The Computer Science Collaboration Project (CSCP) offered a one-time opportunity for mini-grant funding as an incentive for collaborative projects to efficiently increase the participation of K-12 youth with disabilities and Hispanic/Latino(a) youth in computer science. These mini-grants were designed to build collaboration between participants from K-12 settings, community-based organizations, higher education, and industry to encourage underrepresented youth to explore and/or pursue computer science educational programs and careers. In addition to these awarded mini-grants, CSCP activities include ongoing in-person and online collaboration opportunities, dissemination of exemplary practices via a website, webinars, and professional development events.

Mini-Grant AmountsThe mini-grants were considered seed funding and were not intended to fully fund entire projects. Funding levels were up to $3,000 for Engaging Youth with Disabilities mini-grants and up to $5,000 for the Engaging Hispanic/Latino(a) Youth mini-grants. All applications required two or more collaborating partners. Collaborating partners could be from K-12 settings, community-based organizations, higher education, and industry.

Use of Mini-Grant Funds:  Funds had to be used for direct programming needs for projects that occurred within the period of January 1, 2012 to October 31, 2012. Allowable uses of funds were essential project/activity supplies, accessibility accommodations, transportation for participants, food for events/meetings, and stipends. Funds could not be used for expenses such as, but not limited to, alcoholic beverages, indirect charges/administrative overhead, capital expenditures and computer hardware (servers, desktops, laptops, etc.).