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Core Capacities Grants

This grant is part of the Mellon Curricular Implementation Grant.

Grant funds may be used for a variety of expenses including:

  1. The purchase of books, software, and other materials
  2. Travel to conferences or workshops
  3. Honoraria and travel expenses for scholars invited to Trinity

These are just a few of the many possibilities. All funded projects must directly contribute to the development of teaching skills pertaining to one of the below-named Core Capacities.


Academic Affairs and the Collaborative actively seek courses that satisfy the following three core capacities: WC (written communication); OVC (oral and visual communication); and DL (digital literacy). DL capacities embedded within humanities and social science courses are especially encouraged.

Note: TLEARN links to the UCC forms (and associated learning outcomes for the capacities) are here.

Application Submission Guide

To apply for funding, please send Thomas Jenkins (tjenkins [at] an email with the following information:

  •  A brief—less than one paragraph—description of the course that you would like to create or revise.
  •  A brief—less than one page—explanation of the way in which the proposed or revised course will meet the requirements for a given core capacity. 
  •  A proposed timeline for course development, with a projected date for the submission of the proposal to the University Curriculum Council.
  •  The likely frequency of offering for this course.
  • A projected budget.

We will also need to receive an email from your department chair (or chairs, in the case of a proposal that crosses departmental boundaries) confirming that the department (or departments) will be able to support the regular offering of this course. The frequency of offering, as mentioned above, can be determined only if your department chair is directly involved in the planning process.  Proposals will be evaluated by Academic Affairs and the Collaborative for Learning and Teaching.

We will consider proposals from individual faculty members or from faculty teams. Group proposals might come from a single department or from multiple departments.

Questions? Please drop a line to Thomas Jenkins at tjenkins [at]