Brookdale Innovation Grants


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 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.

Technology – Collaborate with the Teaching and Learning Center to develop interactive multimedia or other course content that leverages technology to improve teaching & learning or student outcomes.

External Grant Initiatives – Up to $1,000 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 Development or  Stacy Leimburg, Associate Director of Grants and Institutional Development. Funding for B.I.G. is provided by the College and the Brookdale Community College Foundation.

Funding Availability

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

Number of Awards:  5-10 awards



Monday, April 22, 2024, 5:00 p.m.


Brookdale Innovation Grant Application