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Message to the Campus


Deadline Extension: Sense of Belonging Grant - Call for Proposals


DEADLINE EXTENSION: Monday, November 13th, 2023


Dear College Community,

I am pleased to share with you the following Call for Proposals for Kingsborough Community College’s (KCC) 2024 Sense of Belonging Grants, available to individuals, groups and or departments and offices to develop/host student-centered activities that promote students’ sense of belonging in their department and at KCC.  The Call is open to any full-time member of the faculty or staff.

As we know a strong sense of belonging has a great impact on student success and retention. Students regularly share with me how welcoming and helpful faculty and staff are and what an incredible place KCC is. We need to continue to ensure that we deliver not only excellent customer/student service but also continue to show students that they belong here. It is this ability to cultivate a sense of belonging for our students that makes Kingsborough very special.

Applications opens October 11, 2023 and closes November 5, 2023.  Monday, November 13th, 2023

 Funding timeline:

Proposal Due: November 5, 2023.   November 13th, 2023

Grants Announced: November 20, 2023  November 27, 2023

Award Amount: up to $1,200

Funding Begins: January 2, 2024

Implementation period: January 2, 2024 – June 14, 2024

Final Report Due: July 15, 2024

Priority will be given to proposals that align with our 2022-25 Strategic Plan Student Success priorities;

  • A positive and successful student experience is a college-wide responsibility that requires collaboration and coordination across all areas of the college
    • SS1. Create robust onboarding procedures and continuing-student experiences
    • SS4. Develop programs and services that foster student preparedness, resilience, and leadership
    • SS5. Provide support services that address barriers to success and relieve student stressors

 Please take a look at previously funded grants, that included a series of reverse student focused town halls where students were given opportunities to express their needs for progression, a talent show that tapped into the artistic side of STEAM students, and a workshop that introduced students to resources on campus and communicated the importance of developing relationships and normalizing asking for help, just to name a few.

 Proposal must include the following:

  • Feature a program/activity that promote students’ sense of belonging
  • Indicate whether it is a new project or a project expansion 
  • Offer an approach that highlights KCC distinctive strengths and/or addresses gaps through new programs, activities, or the improvement of existing programs and activities.
  • Clearly proposed outcomes – ex: The program will help provide a sense of community among xx population of students by hosting xx.   
  • Clearly stated impact – ex: Who are the students this program will serve?  How will this program make an impact on the population you are trying to serve? 
  • Budget for the project 
  • Plan for evaluation to include stakeholder feedback and impact, to include the collection of participant name and emplid.
  • If the program is ongoing or continuing, the proposal must outline a plan for sustainability including funding streams.

Submissions: Please complete the following form with your proposal. 

 Questions: Please contact Nadine Browne, Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President

  I am looking forward to receiving some extra special proposals.