IDS Innovation Grants
Innovation Grants

Innovation Grants

ACC has provided funds for awards to groups of faculty, individual faculty, and professional-technical staff for projects that focus on enhancing the learning environment. There are two criteria all proposals must meet in order to be considered for an Innovation Grant:

  1. The project must focus on enhancing the learning environment for students.
  2. The project must propose to do something new or in a new way.

Review the links listed below to get information and details about grant preparation and deadlines.

Pre-Proposal Tasks:

Preparing your Grant


Which Projects Are Eligible for Grants?

The table below illustrates the two types of Innovation Grant awards.

Name Unique Project Instructional Development Project

These awards will provide funding for course design, development, and delivery of materials or services to support the learning environment.

These projects will focus on the development of teaching and related strategies that incorporate technology, employ current research elements, and nurture intellectual discourse for the improvement of learning environments.


Designed for faculty or professional-technical staff working on a single course, component of a course, or special project.

Designed for departments, divisions, or entire instructional program support.

Letter of Support


Supervisor and Dean

Approval of Award

Director of Instructional Development Services

Innovation Grant Review Committee

Amount of Award

$2500 or less

Greater than $2,500 up to $15,000. Project awards will be based on the scope of the project and number of students served.

  1. Develop streaming video segments for demonstration of food preparation procedures to be used in "Sanitation and Safety" (IFWA-1213).
  2. Research and develop a list of short story audio files for Composition II classes.
  3. Improve student achievement by developing computer-based lab tutorials for SRGT 1441, Surgical Procedures I.
  1. Pilot a prototype computer facility to provide an enhanced foreign language learning environment and improve mastery.
  2. Adapt courses in the social and behavioral sciences division to incorporate the case study instructional approach.
  3. Research current trends in internationalizing the curriculum and modify courses in the business division to incorporate the research findings.


Who Can Apply?

Full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and professional-technical staff in support of instructional programs and student services of the college. Other college personnel can participate on grant development teams but are not eligible to submit applications.


Intellectual Property Statement:

Under the ACC Intellectual Property Policy, an award is college commissioned work. As such, the college has full ownership of any materials produced under the auspices of an award. For additional information review the ACC Copyright and Fair Use Website.


Grant Requirements:

Innovation Grants require the submission of three reports and completed samples of any materials funded by the awards. Reports should be submitted using the specified online forms.

Requirement Timeframe Description
Planning Report The planning report should be completed in consultation with an IDS staff member before the application is submitted. This document must include defined goals, measurable objectives, and specific task assignments for the project team member and other support staff.
Status Reports Status Reports must be submitted at the end of each semester. These reports provide updates of your progress on the grant project and help us to identify any special issues or problems that need to be addressed to complete work by the end of the academic year.
Evaluation Report The evaluation report must be submitted before spring break of the following calendar year. This report describes the overall results of the project and materials produced, if applicable. The report should include outcomes in the classroom, information on the dissemination of materials to other faculty, and recommendations for revision of the project products as necessary.
Materials Project materials must be submitted with the evaluation report. Samples of each product (i.e. handbooks, videotapes, websites, digital resources, etc.) must be submitted with the closeout report. For digital /electronic documents and materials, include URLs or materials on disk.


Deadlines for Submission:

Grant submissions will be reviewed by the Director of Instructional Development on an ongoing basis. Within 10 working days after application is received, applicants will receive an Innovation Grants Award Notice stating whether the project was approved or not approved, listing the reviewers' comments, and noting any recommendations.


Past Grant Awards:

Year Awarded
Grant No.

Primary Award Recipient



FY '10-11 IG86 Katherine Staples English Developing Online Short Courses in WRiting, Reading and Note-taking for Cross-Disciplinary Use
FY '10-11 IG85 Vance Kirkhuff EMSP NIMS City Tabletop Training Project
FY '09-10 IG83 John Aintablian Special Populations Specialized Signs for Technical Terms
FY '09-10 IG81 Dawn Haley Business Studies Teacher-to-Student Mentoring through Social Networks
FY '09-10 IG79 William Kibbe Automotive Multimedia Textbook - Intro to Automotive
FY '09-10 IG78 Mechelle Marler Adult Education The effectiveness of reading pens for students enrolled in beginning level GED Adult Education classes.
FY '08-09 IG75 Richard Fonte Government Develop Web-accessible College Readiness recommendations for GOVT 2305 U.S. Government
FY '08-09 IG74 Carolyn Gondran Chemistry Blackboard RLO pre-lab assignments for Chem 111
FY '08-09 IG73 Paul Menches Fire Protection Customer Focused Fire Science Technology Degree Concept for the 21st Century
FY '08-09 IG72 Pedro Barrera Surgical Technology Standardizing & Maximizing Student Instruction Using Surg Tech Videos

FY ’07-08


Jose Milan

Physical Therapy Assistant

iSkills for PTAs

FY ’07-08


Melinda Townsel

Library Services

Library Services Appeal to the Culture of Visual Language

FY ’07-08


Melinda Townsel

Library Services

Expanding Library Services in Virtual Worlds

FY ’07-08


Sheila Ammons


Podcast Modules for Success

FY ’07-08


Lori Brill

Computer Studies & Adv.

Assistive Technology Needs of ACC students in Computer Applications

FY ’06-07


David Borden

Adult Education

ESL / CNA Learning Community

FY ’06-07


Alice Sessions


Interactive online self-preparation biology assessment 

FY ’06-07


Bob Fowler


Welding Sculpture Techniques

FY ’06-07


Lisa Galineau

Human Services

Accessible ASL: Bringing our Community to our Students

FY ’06-07


Buffy Allen

Vocational Nursing

Technological Advancements in Patient Simulations

FY ’06-07


Shelby Brammer


IN 2 THE WEST: Interdisciplinary project in Creative Writing and Drama

FY '05-06 IG53 Scott Gibby Spanish Hybrid Spanish Course
FY '05-06 IG52 Sharon Duncan Alternative Teacher Cert. Pathways Project - Real World Learning Objects
FY '05-06 IG51 Karen Jacobs Physical Therapy PTA Licensure Exam Simulation -Analysis of Strengths & Weaknesses
FY '05-06 IG50 Karen Jacobs Physical Therapy Lab Participation / Self-Peer Evaluation Project
FY '05-06 IG48 Marti Rickel Vocational Nursing Student Mentoring: A Strategy to Improve Outcomes
FY '04-05 IG47 Mary Murphy Vocational Nursing  Denver Developmental Screening Test II: Train-the-Trainer
FY '04-05 IG46 Abigail McNeely Student Services Online Programmed Learning Template
FY '04-05 IG45 Paul Williams Physics  Technology-Enhanced Classroom : Student Response
FY '04-05 IG44 Clint Davis Anthropology Cities of the World's First Great Civilizations: Learning Modules
FY '04-05 IG43 William Bastas Welding  Coppersmithing Exchange Program in Mexico
FY '04-05 IG42 Tobin Quereau Human Development  Paired Course Project for TRIO Grant
FY '04-05 IG41 Pauline VanMeurs Emergency Medical Tech. Advanced Skills Training / Evaluation Program
FY '04-05 IG35 Michael Martino Computer Information Sys.  Unix II: Common Objectives & Labs
FY '04-05 IG34 Gale Spear Child Development  Library of Virtual Lab Experience of Best Practice in ECE
FY '04-05 IG33 Rick Thompson Human Services  Career Opportunities for the Social Services
FY '04-05 IG30 Red Wassenich

Library Services

 Revision and Improvement of the InfoGame
FY '03-04 IG27 Pricilla Wicker Visual Communications  Interactive Tutorials for Digital Publishing
FY '03-04 IG26 Bob Warniers Air Conditioning  A Quick Trip to the Supermarket: Cooling and Ventilation Tour
FY '03-04 IG24 Liz Coccia Human Services  Counseling Theories: Application of Models to Practice
FY '03-04 IG25 Sharon Duncan Alternative Teacher Cert.  Reality Lessons for Teachers
FY '02-03


Jere Hammer


Critical Thinking in Nursing Practices II

FY '02-03


Pat Recek

Vocational Nursing

Improving Success on NCLEX-PN

FY '02-03


Virginia Lawrence

Hospitality Management

Online Meeting and Event Planning

FY '02-03


Regina Swearengin


Diagnostic Sonography on the Web

FY '01-02


John Underwood


NASA Reduced Gravity Program

FY '01-02


Jere Hammer


Patient Vignettes for Nursing Case Studies

FY '01-02


Virginia DeBolt


Electronic Publishing Technologies

FY '01-02


Scott Gibby


Web-based Spanish 1511

FY '01-02


Gale Spear

Child Development

Online Courses for Childcare Directors

FY '00-01


Roger Leathers

Criminal Justice

Online AAS Degree in Criminal Justice
FY '00-01


Carol Hirsh


Interactive Weight Training Tutorial and Kiosk

FY '00-01


Shane Forest

Distance Learning

DL Early Warning System

FY '00-01


Sheila Ammons


Accounting Online Manuals


Award Statistics

This chart lists the types of innovation grants awarded and the amount of funds provided for projects during each academic year since 2000. A complete breakdown of Innovation Grant Funds awarded by year can be found here: Innovation Grant Statistics 2000-2011.

Innovation Grants 2000-2011


Grants Funds Awarded


1. Unique Project Awards


2. Instructional Development Awards


3. Instructional Technology Awards

Year One Disbursements
Year Two Disbursements
Range of Awards
Number of Departments

1. Unique Project Awards


2. Instructional Development Awards


3. Instructional Technology Awards

Total Number of Awards


Proposal Steps:

The entire grant process can be divided into three major steps: planning, applying, and awards. During the planning and applying steps, you are required to fill out two forms: first, a planning report; second, an application (with a proposed budget).

Post-Proposal Activities:

If you receive notification that you grant is awarded, you will need to fill out three additional forms: funding requests, followed by semesterly status reports and finally an evaluation report.

Grant Process:

Below is a helpful table with information, links and forms to help you along in the grant process.

Step 1: Planning Step 2: Applying Step 3: Awards Online Forms
  1. Review the Grant Process (Flowchart)
  2. Review Sample Applications (Sample#1 , Sample#2 )
  3. Complete and submit Planning Report
  1. Write the Proposal Narrative
  2. Prepare Budget
  3. Obtain Letters of Support
  4. Gather Statements of Qualifications for project team
  5. Complete and submit Application
  1. Application Review & Award
  2. Committee Information (Project Review Checklist, Award Notice)
  3. Submit Funding Requests
  4. Submit Status Reports
  5. Complete Project and Submit Evaluation Report.