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Regional Development

MAWCA is dedicated to providing support, networking opportunities, and professional development to those working in/interested in writing centers across the region. We do this through our annual conference, our writers' and new directors' summer retreats, and through funding regional development events focused on professional development or social/networking events. 

We encourage you to consider hosting an event this year. Any and all events that benefit members of MAWCA will be considered. We budget a total of $1,500 each year for regional events. Please indicate the amount you need to host your event. For example, $250 to $500 might be reasonable to host a regional meeting to cover the expense of food and materials. Or $100 might be reasonable to host a social. Funds are disbursed on a refund basis. Complete this form to request funding for an email. Also email Jen Callaghan (president@mawca.org) to indicate a request has been made because the website does not notify us automatically. 

MAWCA Emergency Support Grant

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