ITL Mini-Grant Program

The Institute for Teaching & Learning (ITL) is pleased to announce a call for mini-grant applications for the academic year 2021-2022. The ITL Mini-Grant Program (formerly the Office of Assessment mini-grant program) provides funds for small projects to help build a campus culture focused on teaching, learning, and assessment towards student success. Project funding will be capped at $300, with up to $10,000 in funding available to campus.

ITL has significantly shifted the focus of these grants in order to support a wide variety of projects, equipment, training, and other ideas. Mini-grant project applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, and funds will be available through the end of May 2022. Please submit requests at least two weeks ahead of a planned project so that ITL has sufficient time to review and arrange funding.

Successfully funded projects will be focused on actionable ideas that can be implemented easily into a classroom, event, meeting, or other learning spaces. Examples of these projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • Additional pay to create and deliver a professional development workshop, training, or activity for faculty or staff. Topics could be focused on the program, department, college, or university levels.
  • Funding to bring in an outside presenter for faculty and/or staff professional development. Topics could be focused on the program, department, college, or university levels.
  • Funding classroom equipment, such as microphones, video cameras whiteboards for students, scratch-off cards, or manipulatives 
  • An app that creates interactive experiences in student organizations meetings
  • An advanced presentation remote that allows a presenter to interact uniquely during lectures or presentations
  • Honoraria or small appreciation gifts for guest presenters (non-YSU)
  • Travel expenses for off-campus class visits.
  • Funding catering or incentives (non-monetary value) for participation in teaching and learning or continuous improvement activities. For example:
    • Focus groups
    • Workshops
    • Artifact scoring calibration

All applications are submitted online through the Mini-Grant Application Form.

Please review application guidelines including evaluation criteria and updated responsibilities of grant winners. Funding will begin July 1, 2021, with spending of mini-grant funds completed by May 15, 2022. 

Please note some significant changes made to improve the mini-grant program in 2021:

  • Mini-grant recipients will no longer be required to submit a poster at the completion of their mini-grant. As an alternative, mini-grant recipients will decide how they plan to disseminate results and note that plan in their application. Examples of sharing could include a one-page reflection report, how-to-guide, workshop, website, or article.
  • This program is discontinuing funding faculty and staff travel to conferences as ITL is looking at a separate travel funds program. However, the mini-grant will continue to fund local travel for things such as a classroom or industry visits outside of YSU that may enhance teaching/learning. The grant program will also continue to fund paying for travel for outside speakers or consultants to come to campus.
  • The University is tightening guidelines regarding providing student incentives. Projects requesting student incentives with a monetary value (e.g. gift cards) will be asked to substitute alternative incentives such as promotional items.
  • Mini-grant applications are reviewed by ITL staff using an evaluation rubric. Applicants will be notified of a decision within two weeks of submission.