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The Faculty Development Center is accepting applications for the Cortland College Foundation Small Grants Program, which provides up to $500 of funding to SUNY Cortland to faculty, staff and students. 

Application Process: Application forms are available from the Faculty Development Center in Memorial Library or online at A department chair or supervisor and the appropriate dean or vice president must approve applications before they are submitted for review to the Faculty Development Committee. The president of the College makes a final decision.

Applications for funding are accepted once each semester. Deadlines for applications for the fall semester are Friday, Sept. 14, and Friday, Feb. 15, for the 2013 spring semester.  

Completed applications should be submitted to the Faculty Development Center, Memorial Library, Room B-303 or via email at

Program Guidelines:

Applicants are eligible to apply for one Small Grant per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

Small grant award activity dates for fall applications are from the first day of the fall semester through Dec. 31. Spring applications award activity dates are from Jan. 1 through the end of the spring semester.

Projects most deserving of small grant support are those that tend to advance the Mission of the College by:

·         enriching the intellectual or cultural life of the Campus
·         promoting professional development of faculty and staff
·         providing special educational opportunities for students
·         improving internal and/or external communication at the College
·         enhancing the image of the College
·         accommodating unique or unusual contingencies which fit nowhere else.

Successful applications include a rationale for the proposed activity that incorporates the criteria listed above. Grant applications that fulfill more than one of the criteria above are given higher priority.    

Small grant support is not available for scholarships, graduate assistantships, intercollegiate athletics, or student organizations that are eligible for funding through other campus sources. In addition, small grants may not be used to pay for services rendered by SUNY Cortland faculty and staff.

Budget: The application’s budget section should include specific details regarding all other sources of funding for the proposed project, both granted and pending.  In addition, applicants must also include sources of funding which were sought, even if those efforts were unsuccessful.   

Once approved, original invoices/receipts should be submitted for reimbursement. Failure to provide such documentation will result in denial of payment or reimbursement. Payments can be made payable to Income Fund Reimbursement (IFR) accounts, Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) Agency accounts, vendors or individuals.

Program Publicity:  If your project involves a public program, such as a press release, printed program, publications, conference or public address, all public announcements should indicate that the Cortland College Foundation supported the project. 

Final Report:  Applicants are required to submit a one-page report following their funded activity to detail the use of foundation funds and the results of the project. The approval of future small grants will be contingent upon completion of the prior final report.

For more information, contact Karla Alwes, English Department, at (607) 753-2085.