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SCALE - Grants

Scope of the Affordable Learning Institutional Grant Program

Eligible Participants

The grant application must be submitted by an individual affiliated with a PASCAL member institution library. Grant funding will be disbursed to the member institution library. Regardless of the participation of individual faculty or staff members, the funding is tied to the institution so the requesting library should plan to see the grant through to completion regardless of staff and faculty turnover. 

All active PASCAL institutional members are eligible to apply for one grant per round of funding.

Types of Activities

The goal of the SCALE Affordable Learning Grants program is to expand the availability of course materials that are free of cost to our students by providing funds to member institutions to support approaches they deem most effective for their individual situation. Acceptable grant proposals may support:

  • increasing institutional awareness of affordable learning resources on their campus,
  • promoting faculty course use of library licensed materials in their teaching, including materials provided by PASCAL,
  • creating or expanding programs that encourage the adoption, revision, or development of Open Educational Resources (OER).

Funding

Applicants may submit a proposal for one of three funding tiers.   

Tier One: Up to $1,000

Projects that will require funding of no more than $1,000 should apply for a tier one grant. A budget justification and breakdown should be attached to this application. Recipients are expected to complete their project within the proposed timeline and should provide reports detailing actual costs and a progress report half-way through the project and should submit a follow-up cost report and outcomes assessment by the close of the project to PASCAL. Possible examples: Program for campus awareness, faculty textbook review stipends.

 

Tier Two: $1,001- $2,500

Projects that will require funding of at least $1,001 but no more than $2,500 should apply for a tier two grant. A budget justification and breakdown should be attached to this application. Recipients are expected to complete their project within the proposed timeline and should provide reports detailing actual costs and a progress report half-way through the project and should submit a follow-up cost report and outcomes assessment by the close of the project to PASCAL. Possible examples: Creation of ancillary materials for existing open textbooks, faculty course transformation stipends.

 

Tier Three: $2,501- $5,000

Projects that will require funding of at least $2,501 but no more than $5,000 should apply for a tier three grant. A budget justification and breakdown should be attached to this application. Recipients are expected to complete their project within the proposed timeline and should provide reports detailing actual costs and a progress report half-way through the project and should submit a follow-up cost report and outcomes assessment by the close of the project to PASCAL. Possible examples: Creation of open textbooks, subscription to a support service for creating or editing open textbooks.

 

For questions regarding the scope of the program, please contact Amy Trepal (atrepal@pascalsc.org).

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