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Faculty Mini-Grants Instructions

The Office of Instructional Development (OID) provides Mini-Grants to faculty who teach regular undergraduate courses, for the purpose of defraying the cost of certain course enhancements. These funds cannot be used to supplement standard departmental supplies and expense budgets. Teaching Assistants must use the TA Mini-Grant form. Faculty may apply for funding up to the maximum amount of $600.00 per instructor, per academic year.


Please indicate your intended use of Mini-Grant funds by carefully reading and completing a Mini-Grant application. Awarded grant funds will be transferred to your department for disbursement.  Please submit your mini-grant request at least three weeks in advance of planned event.


    * Applications must be received at least three weeks in advance of the proposed use of funding to accommodate the approval process.

    * We will not accept applications for reimbursement funding.

    * Retroactive requests will not be approved.

The following is a list of representative, but not exclusive use of mini-grant funds:

MEDIA (Videos, DVDs, CDs, etc.)

For renting or purchasing media.  Mini-Grant applications for Media will be forwarded to OID’s Instructional Media Collections & Services (IMCS) at For assistance call (310) 206-5392.


For honoraria to distinguished experts visiting undergraduate courses.  You must include the name of your guest speaker, their place of employment and the lecture topic.  Honoraria are limited to a maximum $150.00 per guest speaker and a maximum of $300.00 in honoraria per class per quarter.   Full-time UC faculty, staff and students are ineligible to receive honoraria.


To offset the cost of student transportation to field instruction sites within California.


Only software that is uniquely applicable to the undergraduate course will be funded.  This does not include general-purpose software such as word-processing, graphics, spreadsheet, photo, statistical or database software. The OID Teaching Enhancement Center (TEC) offers faculty hands-on support in using general-purpose software and computer equipment. They can be contacted at (310) 206-4599.


Mini-Grant funds cannot be used for:

  •     Travel
  •     Lodging
  •     Parking
  •     Per diem
  •     Publicity
  •     Food/Beverage
  •     Admission fees
  •     Books  
  •     Computer hardware or peripheral equipment
  •     Conference Registration fees
  •     UCLA Extension or Summer session courses



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