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Presidential Grant Program

Extended to June 2017

First announced in May of 2015, the Presidential Grant Program seeks to assist college and university leaders in laying the foundation for campus-specific or collaborative initiatives to redesign ongoing practices with intent to contain cost increases and improve college affordability. 

Two Levels of Funding 

Level One -- up to $2,500 for first-step awareness building activities that broadly engage the campus community. 

Level Two -- up to $10,000 for follow-up or longer term, deeper exploration or pilot initiatives. 

The maximum grant term is one year.

Examples of projects funded in 2015

  • Exploration and implementation of accelerated degree programs
  • Administrative or academic restructuring
  • Financial and economic literacy programs
  • Curricular efficiency surveys
  • Institutional strategic planning 

See the Foundation's grant history search page for a complete listing of Presidential and Implementation Grants addressing cost and student affordability.

Use of Funds

  • Collect, prepare and present campus data and related information to create greater awareness among faculty, staff and administrators of the current status and trends regarding institutional finances, student affordability and related trends
  • Hire a consultant or facilitator 
  • Convene a task force or committee(s) around alternative approaches to administrative, student and/or academic delivery, including open educational resources and text books
  • Conduct a retreat for senior administrators and trustees
  • Convene potential collaborating institutions to explore administrative practices, student support, and/or academic cost saving initiatives.

Applicants may wish to consult the NEBHE Higher Education Innovation Challenge Toolkit http://www.nebhe.org/innovation-challenge/ for their institutional indicators tool, articles, and other relevant resources.