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Presidential Grant Program Eligibility & Application

Eligibility & Application for the Presidential Grant Program

Eligible institutions include all four-year public and private, non-profit baccalaureate granting institutions based in New England. Current grantees are eligible for Presidential Grants.

The Presidential Grant Program exists alongside the Foundation's implementation grants for its teaching and learning and cost-containment objectives. Funding through the Presidential Grant program does not affect eligibility for teaching and learning grants or future larger scale cost-containment grants. 

Send a letter of no more than two pages describing proposed activities, timeframe, anticipated outcome, requested amount and project leader. Projects must address cost containment and student affordability. Please see the program description page for examples of eligible projects.

Institutions successfully completing Level One grants will be eligible to apply for follow-up Level Two grants. Campuses that have already engaged their community around this topic may apply for Level Two funding. 

Funding decisions are made on a monthly basis for requests received by the first day of the month. 


The funding period for the Presidential Grants for Alternate Academic Delivery has now closed. Details about the program are included here for informational purposes.

Eligibility & Application for the Presidential Grants for Alternate Academic Delivery

All not-for-profit, accredited four-year degree granting colleges and universities in New England are eligible, regardless of currently-held DEF grants. Funds may be used for faculty development that leverages internal or external expertise, actively engages faculty to build continuing capacity and may include new technologies such as hardware, software, licenses, OER or other resources. Eligible expenses may be incurred between May 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021.  Deadlines for submission are the 1st and 15th of each month between May 15 and September 1, 2020. Awards will be made within one week of each deadline.

The final deadline for the expanded Presidential Grant program is September 1, 2020.

Expenses not eligible for grant funding include those incurred prior to May 1, off or onsite facility fees, marketing, recruitment and other non-academic expenses.

To apply please email ([email protected]) a letter from the President that includes a statement of institutional intent, a brief description of current capacity and activities planned to close the gap between the two. Please include an anticipated timeframe for funded activity. A detailed budget is not required with the submission. We will, however, ask you to explain how the funds were spent, what results you attained after completion of funded activities, and what you learned that might benefit other institutions.