be due on the 1st of each month at 5:00 pm.
  • Applicants will be notified within 5 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 (but not limited to) costs for materials such as hardware, software, storage and web hosting, artists’ supplies, building materials, travel, stipends for off-campus expertise, or fees for course training, as well as other expenses related to multi-media projects, performances, exhibits, and/or 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.

Examples (meant as inspiration)

  • purchasing podcasting software for a web series on video games, gender, and representation
  • acquiring micro-computers such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi to build interactive digital art installations
  • traveling to a conference to learn metadata and coding standards for a digital installation on trade in the Pre-Columbian Americas
  • purchasing studio time for assistance in color grading an original film

Reporting

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

Apply for the MEDIAL Microgrant

Questions?

If you have specific questions regarding MEDIAL projects Microgrants please contact medial-g@mtholyoke.edu.

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