FAQ – Equity Innovation Grant

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Who can apply?

The application should be submitted by an LBCC employee. LBCC students and community members can also apply for equity innovation grants as co-authors of applications with an LBCC employee. LBCC students should work with their club advisor to co-author an application. LBCC students who are not a part of a club can reach out directly to a faculty or staff member to explore the possibility of co-authoring an application. Similarly, community members should work directly with employees of LBCC to explore co-authoring an application. In either case, the employee will need to be the primary lead on the application.

How do I apply for an Equity Innovation Grant?

You can apply online using the web application on our webpage. A printable PDF is available of the entire application that you can use to draft your responses before populating the online web application.

When will the Equity Innovation Grants be available?

Monday, October 3, 2022

When do the Equity Innovation Grants close?

Friday, December 16, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

What if I miss the deadline to apply?

Unfortunately, we are not able to extend the application deadline for individual applicants. However, if you experience a technical issue that prevented your timely submission, please email us at studentequity@lbcc.edu.

Can I apply for more than one year of funding for the Equity Innovation Grants?

Yes, applicants may apply for up to 3 years of funding. However, applicants must apply for the same amount of funding for each year (I.e., year 1: $50,000; year 2: $50,000; and year 3: $50,000).

How much funding can an applicant apply for?

Applicants can apply for up to $100,000 for up to 3 years.

When will the Equity Innovation Grant presentations take place?

The Equity Innovation Grant applications will take place at the Student Equity Subcommittee meeting on either February 13, 2023, or February 24, 2023. Applicants will be notified of the exact date of their presentation prior to the start of the spring 2023 semester.

When will applicants be notified?

Applicants will be notified whether their application was approved or denied by April 28, 2023.

What are tiers of awards for the equity innovation grants?

There are four tiers of funding available for the equity innovation grants. See the chart below. Note that some tiers of funding allow for the hiring of limited term employees, adjunct and release time.

TIERS OF AWARDS
$5,000 – $25,000 (cannot include personnel) 
$25,001 – $50,000 (cannot include personnel) 
$50,001 – $75,000 (can include LTE personnel, adjunct, and release time) 
$75,001 – $100,000 (can include LTE personnel, adjunct, and release time) 

 

How will the applications be evaluated? Will they be ranked?

The student equity subcommittee will use a standardized rubric to evaluate applications. The areas of the rubric include the proposal overview, project details, and budget. Points will be assigned for each area of the application. Recommendations from the student equity subcommittee will be forwarded to senior leadership for review and final decision making.

Where can applicants find a copy of the evaluation rubric?

Applicants can find a copy of the evaluation rubric here (link to rubric coming soon), once approved by the Student Equity Subcommittee at the September 2022 meeting.

Where can I find examples of equity minded and innovative practices that I can consider for my own grant?

Applicants are encouraged to review national websites that have already curated information on high impact practices in higher education such as the Aspen Institute, Seal of Excelencia, and A2MEND.

If I need help understanding data to support my application, who should I contact?

Institutional Effectiveness (IE) can assist you in understanding and interpreting data. Representatives from this office will also be holding drop-in hours during the fall semester so assist applicants with any data-related questions.

What should I do if I do not have access to Tableau?

Applicants who do not have access to Tableau should reach out to their immediate supervisor and request the specific data that aligns with their project.

I am not an employee of Long Beach City College can I apply for an Equity Innovation Grant? If so, what is the process to apply?

LBCC students and community members can apply for equity innovation grants. LBCC students should work with their club advisor to co-author an application. LBCC students who are not a part of a club can reach out directly to a faculty or staff member to explore the possibility of co-authoring an application. Similarly, community members should work directly with employees of LBCC to explore co-authoring an application. In either case, the employee will need to be the primary lead on the application.

What can Equity Innovation Grant funds not be used for?

The Equity Innovation Grant is an unrestricted gift to the college. As such, there is greater flexibility in how the college can utilize these funds to advance institutional priorities. With that said, there are specific unallowed expenses for the Equity Innovation Grants including:

  • Political Campaign Contributions
  • Gifts to public officials
  • Individual memberships for organizations
  • Payment for Unitities
  • Personal Expenses

Also, applicants cannot apply to funding projects that are already funded by other types of funding such as district funds, student equity, strong workforce, and Perkins. This is considered supplanting and is not allowable.

 

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