General Information 

The Hartford Consortium for Higher Education provides opportunities for collaboration among faculty, student, staff and administrators at its member institutions. The Faculty Grant Program is one form of collaboration. The Consortium encourages participants to develop joint projects involving two or more member institutions that benefit both members and the wider community in the Hartford area.

Examples of past projects include new courses, health and wellness initiatives, seminars on topics of regional concern, exhibits and performances, as well as service learning opportunities for students. We encourage applicants to reach beyond your campus borders to collaborate with community organizations or local government as well.

Individuals considering applications are encouraged to talk with the grant writing staff at your institutions before beginning the process. They may be able to identify other funding sources to support larger scale project ideas.

Consortium Grant Fund

The Hartford Consortium for Higher Education annually establishes a fund to provide support through the grant program. In 2016-17 the total amount approved by the Board of Directors to be awarded is $5,000. The award may be for a single grant application in the amount of $5,000 or for several smaller projects.

Project Criteria

  • Projects must be undertaken at least two institutions; projects with more than two will be given priority

  • Projects should benefit a broad constituency, involving those at all applicants’ institutions, as well as others in the community if possible

  • Projects must be completed no later than May 19, 2017 but can have long-term impact or continuing service (such as a new course)

  • Projects may have budgets that exceed grant awards and we encourage applicants to identify other sources of funding to support them

  • Projects may take the form of feasibility studies for new academic partnerships or learning opportunities among cooperating campuses; funds can support the costs of meetings for such studies, including food, consultants and supplies

  • All faculty members, staff , administrators, and matriculated students from Consortium member institutions are eligible to participate in the Consortium grant program

  • The Consortium encourages projects that engage constituencies from across spectrum of each institution

Grant Applications

  • Applicants must complete the application and provide additional narrative documentation as outlined on the cover sheet

Electronic Application Print Application Grant Brochure

  • Narratives should not exceed three typed pages.

  • There must be a lead sponsor institution designated for each submission.

  • Lead sponsor institution designation indicates that sponsor is prepared to serve as the fiscal agent for the grant expenditures.

  • Grant applications must be signed by the principal parties from each participating institution, including the lead sponsor.

  • Applications must be specific in describing the role of each institution in the academic partnership.

  • A detailed budget must be submitted, identifying all sources of revenue as well as projected expenses.

  • If a project is designed to continue beyond the 2016-17 academic year, a plan for project sustainability should be included as part of the application narrative.

  • Applications should be submitted no later than 4 pm, Friday, June 17, 2016 to the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education.

  • Submissions may be made electronically or delivered by the deadline to the offices of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, 31 Pratt St. 5th Fl, Hartford, CT 06103, ATTN: Executive Director.

  • Any unexpended funds will be returned to the Consortium.

  • Questions regarding applications or ongoing projects may be directed to the Executive Director of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education.

  • A committee comprised of the Executive Director and academic leaders from Consortium members will review all submissions. Committee members will not decide on applications from their own institutions.