We request that prospective grantees share brief concept papers in response to our current Request for Proposals. After review of the concept papers, a limited number of applicants will then be invited to submit full proposals.

The Teagle Foundation uses concept papers as the basis for inviting full proposals. Requests from both single institutions and multiple institutions partnering together will be considered. Interested institutions, organizations, or consortia may submit a 3-5 page concept paper that outlines the project goals and description, demonstrates alignment with our mission and your institutional priorities, and responds to the criteria laid out in the relevant ‚Äčrequest for proposals. The key questions to keep in mind while developing your concept paper (and if invited, your proposal) are:

  • In what ways will your institution substantively differ or be strengthened as a result of a Teagle grant?

  • How will those substantive changes be sustained beyond the life of a grant?

  • For multi-campus projects, how will the partners benefit from collaborating with one another?

Please indicate the grant type (planning or implementation) that you have in mind in your concept paper. Planning grants typically operate for six to 12 months and provide resources for collaborating partners to meet in-person, connect with field experts, and refine their project plans. These grants aspire to develop clear and persuasive implementation proposals to the Foundation. Please note, however, that planning grants do not guarantee implementation funding. Implementation funds typically run for up to 36 months, depending on the initiative. Ranges for planning and implementation grant award amounts are specified in the relevant request for proposals.

While there is no need to include a budget at the concept paper stage, please let us know the grant award amount you have in mind and provide a sentence or two on how funds will be applied, taking care to ensure they follow our general budget guidelines provided below. 

Foundation staff cannot assist with concept paper development. Please email concept papers to proposals@teagle.org.

If invited, full proposals will be submitted through the Foundation’s online application system and instructions will be provided accordingly. Foundation staff work collaboratively with applicants and review draft proposals prior to formal submission. Specific deadlines for submission of draft and final proposals will be made in consultation with Teagle staff.

Complete applications will include responses to a series of short questions in the online application system and the components listed below, to be uploaded as Word, Excel, or PDF attachments:

  • A 5-10 page narrative that outlines the project as specifically as possible and includes the following: the project’s purpose and goals; background context and rationale for the project; its major components and activities; criteria (both short- and long-term) for judging the project's success as well as plans for assessment; how the work will be sustained or institutionalized in the post-grant period; a plan for dissemination to the higher education community; and a description of the leadership team for the grant. For multi-campus projects, please include a description of the campus partners participating in the project and how the collaborating partners will benefit from working together.

  • 1-2 page work plan and timeline. Planning projects typically operate for six to 12 months and implementation projects typically run for up to 36 months, depending on the initiative. Please outline major activities related to your project and indicate who will be involved for various aspects of the work.

  • 1-2 page budget, based on July 1-June 30 operating years, and an accompanying budget narrative. The budget must be provided in the following format, and should indicate proposed expenditures by campus partner (see example template).  Please show cost-sharing wherever possible. Cost-sharing should be for those direct costs borne by the institutions. The Foundation does not cover indirect or overhead costs. Please consult the general budget guidelines below for more information on eligible and ineligible budget items.

  • The contact information and resume/abbreviated CV (four pages maximum) of the person(s) in charge of the project.

    • When multiple institutional partners are involved, please include contact information and the abbreviated CV (four pages maximum) for each campus lead.

  • Letters of support from organizational leadership of institutions involved in the project (e.g. presidents, provosts, executive directors).

  • A copy of your organization's IRS 501(c)(3) public charity determination letter.

The total grant award will depend on the number of institutions/organizations involved in the proposed project, the scope of work, and the duration of the project. Appropriate applications of Teagle funding include:

  • stipends for project leader(s),

  • stipends for facutlty participants,

  • reasonable honoraria or fees for visiting experts or consultants,

  • U.S. domestic travel related to the project or for dissemination at conferences,

  • meeting expenses and meals for working dinners or similar occasions,

  • reasonable honoraria or fees for visiting experts or consultants,

  • office and research materials and assistance,

  • and the costs of support staff.

While Foundation grants are typically awarded to collaborations of institutions/organizations, payment must be managed by a single fiscal agent.

Budget requests must be provided in the following format and should indicate proposed expenditures by campus partner (see example template).  Please show cost-sharing wherever possible. Cost-sharing should be for those direct costs borne by the institutions. The Foundation does not cover indirect or overhead costs or provide support for activities that take place internationally (e.g., international travel).

We review concept papers on a rolling basis to maximize flexibility for our grantees. If a proposal is invited based on your concept paper, program staff will confer with the applicant to determine the appropriate timeline for submitting the full proposal for review by the Teagle Foundation’s Board of Directors. Our fiscal year begins on July 1. Our board reviews all invited grant requests three time each fiscal year in November, February, and May. We ensure that the targeted board meeting aligns with grantees’ proposed plans (e.g., if a project needs to start in the summer, we work with grantees to target the November or February meetings for board review). For some general guidelines on timeline, please keep the following in mind:

  • Proposals invited for review at our November board meeting must be finalized by October 15. We recommend concept papers are submitted by May 1 to provide sufficient lead time for preparation should a proposal be invited.

  • Proposals invited for review at our February board meeting must be finalized by January 25. We recommend concept papers are submitted by September 1 to provide sufficient lead time for preparation should a proposal be invited.

  • Proposals invited for review at our May board meeting must be finalized by April 15. We recommend concept papers are submitted by November 1 to provide sufficient lead time for preparation should a proposal be invited.

The Teagle Foundation awards grants only to tax-exempt 501(c)3 organizations that are based in the United States. Our grantees include residential liberal arts colleges, community colleges, comprehensive institutions, research universities, community-based organizations, non-profit organizations, higher education associations and consortia, and disciplinary associations. Institutions and organizations of particular interest to us are those that:
  • explicitly put engaged student learning in the liberal arts at the center of their mission;

  • allocate their resources to sustain this mission;

  • have stable enrollments and finances;

  • achieve good graduation rates, typically 65% or more after six years,

  • systematically assess student progress.

If your institution does not meet these criteria and you would nonetheless like to be part of a significant multi-institutional project, we encourage you to stay apprised of the work of national and regional college associations and consortia. 
Please note that given our modest resources and interest in extending our support as widely as possible, we generally refrain from providing more than one active grant to an institution at a time.   
The Foundation does not make grants to individuals.

Q1.      What are Teagle’s guidelines for coordinating multi-campus proposals, especially for those that involve consortia and their member institutions?

Teagle’s RFPs are open to single institutions, ad hoc teams of 3-4 campuses partnering together, subsets of members of an established consortium, higher education consortia, and other non-profit entities.

Because we aim to distribute our scare resources as broadly as possible, we strive to avoid situations where an institution receives support from Teagle under both its own grant and through a consortially-led grant at the same time.

For all grant requests, we look for evidence that the proposed projects have faculty buy-in, broad reach among undergraduate students, and clear plans for sustainability in the post-grant period. Particularly for single institution grant requests, we emphasize projects that can be implemented at scale to ensure that Teagle grant dollars are reaching the largest number of beneficiaries.

While it is logistically simpler to organize and execute a project that involves a single institution, we have observed there are advantages to working with consortia where there is strong leadership and a culture of fostering communities of practice. Consortial projects are more complex – even scheduling needs to be thought through – and they sometimes get off to a slow start. However, campuses often reflect that they accomplished more in consortial projects than they would have working on their own. When faculty get together with peers from outside their institution, the focus is usually on research and scholarship. Consortially-led projects provide faculty with a forum to discuss curriculum and pedagogy with colleagues outside their institution and help them feel less isolated in the challenges they are confronting. They are able to borrow and adapt strategies that work for others in their own settings. The pace of implementation at other campuses can also serve as a reality check – campuses that are lagging behind have an external yardstick to gauge their progress and reconsider what they could be doing differently.

Q2.      Can a single institution/consortia apply to more than one grant initiative and submit more than one concept paper?

An institution typically receives only one grant at a time. As such, we ask prospective applicants to put forward what they believe is the strongest concept paper under a single initiative that is most tightly aligned with their institutional priorities. Rather than have the Foundation determine fit, we look for our applicants to put forward the project for which their campuses are best positioned to lead at the time of submission.

As previously noted, we strive to avoid situations where an institution receives support from Teagle under both its own grant and through a consortially-led grant at the same time.

Q3.      What is the range for planning and implementation awards?

Planning grants are in the range of $25,000 over 6 to 12 months. They are especially suited for multi-campus projects where the partners need to solidify a shared framework for action, but we consider them for single institution requests as well. Planning grants can provide an opportunity to pilot a concept and use the implementation support for scale up. Planning grants do not guarantee implementation support.

The Foundation provides a wide range of possible funding – from $100,000 to $400,000 – in recognition of the unique circumstances for which an implementation request may be submitted. The modal amount of Teagle’s implementation grants is $300,000 over 36 months and is typically awarded to a collaboration of institutions working toward solving a shared challenge. Single institution grants are usually in the range of $100,000-$150,000 over 36 months. The maximum amount is rarely awarded and most often reserved for projects that serve an exceptionally large number of students and faculty and often attempt to address system-level impact.

There is no advantage or disadvantage in seeking a planning grant over an implementation grant and vice versa. The request should be based on the needs of your institution or consortia.

Q4.      What is the anticipated number of planning and implementation awards that will be made by initiative?

We do not have a fixed number of grants nor do we have a ceiling on the total amount to be awarded by initiative.

We understand that once a new funding initiative has been announced, there may be institutions immediately well-positioned to request funding while others require time to consider the possibilities for their campus community. We are patient in our search for ambitious projects with appropriate fit with our RFP's criteria.

Q5.      How do you recommend proceeding for an institution with a graduation rate below 65% but one that serves many low-income and underrepresented students and is implementing approaches to improve student outcomes? Should we make that case in the concept paper?

We pay attention to the profile of students served by our grantee institutions and have an interest in reaching students from low-income backgrounds as well as those who are underrepresented in terms of race and ethnicity. We do look at graduation rates, and as a general guideline, we try to work with institutions where the rates are at least 65 percent.
That said, we take into account the profile of students served. We work with institutions with graduation rates below 65 percent that serve vulnerable students and have promising projects aligned with our initiatives that would help improve student success. If your institution has a graduation rate below 65 percent, please be sure to indicate how the project would strengthen student achievement.

Q6.      Does the Teagle Foundation prefer to be the sole funder of a project?

The Foundation supports collaboration among grantees and is similarly interested (excited even!) in doing so with other funders.

We welcome opportunities to collaborate with other funders. While we need to ensure that the proposed project advances our mission and grantmaking priorities, we try to be flexible during the application process and, if approved, in the grant reporting period when working on projects that involve multiple funders. For example, we can use application and grant report templates that may be required by other funders (if they meet our general guidelines) and harmonize the grant reporting schedule to reduce the administrative burden on grantees.

We do not have fixed matching dollar requirements, but we are interested in reasonable cost-sharing from prospective applicants, whether or not other funders are involved. In our experience, cost-sharing reflects the strength of commitment from the applicant(s) and provides a preliminary indication of sustainability.