Call for Proposals

Global Grant proposals to support projects and events that will take place during the 2017-2018 academic year​. Funding is available to support a variety of selected activities (speakers, field trips, professional development, campus events, and more) that center on any topic concerning the idea or practice of global citizenship. This includes, but is not limited to, our annual theme of The Promise and Peril of a Global Community​

Please direct any questions to globalcitizenship@smc.edu 

        To view pictures and recaps of last year's global grant projects and events, 
                               please visit the Global Grants Recaps Page​
In preparing proposals, you may wish to consider SMC's Vision, Mission, and Goals, as well as the college's official definition of global citizenship:
To be a global citizen, one is knowledgeable of peoples, customs and cultures in regions of the world beyond one's own; understands the interdependence that holds both promise and peril for the future of the global community; and is committed to combining one’s learning with a dedication to foster a livable, sustainable world.
Over the last several years, our initiative often has revolved around the following areas of interest and concern:
  • Cross-cultural understanding: awareness of the diversity of cultures, ideas, and practices found among the world’s peoples, and of the historical, geographical, and philosophical contexts through which such cross-cultural understanding is developed;
  • Interconnectedness of global systems: investigating the ways in which cultural, economic, ecological, political, and social systems interact, contributing to global trends while impacting lives at the local scale;
  • Ecological literacy: promoting understanding of the “footprint” we are leaving on our global environments, and of the ideas and practices of sustainable living;
  • International students: developing ways to better support and build community within our international student populations, and build enlightening bridges between our international and domestic students;
  • Global citizenship in thought and action: philosophical examination of the idea of global citizenship, and applied practice of those ideas and values through community service, political action, and social entrepreneurship.
  • As in the past, we favor proposals that are student centered, such as developing a research project, event, or publication in which students are featured contributors. Our aim is to impact a large and diverse population of our students rather than a few who are part of a select program. Building capacity means creating scalable programs, developing expertise among faculty in the classroom and those leading our programs, and building the campus “know how” to accomplish our goals.
  • The Global Council will review the proposals and forward its recommendations to Kathryn Jeffery, President/Superintendent for final selection.

Global Grants Availability

  • This year there are three total grants available, as outlined below:
  • 3 Grants with a maximum award amount of $3,000.00, can be individual or interdisciplinary, may or may not be related to this year’s annual theme: The Promise and Peril of a Global Community​, must be related to Global Citizenship
  • The Global Council will review the proposals and forward its recommendations to the Dr. Kathryn Jeffery, President/Superintendent for final selection
  • ​Events must take place during the Fall 2017 semester


  • Due to the fact that global grants are awarded with district funds, and as such, require prior approval by various departments and senior staff, all projects must adhere to their set deadlines and project description.  Any changes must be submitted to the Global Council for review, approval, and submission to senior staff.
  • Absolutely NO agreements or contracts (implied, verbal, or in writing) can be made with vendors, contractors, or any person or organization without prior approval by the Board of Trustees (where necessary), Risk Management (where necessary), Fiscal Services, and Purchasing.
  • No purchases can be made by any SMC faculty or staff for the event.  Any purchases or agreements made without prior approval by the proper contacts is at the sole expense of the purchaser.
  • No funds can be paid to any SMC faculty, staff or student for any involvement, planning, and/or assistance with the project.
  • Funds cannot be used for the purchase of food or catering.
  • Funds cannot be used for the purchase of gift cards 
  • Funds cannot be used for attendance at conferences

Speakers, Performers, Contractors

  • If your event involves any speakers or performers coming to campus, or work being performed by any contractor/vendor (an organization or individual), they must receive prior approval by the Board of Trustees.  You will receive information about submitting your speaker/performer information for the Board of Trustees agenda.  Board of Trustees meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month.  You should plan to have your speaker information ready for the BOT agenda at least two weeks prior to the meeting, and should be put on the agenda 2 months prior to your event (if you event is December 5, you should plan to have Board of Trustees approval during the September meeting).
  • No marketing or advertising of the event can take place prior to the Board’s approval. 
  • All guest speakers/performers must complete a “Scope of Work” outlining their appearance and cost, an Independent Consultant Agreement, in addition to the Vendor Data Record,W-9 form and CA 590 form.    
  •  All speakers, performers, presenters, or contractors will be required to submit any document(s) required by Internal Revenue Service regulations as a condition of payment.  Required documentation may include a U.S. Government issued Employer Identification Number (EIN), Social Security Number (SSN), Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), or a foreign tax identification number (foreign TIN). 

Event Planning and Logistics

  • The staff of the International Education Center will assist with paperwork and approvals related to the Board of Trustees, and fiscal and purchasing signatures and payments.
  • Please see the table below for who is responsible for which areas of the event logistics:

​Task ​Responsibility
Determining event details and needs
​Project Coordinator
​Booking rooms, requesting set-up needs
​Project Coordinator
Requesting quotes, costs, and scope of work*
​Project Coordinator
Preparing agenda item for Board of Trustees approval
​IEC with Project Coordinator
​Preparing paperwork for fiscal/purchasing approvals and purchase order issuance IEC with Project Coordinator​
​Event day logistics, hosting, coordination ​Project Coordinator
​Invoicing for payment of services/supplies ​Vendor/Contractor​​
​​​​​Purchasing of supplies and materials using grant funds​​SMC Purchasing Dept

*Please note that pricing quotes should explicitly be quotes ONLY and not any kind of agreement (implied, verbal, or written) of payment for services rendered.  Any and all expenditures must be approved by fiscal services and purchasing prior to any agreement, contract, or purchase being made.


  • If your event involves any travel anywhere off campus such as a local field trip, you must have all participants complete the required forms.  Please contact Risk Management for these forms.



Post Event

  • Following your event, please plan to send 2-3 photos and a short paragraph event summary to post on the Global Citizenship website to share with the campus community.