Proposals for Collaborative Grants Program Invited for Two 2021-2022 Dockets

Posted on April 16, 2021

The Ohio Five Collaborative Grants Program will offer two dockets for proposers to submit requests for collaborative grant funding in the 2021-22 academic year. The first proposal deadline is August 15, 2021, for projects beginning after September 1, with a subsequent December 15 deadline for projects beginning after January 1, 2022. Projects may last up to 12 months.

The new grants program invites proposals from faculty, staff and/or administrators for projects that encourage collaboration among divisions and among Ohio Five campuses and:

  • foster scholarship and innovation
  • address changing student needs in the classroom and broader college experience
  • improve our colleges’ competitive advantage in student and faculty recruitment
  • realize cost-savings or cost avoidance ideas

The Collaborative Grant Program will support projects developed by two or more member colleges, which may be proposed by full-time faculty members, administrators, and/or staff. Designed to promote shared community across the colleges, the infusion of new ideas and skills to address college priorities, and creative problem-solving, the program will award grant funds up to $5,000 for projects that support:

  • Innovative Teaching and Learning, including new approaches and skill development in service of teaching, particularly those that respond to changing needs of students. Approaches include shared courses, team-taught courses, integration of technology in teaching, and joint initiatives with student affairs and other collegiate divisions.
  • Staff Programming and Development, especially the pooling of resources to address common staff professional development needs in shared workshops, conferences, and training.
  • Supporting Diverse Students, Faculty Members and Employees to foster the development of our campuses as welcoming, diverse communities, especially projects that strengthen the collaboration between academic and student affairs divisions.
  • Initiating Collaborative Learning Communities to deepen collaboration, promote the sharing of best practices, and develop joint projects among peer colleagues and departments at two or more colleges.
  • Conferences, Workshops and Symposia to Address Key Issues that respond to the program’s priorities or respond to a significant need or development identified across our campuses.
  • Start-up Funding for Cost-Savings Ideas developed by two or more colleges.

The Collaborative Grants Program replaces grant-funded, faculty-only mini-grant programs that were previously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that began in 2014 and will conclude during the upcoming academic year. The program was developed by a five-college committee of faculty, deans, librarians, and financial officers who reviewed consortial grants programs across the country and devised the new guidelines. The committee, appointed by the Ohio Five presidents, will approve grant requests in a fall and spring docket. Interested groups should review the Ohio Five Collaborative Grants Program Guidelines or contact Sarah Stone, Ohio Five Executive Director, at