Thanks to an outstanding investment by philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott, the Community Excellent Grant Program at Pasadena City College helps elevate exceptional ideas that advance PCC’s mission, vision, and values.

PCC has established a reputation as an innovator and creative space for educating students. Our faculty, staff, and students uncover new ideas and best practices, and we make a practice of disseminating these to our colleagues and peer institutions. This grant program supercharges these innate qualities of our culture, providing seed funding and experimentation space to nurture, test, and scale up new projects and approaches to educating.

This grant program aims to find the best and most impactful ideas within our diverse community and give them resources and energy to take root and grow. Programs funded with a Community Excellence Grant will be:

  • In service to PCC’s students, faculty, and staff;
  • Avenues for deepened connections between the college and communities across our district;
  • Spaces for intentional enhancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Seen as signature demonstrations of PCC’s approach to education, pedagogy, and/or community college administration;
  • Expected to demonstrate results within one year of grant award;
  • Designed to maximize the impact of a one-time grant through this program;
  • Operated in accordance with PCC’s board policies and administrative procedures.

The Community Excellence Fund provides approximately $1 million in funding for this program each year. Grants are made annually with a maximum of two years to successfully complete the project.  A final report/presentation will be required upon completion.

The next cycle of Community Excellence Grants will begin in early 2023.  Check back regularly for details on grant application training and other information.


Community Excellence Grant FAQ's

This grant program aims to find the best and most impactful ideas within our diverse community and give them resources and energy to take root and grow. Programs funded with a Community Excellence Grant will be:

  • In service to PCC’s students, faculty, and staff;
  • Avenues for deepened connections between the college and communities across our district;
  • Spaces for intentional enhancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Seen as signature demonstrations of PCC’s approach to education, pedagogy, and/or community college administration;
  • Expected to demonstrate results within one year of grant award;
  • Designed to maximize the impact of a one-time grant through this program;
  • Operated in accordance with PCC’s board policies and administrative procedures.

There will be up to $1 million allocated annually to outstanding new programs and initiatives through this program.  

Think big!  We are looking to fund creative and exciting new initiatives.  There has been no cap determined as of yet.

Applications opened on January 31st and are due by 11:59pm on Friday, March 4th.  Grant recipients will be announced at the “Above and Beyond” Awards on April 19th.  Funds will be available on July 1st, 2022.  

We are funding programs through a two-year grant period.  Projects funded on July 1st, 2022 must be completed by June 30, 2024.  
  • We are not funding upgrades to an individual’s equipment, funding individual travel, or granting individual stipends.
  • The grant program was not designed to supplant funding, but rather enhance it.
  • We will not fund anything which violates or is in conflict with district policies.
  • Original, innovative, exciting, different, unique….as it pertains to student success!
  • Details, details, details!  
  • A realistic spending plan
  • Think strategically!  
  • What CAN you do if awarded this funding as opposed to what you won’t be able to do if you don’t have the funding
  • If you are not fully funded, what is your Plan “B”?

Here are the specific questions you will need to complete in the application:

  1. What is your name?  (Please also list the names of all co-applicants and/or co-sponsors.)
  2. What is your email address?
  3. What, EXACTLY, are you requesting?
  4. Please describe in detail how your requested project/initiative benefits students, faculty, and staff at PCC.
  5. How will you make that difference occur? What are the activities that will be involved in your project?
  6. How will you know that the project is successful? How will you measure the attainment of your project goals?
  7. Please upload a document explaining your budget. If possible, this document may be an itemized spreadsheet with detailed information which indicates any matching funds available. (If this much detail is not possible, do not let that get in the way of an application – a budget narrative will suffice.)
  8. Which school/department/division(s) are represented in this request?
  9. Department/Division Reference:  please list a name and email address for your department/divisional director or dean who will oversee the facilitation of your grant request if approved.

Yes!  You can upload up to two files (PDF's, Word Docs, Excel Docs) and two images.

 The PCC Foundation is using Blackbaud Award Management for the application and review of Grant Applications.  CLICK HERE to access the application.  You will need to login using your LancerPoint credentials.

 YES.   You'll be able to access recorded workshops HERE and HERE.

Please reach out to Kris McPeak at kmmcpeak@pasadena.edu or you can call her at x7078.