The International and Intercultural Education Innovation Grants

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The International and Intercultural Education Innovation Grants

    International & Intercultural Education IIE

    Member of the Division of Academic and Student Affairs th2411 W. 14 St., Tempe, AZ 85281 Phone: 480 731-825 Fax: 480-731-8021

     International & Intercultural Education Innovation Grants

    Information, Guidelines, and Grant Proposal Application

What are IIE Innovation Grants?

    IIE Innovation Grants are mini-grants that are funded through the District Department of International & Intercultural Education (IIE), that support projects with an international and intercultural education focus aimed at strengthening global learning for Maricopa Community Colleges’ students and faculty. Funds are available on a competitive basis through a grant proposal process. IIE internal grant funds are not designed to sustain projects long-term, nor are they intended to support pre-existing programs.

Funding Criteria:

    IIE grant funds are intended to support the development of innovative international and intercultural education projects and programs throughout the district. Proposals should address the following elements:

    ; Focus on global learning for students and/or faculty

    ; Address one or more “learning priorities in the areas of international/intercultural

    knowledge, attitudes and skill development (See detailed information in the “Notes”

    section below.)

    ; Align with college and district mission, vision and strategic priorities

    ; Include a financial contribution from the host college(s)

Funding Categories:

    Category #1: Funding for single college, multi-college or district-wide projects and programs

    beginning and ending in one fiscal year. (Single college proposals are not to

    exceed $3,500; multi-college proposals should not exceed $7,000.)

    Category #2: Proposals for visual media, instructional materials, books, and maps that support

    and sustain international and intercultural projects and/or programs. (Not to exceed


Expenses not covered by IIE Grants:

    ; Capital equipment purchases

    ; Continuation of “soft money” projects (e.g., Department of Education grants)

    ; Activities considered routine responsibilities of the college (personnel, general

    supplies, etc.)

    ; Projects covered under Faculty Professional Growth Guidelines (e.g., individual

    travel, summer projects, academic advancement, etc.)

    ; Airfare for any MCCCD individual or group, aside from exceptions outlined below

    (Individual professional growth, conferences, workshops, training, etc.)

     Revised August 2009

Exceptional Travel Expenses Allowed by IIE Grants:

    While airfare is not generally covered by an IIE grant for a MCCCD faculty or staff member, there are certain exceptions where air and other types of travel expenses are covered. These include:

    ; Travel expenses for visiting guest speakers, performance groups, artists, and

    ambassadors, in support of programs that enhance student learning or faculty

    professional development in areas aligned with funding criteria

    ; A contribution toward travel expenses for a residential faculty to do a Site

    Assessment for a Student Education Abroad Program. (Please note: District IIE

    Internal Grant Funds will support this only when the college also indicates support

    of the proposed program by also offering a significant financial contribution toward

    the faculty’s travel cost.)

Submission Instructions:

    The International and Intercultural Education Innovation Grants are administered through the District Department of International and Intercultural Education. Proposals are due in the

    District Office by 5:00 p.m. the first working day of the month, from August through April,

    excluding the month of January.

    1. Contact your college International Education director or faculty representative for

    guidance on your proposal. See phone/email contact list in “Notes” section below.

    2. Write proposal (applicant or co-applicant must be a full-time employee). Include

    the cover sheet and grant proposal application provided below), along with and any


    3. Applicant should submit proposal to college IE director/representative several days

    ahead of the submission date, in order to allow time for a final review and possible

    recommended revisions.

    4. College IE director/representative must submit the completed proposal

    electronically to the District Office of International & Intercultural Education no later

    than 5:00 p.m. the first working day of the month, from August through April,

    excluding the month of January.

Review, Selection, and Notification Process:

    ; All grant proposals received by the first of each month will be forwarded to the IIE Council

    representatives (one per college) for review and written evaluation/scoring. An opportunity

    to discuss the grant proposals will be made available at the IIE Council meeting which

    takes place on the first Friday of the month.

    ; IIE directors/reps will submit their written evaluation/scores to the District IIE Office by the th15 of the month.

    ; The final decision will be made by the District IIE Office, based primarily on the input

    received from all of the voting members.

    ; IIE Council members will not score grant proposals submitted by their own college.

    ; Notification of award status will be made within three weeks of deadline submission


     Revised August 2009

    Evaluation Criteria and Scoring

    Grant proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

    ; The project rationale and justification are well stated and reasonable.

    ; The project focuses on global learning for students and/or faculty, and addresses

    International/Intercultural Learning Priorities.

    ; The project description is clear and complete. The main body of the proposal

    provides a clear statement of the work to be undertaken and objectives for the

    period of the proposed work. The proposed activities relate to improving, advancing,

    or enriching student learning. The goals and objectives, and the plans and

    procedures for achieving them, should be well developed, worthwhile, and realistic.

    ; The proposal aligns with college and district mission, vision and strategic priorities.

    ; The proposal includes a financial contribution from the host college(s).

    ; The budget is clearly outlined and justifies the amount requested.

    ; The responsibilities of the project administrators are specifically stated.

    ; The communication plan is clear and appropriate.

Project Final Report:

    Final project reports consisting of no more than three pages are due within 30 days of project completion. Copies of the final report are submitted to your college president, to your college IIE Council representative and to the District Department of International & Intercultural Education. Accountability measures must include the following:

    1. Project/Program Summary

    2. Event Outcomes (Highlight project/program outcomes especially as they relate to

    enhancing global learning for Maricopa students, faculty, staff and the community.)

    3. Expense Report

    4. Overall Evaluation

    5. Key Challenges and Learnings

    Please note: It is imperative to submit a final report. Failure to do so will jeopardize future funding opportunities.

For more information:

    Contact your college international education director/representative or the District Department of International & Intercultural Education for additional information. (A phone and email list is provided below.)

     Revised August 2009

     International & Intercultural Education IIE

    Member of the Division of Academic Affairs

    th2411 W. 14 St., Tempe, AZ 85281

    Phone: 480 731-8250 Fax: 480-731-8021

    For Official Use Only: International & Intercultural Funded: ;Yes ;No Internal Grant Proposal Amount: $ ___________________ Cover Sheet Date: ___________________

Project Title:


Project Director(s):

Date Project Begins:

Date Project Ends:

    Budget Summary

    College Contribution Amount Requested Other Project Total

    $ $ $ $

     Revised August 2009

    IIE Internal Grant Proposal Application

    Minimum Proposal Components

Project Rationale & Justification: (100 words or less)

    Project Impact: Note the anticipated impact on global learning for students and/or faculty, and list the International/Intercultural Learning Priorities that the project addresses provided in the “Notes”

    section below. (300 words or less)

    Project Description: The main body of the proposal should be a clear statement of the work to be undertaken and the intended outcomes for the period of the proposed work. (300 words or less)

Alignment with College and/or District mission, vision and strategic priorities: Please note

    how this proposal aligns with MCCCD Strategic Directions. (100 words or less)

    Project Administration: Include brief background information on the project coordinator(s) and responsibilities/roles of the participants. (100 words or less)

Evaluation Plan: (100 words or less)

Communication Plan: (100 words or less)

Itemized Budget and Narrative: (See “Budget Narrative Notes” below.)

     Revised August 2009


    International/Intercultural Learning Priorities

    The proposal should indicate the learning priorities the proposed project supports, in the areas of international/intercultural knowledge, attitudes and skill development in MCCCD students. (If the

    project is focused on faculty, note which learning priorities the proposed project will enable faculty

    to impart to students.)


    ; Knowledge of the world geography, conditions, issues, and events.

    ; Awareness of the complexity and interdependency of world events and issues.

    ; Understanding of historical forces that have shaped the current world system.

    ; Knowledge of one’s own culture and history.

    ; Knowledge of effective communication, including knowledge of a foreign language,

    intercultural communication concepts, and international business etiquette.

    ; Understanding of the diversity found in the world in terms of values, beliefs, ideas, and



    ; Openness to learning and a positive orientation to new opportunities, ideas, and ways of


    ; Tolerance for ambiguity and unfamiliarity.

    ; Sensitivity and respect for personal and cultural differences.

    ; Empathy or the ability to take multiple perspectives.

    ; Self awareness and self-esteem about one’s own identity and culture.


    ; Technical skills to enhance the ability of students to learn about the world (i.e., research


    ; Critical and comparative thinking skills, including the ability to think creatively and integrate

    knowledge, rather than uncritical acceptance of knowledge.

    ; Communication skills, including the ability to use another language effectively and interact

    with people from other cultures.

    ; Coping and resiliency skills in unfamiliar and challenging situations.

    Budget Narrative Notes

Proposal should included detailed information on the following if applicable, and/or other clarifying


    ; Honoraria and/or Professional Services Contracts (Include the name of the

    person/contractor, services to be rendered, and amount to be paid.)

    ; Materials/Supplies (Itemized description and estimated cost of any project-related

    materials, equipment, and supplies required for the duration of the project.)

    ; Travel (The budget section must reflect both travel costs for each person for each trip

    (e.g., airfare), as well as per diem per person and a detailed daily itinerary. The

    rationale/justification for all travel must be clearly described in the text of the proposal.

    Please refer to MCCCD Travel Authorization Form for details.)

     Revised August 2009

    ; College Contribution (In-kind, cost-sharing funds)

    ; Official Function(s) and Associated Costs: (Official Functions may not account for

    more than 10% of the total project budget or $250.)

    International Education Directors Contact Information

    ChandlerGilbert Community College: Annie Jimenez, Director International Education (480) 732-7391,

    Estrella Mountain Community College, Sylvia Orr, Dean of Academic Affairs (623) 935-8413,

    GateWay Community College, Mauro Da Fonte, International Education Council Faculty Representative, (602) 286-8516,

Glendale Community College, Ken Bus, Director International Education

    (623) 845-3136,

Mesa Community College, Ida Mansourian, Director International Education

    (480) 461-7753,

    Paradise Valley Community College, Michele Marion, Director, Center for International Studies (602) 787-7296,

Phoenix College, Annette Duran, Director International Education

    (602) 285-7564,

Rio Salado College, Erma Abeyta, Director International Education

    (480) 517-8134,

    Scottsdale Community College, Therese Tendick, Director International Education (480) 423-6722,

    South Mountain Community College, Steven Fountaine, International Education Council Faculty Representative, (602) 243-8140,

    District Department of International and Intercultural Education, Kathryn Howard, Program Manager, (480) 731-8022,

     Revised August 2009

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