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The Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association

MAWCA Emergency Grants

Maximum individual grant allocation- $1000  Minimum individual grant allocation - $500

This funding opportunity is broadly construed as supporting writing center programs during COVID-19. It’s no secret that writing centers often lack sufficient funding, especially in times of crisis. Funding may be used for:

  • Provide staffing or administrative support. 

  • Purchase materials to be used for training.

  • Make one-time purchases of technology/equipment that will directly enhance the work of the center.

  • Seed money to develop a research project. 

  • Hold workshops/events.

  • Enable collaboration with the local community on writing related projects.

Emergency Support Grant Process:

Application forms available on the website. Two board members must conduct rolling monthly review and forward to the executive board to vote on allocation of funds.

Guidelines for Proposal

Proposals must include:

1. A narrative that includes:

  • A description of funding allocation

  • Impact analysis (ie. How will this benefit your goals?)

  • Describe how the results will be reported

2. A budget, including demonstration of need, and whether or not partial funding could be accepted.

3.  A timeline for allocation and reporting. 

We will give special consideration to applications from researchers/institutions that are underrepresented in writing center research. 

Application Requirements:

  1. Member of MAWCA

Application Restrictions:

  1. May not be used for dissertation projects.

  2. May not be used for release time.

  3. May not be used for outside evaluators or consultants.

Expectations of Award Recipient:

  1. Final report detailing allocation.


Significance, relevance, generalizability:

  • Does the project address an important need?

Methods and feasibility:

  • Are the methods appropriate and clearly described?


  • Not required but helpful: Does the proposal aim to support populations or settings that have been underrepresented?

Cost Effectiveness:

  • Does the budget clearly explain all costs and expenditures?

  • Does the budget (or narrative) explain why certain items are justified?

Sharing of project findings:

  • A plan for dissemination of the project findings is included.

MAWCA Members should send applications to president@mawca.org

MAWCA Grants: Mini-Regional, Center Development, & Research

MAWCA offers three types of grants of funds to members in our region to promote regional development, the development of under resourced centers, and writing center research by administrators. 

MAWCA Research Grant for the Advancement of Underrepresented Writing Center Professionals

Award: Up to $1000

This grant assists writing center administrators from underrepresented populations in the Mid-Atlantic region in funding research projects that draw on their own linguistic and cultural perspectives, advancing the knowledge of theory and practice in writing center studies. Special consideration will be given to applications from institutions who serve historically underrepresented populations in writing center research. For example, Black, Latinx, Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander scholars. 

Our goal in funding this grant is to give back to our members and to diversify the scholarship being produced in our region. The grant will enable writing center administrators of color or administrators from institutions that serve historically underserved populations to:

  • Purchase software or technology for carrying out research (coding software, cameras, microphones, etc.)

  • Hire professional consultants or experts (for software instruction, coding review, transcription)

  • Travel to conduct research

  • Pay stipends for research subjects

  • Cover other costs directly associated with research projects (excluding funds for attending conferences, overhead, etc.)

Applications are due January 15, 2021. Grant funds must be used between February 1, 2021 and January 1, 2022. 

Application Requirements

  1. The grant recipient and the recipient’s center must be a member(s) of MAWCA in good standing.

  2. Must not have received the grant in the last two years.

Application Restrictions

  1. May not be used for release time.

  2. MAWCA Executive Board members who are on the scholarship/grants committee are excluded from applying. 

Proposal Guidelines

Research must address an area of inquiry in writing centers. Proposals must include:

1. The name, email address, institutional affiliation, and a brief (300-word max.) biography of the primary applicant.

2. A narrative (500 - 1,000 words) that includes:

  • A description of the research problem/question

  • Related literature in writing center studies

  • Methodology and rationale

  • Significance in local context and for the field as a whole

  • Describe how the results will be shared professionally

3. A research plan and timeline.

4. A budget, including demonstration of need, and whether or not partial funding could be accepted.

 5. A brief (300 words max) statement describing membership in an underrepresented population. (This could be administrator’s membership in an underrepresented population, center staff’s membership in underrepresented population, or institution that serves historically underrepresented populations.) 

Email the President to submit your application. 

MAWCA is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity. 
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