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Faculty, Staff, and Student Support Initiatives Grants

Applications for Faculty, Staff, and Student Support Initiatives Grants (2017 – 2018) have not yet opened. Grant applications should open in the near future. Please review the information below to better prepare for the 2017 – 2018 application process once it opens.

Program Overview

The Experience Learning Faculty/Staff/Student Support Initiatives grant program recognizes that experiential learning happens in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities as well as academic courses and curricular experiences. Therefore, this program seeks to support, enhance, and expand experiential learning activities and projects.

The purpose of these grants are to strengthen the design and implementation of co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities incorporating one or more of the 12 types of experiential learning identified in our university’s Quality Enhancement Plan.

Need for this Program

The Experience Learning Faculty/Staff/Student Support Initiatives grant program is an important part of our university’s QEP, approved by our accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, in the spring of 2015.

The EL Faculty/Staff/Student Support Initiatives grants will provide funds to help the university bolster existing co-curricular and extra-curricular experiential learning opportunities, as well as empower faculty, staff, and students to create new activities and opportunities as mentioned within the university’s strategic plan, Vol Vision 2020.

Nomination and Award Process

Faculty members and staff members do not need to be nominated in order to apply for a grant. However, student groups who choose to apply for a grant must have the support of a full-time faculty or staff member in order to qualify to apply for a grant.

Funding for each grant will be available up to $2000 per grant depending on the project needs and available funding. Funds will be spent by the end of the current fiscal year (June 30, 2017.)

Experience Learning Faculty/Staff/Student Initiatives grants are intended to directly support or facilitate student learning. Funds cannot be used for:

  • Background checks
  • T-shirts
  • Individual student travel
  • Individual or group insurance
  • Other expenses as determined by the proposal review team

The Experience Learning Faculty/Staff/Student Support Initiatives Grant Review Team will review all submissions and award funds to those proposals that are strongly aligned with the goals of the university’s QEP and the priorities of Vol Vision 2020. Funds will be distributed with the desire to support and enhance co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities across our campus.

Apply for a Faculty/Staff/Student Support Initiatives Grant

Additional Information for Applicants 

  • Funding for each grant will be available up to $2000 per grant depending on the project needs and available funding. Funds will be spent by the end of the current fiscal year (June 30, 2017.)
  • The Experience Learning Risk Manager will serve as a resource for opportunities that are seen as having “high risk” or “high liability” for faculty members, student participants, alumni, or others associated with the university, in order to help mitigate and decrease the risks associated with this experience prior to the implementation of the course.

Program Timeline

Spring 2017

  • Apply for an Experience Learning Grant. Applications will be accepted on first-come, first-serve basis.
  • As applications are reviewed, applicants will be contacted about the status of their application. Applicants can expect an update about the status of their application within 2 weeks from the day they submitted it.
  • Once selected, grant recipients will be announced to the campus community via Tennessee Today, the EL website, and Vol Update.

Summer 2017

  • Funds received must be spent by Friday, June 30, 2017.
  • Participant surveys must be submitted within 2 weeks upon completion of the event.

Program Evaluation

Faculty/Staff/Student Initiatives grant recipients will be asked to ensure that all participants in the funded event or experience complete a brief survey upon the completion of the event. The survey will focus on the experience of the student and seek to gather their perspectives on what they learned by participating in the event or activity funded by the grant. If the surveys are not completed, the organization or group will run the risk of permanently losing their eligibility to receive future funding from Experience Learning.

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