Innovation Grants

Sandburg faculty and staff may submit Innovation Grant applications until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2023. 

Innovation Grant Application 

$33,800 has been allocated for the FY23 program. Funds are designed to provide incentives for Sandburg faculty and staff to launch new and innovative efforts, rather than supporting maintenance of ongoing efforts. Projects should be larger, as this is a once-a-year opportunity aimed for strategic opportunities intended to impact departmental and student success. 

Concepts to Consider When Applying: 

  • Will my proposal impact student success and align with the College's Mission, Core Values, Vision, Strategic Plan, and Departmental Goals?
  • Will this proposal benefit recruitment, retention, and student success?
  • How will this submittal address a current need or solve a problem?
  • How will this create a change in the culture?
  • Can this initiative be implemented quickly, have a high and long-term impact, and be low-cost?
  • What could make this project sustainable?

Award Levels:

  • $1,000-$6,000
  • As with any competitive funding opportunity, success rates depend on the funding available, the number of proposals received, the quality of the proposal, and the relation of the projects proposed to the funding criteria. 


  • Wednesday, January 18 at 4 p.m.: Virtual Q & A Workshop, Innovation Grants, What You Need to Know
    • This workshop is not a requirement to receive funding, yet taking part in this session will better prepare you to successfully fill out the application. 
  • Friday, February 3: Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., no exceptions
  • Week of February 6: Applications will be reviewed by the Sandburg Foundation Innovations Grant Committee
  • Monday, February 13 or Tuesday, February 14: Tentative dates for project presentations. You will be contacted by the Foundation to speak about your project proposal to the Innovations Grant Committee. 
  • Mid-February: Applicants will then be notified and funds transferred to the designated budget. 
  • Friday, June 2: If awarded, items should be received and/or expenditures made. Grant funds must be spent by the end of the current fiscal year. 
  • Friday, December 15: Grant recipients need to provide a project overview to the Foundation. 


  • Submission: Sandburg administration, staff, faculty and instructional departments may submit applications for consideration. Applications must have the approval of both the Dean/Associate Dean of the Department and/or Director and corresponding Vice President or President. 
  • Strategy: Please align your grant opportunity with an element of the strategic plan and/or your departmental goals. These grants are intended to assist in future planning and innovative opportunities for expansion of programs and campus opportunities to enhance recruitment, retention, and success. 
  • Applications should identify metrics that will gauge the proposal's ability to meet or exceed Sandburg's Institutional Level Key Performance Indicators
  • Areas Not Funded: Recurring expenses/memberships/subscriptions, travel expenses, political/lobbying activities, food/refreshments, clothing, or instructors' salaries. If funding can be secured through institutional funding and/or Perkins dollars, the request will also be denied. 


Contact Chief Advancement Officer, Eric Johnson, at or x5349.