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Presidential Grant Program

Presidential Grant Program

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 funded projects:

  • 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 considering financial workshops for their trustees or personnel may wish to consult this list of key financial questions to consider from University Business:


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

Presidential Grants for Alternate Academic Delivery

To assist campuses as they bolster the depth and quality of their undergraduate online and hybrid academic program delivery, the Davis Educational Foundation is releasing a special edition of the Presidential Grant Program.

Presidential Grants for Alternate Academic Delivery of up to $25,000 are available to augment institutional efforts.  We wish to recognize the important role of faculty development for innovations that modify and increase the flexibility of academic program 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.