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.

Interested institutions, organizations, or consortia may submit a 3-5 page concept paper that outlines the project goals, demonstrates alignment with our mission and relevant RFP, and sketches the project description, with an eye towards collaborative learning through a community of practice. Note that RFPs typically require collaboration among four to six campus partners who must be named within the concept paper.
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?

  • How will the partners benefit from collaborating with one another?

The grant type (planning or implementation) should be indicated as well as the specific request amount. 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 clear 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 grant award amounts will be specified in the relevant RFP.
Program staff cannot assist with concept paper development.
Please email concept papers to proposals@teagle.org.

Invited proposals will expand on concept papers and include the following components:

  • A 5-10 page narrative that outlines the project as specifically as possible and includes a discussion of: the campus partners participating in the project, background and context for the project, purpose and goals, how the collaborating partners will benefit from working together, plans for future sustainability, criteria (both short- and long-term) for judging the project's success, and a dissemination plan.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A one-paragraph abstract of the project, suitable for posting on the web.

  • 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 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.

Program staff members work collaboratively with applicants, including review of draft proposals. Specific deadlines for submission of draft and final proposals will be made in consultation with Teagle staff.

If invited, full proposals will be submitted through the Foundation’s online application system.

Appropriate applications of Teagle funding include:

  • stipends for project leader(s),

  • U.S. domestic travel and meeting expenses,

  • 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.

The total grant award will depend on the number of institutions/organizations involved in the proposed project.
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.

We consider concept papers on a rolling basis. The Teagle Board of Directors reviews all grant requests when it meets in February, May, and November. If a proposal is invited, program staff will confer with you to determine the appropriate timeline for submitting a full proposal in time for potential review by the Board.
Tax-exempt 501(c)3 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 college associations (such as the Council of Independent Colleges, the Association of American Colleges and Universities) and regional college consortia (such as the Appalachian College Association, the Associated Colleges of the South, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, the Great Lakes College Association).
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.