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The WCC Foundation oversees both General Foundation Grants and grants from The H. Richard Crane Science Lab Endowment.

General Foundation Grant
Each year, the WCC Foundation typically has discretionary income that the Foundation Board of Directors makes available to support faculty and staff activities that benefit students. The Recipients page contains examples of past grantees. Applications are reviewed annually by a committee comprised of Foundation Board members, community volunteers, and a WCC Trustee. Grant recipients are announced each spring, however, funds are not available until July 1 of the next fiscal year.

Deadline: January 15, 2015 Applications for 2015-2016

What do the General Foundation Grants fund?
These grants are intended to fund WCC projects or activities that directly benefit students. Activities that would not be eligible include, but are not limited to, funds for individual research projects, personal travel or other expenses, or payment for time spent on a project. For questions about eligible activity, email Krissa Rumsey at or phone at 734-973-3492 to discuss.

What is the approximate size of grants and how many are made each year?
The Foundation has awarded over $500,000 in grant funds since this competitive program was launched in 2004. These grants vary in size from $500–$10,000, and there have been anywhere from 8 to 25 recipients in a given year. There tends to be a lot of competition so proposals must be professional, compelling, well-reasoned and thorough.

Special attention should be paid to identifying clear goals and objectives and discussing methods of evaluating whether or not they are achieved. It is also important to demonstrate why funding is not available from the college budget.

How do I apply?
Download and submit the General Grant Application (PDF, 740KB or WORD, 18KB) either via campus mail or in person to the WCC Foundation (SC 306) before 5:00pm on January 15. Signatures of Deans and Department Chairs are needed, so please allow sufficient time for them to approve and sign the application.

The Foundation Grant Application is an interactive Adobe Acrobat file. If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free from Adobe.

The H. Richard Crane Science Lab Endowment
The H. Richard Crane Science Lab endowment was established to build the capacity of science education within the departments of Life Sciences and Physical Sciences at Washtenaw Community College. Grants will be given for innovation in instruction, specifically lab instruction, including hands-on resources and both in class and supplementary access to resources. The endowment will make a total of $5,000 in awards each year, initially. There are two deadlines each year: July 15 and November 15. Download and submit the Crane Grant Application (PDF).