Brookdale is committed to serving students and the community through innovative teaching, a dynamic curriculum, a supportive learning environment, numerous partnerships, and activities to promote student and community engagement. To further its commitment to students and the community, the College and the Brookdale Foundation offer the Brookdale Innovation Grant$ (B.I.G.) competition to enrich and improve the teaching and learning process. All full-times employees are encouraged to apply. Part-time employees and students may participate in projects with a full-time employee as the lead.

Purpose of B.I.G.

Successful proposals will help advance Brookdale’s strategic priorities (promote community success, develop innovative educational pathways, enhance student services, and optimize operations) in support of the College’s Mission.

Priority consideration will be given to proposals that advance the following ongoing College initiatives:

Establishment & Improvement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Student Access, Persistence and Outcomes – development of programs that address Achieving the Dream (A.T.D.).

Mentoring – development of peer-to-peer, alumni-to-student, faculty-to-student, or other mentor/mentee programs.

External Grant Initiatives – Up to $1k stipends to faculty preparing external Brookdale grant proposals for the first time.

If you have a “B.I.G.” idea you would like to explore, or if you have questions regarding the application process, contact Ellen Burke, Director of Grants and Institutional Advancement or  Stacy Leimburg, Associate Director of Grants and Institutional Advancement. Funding for B.I.G. is provided by the College and the Brookdale Community College Foundation, thanks to a generous donor.

Funding Availability

Logo with blue background, white lettering that says Brookdale Innovation Grant$ and the Brookdale Shield in the right corner.Total Program Funding: $25,000 ($10,000 College budget and $15,000 Foundation from donor designations for B.I.G.)

Award Range:  $1,000-$5,000

#of Awards:  5-10 awards


Friday, April 14, 2023, 5:00 p.m.


Brookdale Innovation Grant Application