Small Project Grants

Grants for Projects up to $5,000

Proposals for Small Project Grants are accepted throughout the year, without deadline.

A Wabash Center Small Project grant proposal consists of four parts:

1. Grant Information Form

The form requests information necessary for the consideration of your proposal (including contact information, grant project dates, amount of the grant, and 150 word proposal abstract).

This form requires contact information for:

  • The Project Director(s) (the person(s) responsible for providing narrative report on grants, typically the person(s) overseeing the administration of the grant and writing the project proposal to apply for the grant). SIGNATURE REQUIRED.
  • The Financial Contact (the person responsible for receiving the check and providing financial reports of expenditures for the institution). This should be a different person than the project director.
  • The Authorization Contact (the person authorized to sign grant requests for the institution). SIGNATURE REQUIRED.

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You will be prompted to attach the required documents to the online application, including a signed copy of the Grant Information Form, the Proposal Narrative, the Line Item Budget, and the signed Letter of Institutional Support.

2. Proposal Narrative

In 1000 words or less, please address:

  • The pedagogical question or problem that the small grant project will specifically address
  • A set of goals for the project
  • A description of the challenges and opportunities for teaching and learning that this grant would address
  • A description and timeline of the proposed activities during the grant period
  • A statement about how teaching and student learning will be impacted by the work of this grant project
  • A plan for evaluation of the project both during and at the conclusion of the grant period
  • A list of everyone directly involved with the project
3. Line Item Budget

On one page:

  • Provide a line item and narrative budget that indicates the main expense categories for the project, how the costs for each item were determined, and any institutional support required.
  • Institutional indirect costs are not permitted for small grant project grants.
4. Institutional Letter of support

A letter of support from the applicant’s dean or department chair indicating their support of the project and what they hope will happen at the school or within the department as a consequence of the grant. The letter should be signed on the institution’s letterhead. It can be scanned and attached to the online application.

Grant Coaching

The Wabash Center understands our grants program as a part of our overall teaching and learning mission. We are interested in not only awarding grants to excellent proposals, but also in enabling faculty members to develop and hone their skills as grant writers. Therefore we offer grant coaching for all faculty interested in submitting a Wabash Center Project Grant proposal.

Contact Dr. Paul O. Myhre (, Associate Director of the Wabash Center, about grant ideas or with a proposal draft for which you want feedback and response.

There is no guarantee that a grant that has gone through our coaching process will be funded but we will help you present the project in the clearest and most coherent way.

Dr. Paul O. Myhre
Associate Director, Wabash Center
(800) 655-7117

When preparing a grant proposal, we strongly recommend that you find  previous projects on similar issues and learn from their experience.

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