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Implementation Grants 

Applicants are urged to contact program staff well in advance of the submission deadline to discuss proposal ideas and to confirm eligibility. All submissions must be coordinated through the college or university development office. 

2020 Submission deadlines. Applications must be received in the foundation office by noon on:

March 13, May 15, and October 1

NOTE: If your campus is preparing a submission for the October 1, 2020 deadline and is unable to submit paper copies, please contact Davis Educational Foundation staff by by Monday, September 21 and provide electronic copies by end of day on Monday, September 28.


Eligible institutions meet the following conditions:

  • Are public or private and not-for-profit.
  • Are regionally-accredited baccalaureate degree granting.
  • Are located in one of the six New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
  • Are single institutions or consortia of eligible institutions.

The foundation uses the Carnegie Foundation basic classification to determine eligibility of institutions newly-approved to offer the four year degree. A college is an eligible baccalaureate degree granting institution once it awards 10 percent of its degrees as four year degrees.

The foundation reserves the right to deem institutions placed on probation by the regional accrediting agency as ineligible. 

The foundation typically does not award concurrent grants to institutions. The concurrent award restriction does not apply to institutions participating in consortia-funded grants or those awarded funding under the Presidential Grant Program. If there is any question about your institution’s eligibility, please do not submit an application without first contacting the foundation.

Endowments, scholarships, and capital campaign requests are not eligible for funding.