OER Grant Funds Available this Fall

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 Department will continue funding projects around the state aimed at improving student learning and engagement while also saving students money on textbooks.  The deadline for proposals is Dec.15, 2021.

“We want the innovative spirit of this work to carry on as we enter our fourth year of grant funding,” said CDHE Executive Director Dr. Angie Paccione. “Investing in institutions’ pursuit of OER opens so many doors for entrepreneurial approaches to education, and can offer students a more accessible, equitable and relevant learning experience.”

Available Funds: The Colorado OER Grant Program will fund three 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 for up to 2 years, 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).

Access the RFP here.