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Parameters & Selection Criteria

General Parameters for FaCE Grants

Typically, FaCE grant awards range from $5,000 to $30,000. Projects may be funded up to a maximum of $50,000 if they involve several collaborators from multiple campuses, demonstrate significant complexity in other aspects of the plan, or justify a higher grant award in other ways.

Grant awards will support the resources necessary to initiate, conduct, disseminate, and help institutionalize the activities and results of projects. Budget items may include:

  • Supplies and conference materials
  • Meetings
  • Honoraria for guest speakers, workshop leaders, or consultants
  • Travel and lodging
  • Dissemination strategies such as white papers, presentations at seminars and conferences, websites, and the like.

Please note: purchases of equipment and technology are not permissible FaCE expenses. To learn more about individual projects funded by FaCE, visit the Project Outcomes webpage.

Selection Criteria

In assessing the potential of the projects proposed for funding, the FaCE Steering Committee will consider the following criteria:

  • The degree to which the proposed project is collaborative in nature, involving either faculty from two or more ACM institutions or from across departments within a single institution;
  • The extent to which the proposed project facilitates innovative approaches to addressing current challenges or opportunities faced by liberal arts colleges and their faculty;
  • The soundness of the proposed plan for achieving the goals of the project;
  • Plans for using and sustaining the results on the campuses involved;
  • Plans for disseminating the results to other ACM campuses and beyond; and
  • The project's potential for promoting innovation within the ACM and beyond.

Because FaCE seeks to sustain and share the results and products from each activity funded, successful projects will include ideas about how to institutionalize results on participating campuses and disseminate the results more broadly. Dissemination ideas should outline strategies for sharing the work with a wider audience, such as conference presentations, publications, and/or a website.