SERS grant funds are designed to support new and existing campus services or programs that
The focus of programs in this category should be the achievement of measurable improvement in the engagement, retention and success of identified categories of students (see eligibility requirements below).
Two project types will be considered for funding in this category:
Grants are designed to provide short-term funds to augment campus funding (non-A&D funding) for campus services or programs – not to substitute for ongoing funding from the institution.
Single institution proposals from TBR colleges and TBR locally governed institutions (LGI) are eligible for consideration.
Collaborative proposals between TBR colleges and other entities (educational institution, LEA, agency, community group, etc.) are eligible for consideration.
Collaborative proposals between TBR LGI and TBR colleges are eligible for consideration
Collaborative grant proposals require that each partnering entity provide a letter of commitment to the project from a senior administrator of the organization. The TBR institution submitting the application must serve as the fiscal partner in the event the project is funded.
Ineligible costs include:
Program Type Maximum Funding
Program Enhancement $25,000
Pilot Program $15,000
Priority Categories and Preferences:
A. Collaborative Proposal:
In the case of similar project proposals, funding preference will be given to collaborative grant proposals.
B. High Impact Practices
HIP Focus Areas identified as part of TBR's High Impact Practice Initiative as of December 2016: ePortoflios; service-learning; certifications; undergraduate research; learning communities; work-based learning; first-year seminars/experience; honors programs; study abroad; technology-enhanced learning
Requirements for HIP Priority funding:
Award decisions will be communicated to applicants and institution officials by end of March 2017. Notifications will be simultaneously sent to the Project Director, Diversity Contact and President/Director of each institution. This will be followed by a Letter of Understanding (LOU) that must be signed by the institution. The institution should take steps to ensure that other required project funding is available prior to signing and returning the LOU. The Letter of Understanding requires that the project be implemented as proposed. Upon receipt of the signed LOU the funding payment schedule will be as follows:
1/3 of the grant total will be paid after July 1, 2017;
1/3 of the project costs will be paid upon receipt of the February 2, 2018 mid-term project report;
Costs for remaining actual expenditures will be reimbursed after receipt of the August 4, 2018 final report.
Application revisions: Any proposed major change(s) to the scope of services or personnel must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org for approval.
Budget revisions: Any budget reallocations between line items that exceed 10% of the total budget or $1,000.00 (whichever is greatest) require prior, written approval. All budget reallocations must be approved prior to June 30, 2018. Requests for budget reallocation approval should be submitted to email@example.com.
Reallocations of less than 10% or $1,000.00 (whichever is greatest) may be made at the discretion of the institution.
Extensions: We typically do not approve requests for extensions that would cause the grant period to extend beyond the fiscal year. Any requests for extensions must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org no later April 28, 2018. The request must include a justification of the need for such an extension and have documentation of approval from the Director or President.
Final Report: A narrative or end of project report including a report of final expenditures and project outcomes must be submitted to email@example.com by September 1, 2018. All reports must be submitted by the due date. Information about the content and format of this report will be included with the award notification letters. Final payment of grant funds will not be transmitted prior to submission of the final report.
Non-compliance with any post-award requirements may result in denial of future grant applications.
Proposal submission deadline was February 24, 2017.