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Applications for Faculty Entrepreneurship Champion Mini-grants Now Available

Faculty from all 114 California Community Colleges can apply for $7,500 mini-grants to support entrepreneurship-related projects.

The grants are funded by the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) Program Small Business Sector and managed by Charles Eason, Small Business Sector Navigator at Solano Community College.

Grants can be used to develop or enhance existing Career Technical Education (CTE) programs related to entrepreneurship, create hands-on learning opportunities, or enhance pathways between colleges and middle/high schools — just to name a few.

Ten grants will be funded through this Request for Applications. The goal is to fund one mini-grant for each of the Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator regions. Preference will be given to applicants who align their plans with the in-region grants of their Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator.

The projects can span multiple districts, but one district must serve as the grant’s lead applicant and fiscal agent. Applicants are encouraged to coordinate with their Deputy Sector Navigators and Regional Consortia whenever possible.

Applications are available here and due by 5 p.m. on October 20. Each application should include the following items:

  • One page cover letter signed by supervising Dean describing proposed grant project.

  • Work Plan using the Exhibit A template describing the proposed activities and outcomes.

  • Budget not to exceed $7,500 using the Exhibit B template.

  • Resume of the faculty lead on the project (can be full-time or adjunct).

Grant recipients will be notified on October 25 and contracts will begin November 22. Final invoices and reports must be submitted by July 5, 2018.  For additional information, please contact Charles Eason at (707) 863-7846 or


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