Five College Consortium

Funding Opportunities for Staff

Five College Administrative Fund

Groups seeking to carry out a one-time collaboration in the interests of professional development or work-related training may apply to this fund for support. Awards in the range of a few hundred dollars are available to groups of staff representing all five campuses.

Five College Fund for Long-Term Initiatives

This fund supports innovative forms of collaboration of a larger and more long-term scale. Grants from this fund may also be used to support studies examining the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of new forms of collaboration. Groups working in any administrative area within the five colleges are welcome to apply. Projects eligible for support are those that:

  • introduce cooperation into new administrative areas;
  • rely on multi-campus planning and implementation;
  • evidence investment from all five campuses;
  • involve staff from at least three campuses;
  • have secured funding, when appropriate, from institutional and other sources.

Proposals to this fund may be submitted throughout the year but must be submitted at least one month prior to the date the project is scheduled to begin, and should include the following information:

  1. A description of the sponsoring administrative group(s), including the names of individuals engaged in planning, and the contact person for the group;
  2. A description of the proposed project and an assessment of its outcomes and value for each of the participating institutions;
  3. A budget that includes projected costs and anticipated sources of revenue exclusive of Five College funding.

Funding decisions are made by senior officers in the appropriate adminstrative areas, in consultation with the PBOs. Questions regarding the application process may be addressed to the Five College Executive Director, Neal B. Abraham, or the Five College Treasurer, Barbara Lucey.

Lecture Fund

Eligibility guidelines have changed for 2018-19. Please review this page and the application carefully before submitting your proposal.

The Five College Lecture Fund annually supports smaller scale cross-campus initiatives such as lectures, performances, and small exhibitions. All proposals should demonstrate a high degree of cross-campus collaboration and benefit. Proposals that include engagement with elementary or secondary schools are particularly welcome and may qualify for supplementary funding.

Eligibility requirements:

Events must include components that are free and open to the public.

Five College faculty members must be allowed to participate at no cost.

The collaborative nature of the event must be demonstrated through:

    • Faculty members from at least 3 campuses substantively involved in event planning OR
    • Events are sited on at least 2 campuses OR
    • Event received financial/in-kind contributions from at least 3 campuses OR
    • A combination thereof


  • $250-$2,000 per event
  • Up to 75% of total event budget
  • 30-35 awards granted annually 


Rolling. Please apply at least 4­ to 6 weeks before your event is scheduled to take place.

To apply

Applications should be sent by email to Brian Acevedo ( and Sue Dickman ( Submissions must include an application form and a detailed budget as an editable spreadsheet. To download: 


Contact Sue Dickman, Interim Director for Academic Programs, for more information: or (413) 542-4023.