Published: Oct. 28, 2021

More than $1 million in funds are available this fall to institutions of higher education and their local education providers through the Open Education Resources (OER) Grant Program. Now in its fourth year, higher education institutions and faculty can apply for grants through this request for proposals. The program, funded by the Colorado Department of Education, will continue suporting projects around the state aimed at improving student learning and engagement while saving students money on textbooks.

The deadline for proposals is December 15, 2021.

The Colorado OER Grant Program will fund these types of grants for the 2022 grant cycle:

  • Individual or Small Group Grants ranging from $250-$10,000 that would support the review, creation, adaptation, or adoption of OER by faculty and/or staff, especially at institutions without an OER initiative or associated incentive funding.
  • Institutional Grants ranging from $10,001-$75,000 to support deploying and sustaining existing institution-wide OER initiatives, including through the use of incentive funding for faculty and staff.
  • Multi-year institutional grant proposals are allowable; funding beyond the first year is contingent on legislative appropriations.
  • Multi-year proposals can be up for up to 2 years and with a maximum of $75,000/annually (which must be spent down annually) and $150,000 maximum for the life of the grant.

Collaborative or partnership grants ranging from $10,000-$75,000 to support creation, adaption, or adoption of OER across multi-institutional or K-12 partners (which may include partnerships with individual school districts or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services or BOCES).