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Funding Opportunities

Alumni have invested more than $9 million in the Lougheed Center for Applied Learning.

Our goal is to make sure all students have access to life-changing applied learning experiences, and faculty are supported in developing new high-impact projects. Our funding is uniquely flexible, so we may be able to help make your dreams a reality.

Not sure if your project fits our funds? Please email

Student Funding Opportunities

Dorf Applied Learning YES Fund
  • Provides financial support for student initiated or faculty-led applied learning experiences.
  • Deadline: November 7, 2022

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Kilmer Research Awards
  • Provides financial support for student-faculty research projects, including summer housing for summer research labs.

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Presidential Scholars Award
  • Students who have demonstrated exceptional talents and leadership skills may apply for grant money to fund special projects.

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We have 20+ individual scholarships to support study abroad and internship opportunities.

Faculty Grant Process

Applied Learning endowment funding is uniquely flexible, and much of it is allocated directly to supporting our dedicated faculty who in turn support our students with what they learn, build, experience, and teach.

New for 2022-2023, all grants will use a single application form.

Application Form

    This single application allows faculty to apply once and have their project considered for support from the following funding sources:

    • Lougheed Applied Learning Grants: The Lougheed’s generous endowment was established to enhance opportunities for students to engage in high impact activities that allow them to apply theoretical learning. In order to impact the greatest number of students and contribute to the transformation of the college's curriculum, this fund is intended to support faculty and staff activities that improve our ability to facilitate student participation in high impact and Applied Learning activities.
    • Dorf Applied Learning YES Fund: Provides financial support for student-initiated or faculty-led applied learning experiences.
    • Gilchrist Endowment for Applied Learning: Provides financial support for faculty-sponsored applied learning experiences for individual students or groups of students.
    • The BOB: Financially supports faculty in developing and implementing applied learning experiences designed to position student participants for gainful employment and career success.
    • Institute for Ethical Behavior Endowment: Provides resources for service-learning projects promoting and supporting ethical behavior.
    • Stradling Passport to Possibilities Endowment: It is the Donors' intent to provide students with travel opportunities, providing uniqe educational and cultural experiences not otherwise covered by tuition and fees. Provided expenses shall include, but not be limited to: transportation, accomodations, meals, health & travel insurance, passport or visa fees, books & course materials, technology & communications needs, as well as administrative fees at sponsoring organizations. Funs may be used to support both individual student travel, as well as faculty-led travel courses and experiences.

    For projects beginning on or after

    Apply before

    and be notified by

    Tuesday, November 15, 2022

    Monday, October 24, 2022

    Friday, November 4, 2022

    Saturday, April 1, 2023

    Monday, March 6, 2023

    Friday, March 23, 2023

    The questions asked in the application are listed below, for use in preparing your application for submission 

    • Project Lead/contact information
    • Are there co-leads on this project/Contact Information
    • Project Information: Project Name, Start Date, End Date
    • How many populations will be impacted by this project? Faculty, first year/later years; Students, first year/later years.
    • Project Description
    • What types of applied learning will the grant fund?
    • Is the students' proposed Applied Learning:
      • Structured, intentional and authentic  
      • Begun after required preparation, orientation and training  
      • Monitored, with continuous dynamic improvement   
      • Only completed when there has been structured reflection and acknowledgement of learning  
      • Assessed and evaluated for the success of outcomes and processes   
    • Will this grant fund a credit-bearing course, either through operating expenses, development expenses, or teaching costs?
      • How many credits is this course?
      • Is this a travel course?
      • If yes, to where?
      • How many students are expected to enroll?
      • Will the students be learning skills that position them for gainful employment and career success?
    • Outcomes for Faculty (≤ 1250 characters, equivalent to ≤ 250 words) How does this proposal impact faculty professional development,teaching, or other scholarly activity?
    • Outcomes for Students (≤ 1250 characters, equivalent to ≤ 250 words) How will the project affect students’ applied learning experiences?
    • Strategic Goals (≤ 1250 characters, equivalent to ≤ 250 words) How does this proposal link to campus strategic initiatives? (Academic Affairs Strategic Plan2022 Middle States Self-StudyDEI Strategic Plan)
    • Funding Questions
      • Total Funding Requested
      • From what other sources have you sought funding?
      • Have you reviewed the current campus purchasing and travel requirements before creating your budget?
      • Will you be hiring/paying students as part of this project?
      • Budget: Expenses
      • Budget: Narrative
    • Why does this project excite you? (≤ 1250 characters, equivalent to ≤ 250 words)

    You may avoid duplicative paperwork by submitting campus paperwork specific to the activity as part of your application.  For example, a completed Travel Requisition could detail the budget for a proposal to attend a training off campus, or a course proposal from a curriculum committee could make up part of the Project Description for a new course.​​​


      Campus stakeholders you may need to consult:

      • LOUGHEED CENTER FOR APPLIED LEARNING: If you are creating a new applied learning experience - an internship, service-learning course, research program, international education initiative - a letter from the LoCAL must be included to ensure the project is compatible with ongoing campus programs.

      • COMPUTING AND TECHNOLOGY SERVICES: If technology is requested, a letter from CTS must be included to ensure that the equipment is compatible with the campus systems, etc.

      • FACILITIES: If a piece of equipment is requested that requires installation, or if specific space is needed to implement the proposed project, a letter from Facilities must be included verifying the feasibility of the request

      • OTHER CONSTITUENTS: If the project impacts more than just the individual proposers, letters of support from impacted units (departments, Deans, colleagues sharing space/resources, etc) are to be included.

      College purchasing and travel processes:

      • Remember:  it is essential that you read all College purchasing and travel reimbursement procedures before completing your proposal, as these policies, including submission dates, must be followed.
      • Questions regarding these policies/procedures can be directed to Purchasing & Payables (315-267-2140).

      As long as there is a concrete linkage to applied learning, almost any project can be eligible.

      Applied Learning Linkages:
      For more information on applied learning, the resources below should help.

      We have funded:

      • Faculty taking courses, earning certifications, or developing their knowledge and skills
      • Travel to research locations, and materials needed for that research
      • Student employees to assist with project tasks, or stipends for students who are completing internships, research work, performance or composition.
      • Event costs, including food, decorations, honoraria, etc.
      • Guest lecturers and speakers to engage with classes, host workshops, perform, etc.
      • Travel expenses for entire courses to go to a site for an experience.
      • Sabbatical research expenses, if they directly relate to developing applied learning experiences.
      • Curriculum development, to create new courses or modify existing courses to have more applied learning content.
      • And more! We look forward to seeing what you dream up.

      We DO NOT fund:

      • Alcohol - this is a State restriction
      • Sustaining operating costs. We can provide start-up funding for a new initiative, but we cannot sustain projects in perpetuity without an identified future funding source or awareness that such a source will need to be found.
      • Professional development for faculty emeriti.
      • Most non-credit student experiences unless directly linked to mentored student research.
      • Sustaining operating funding - grant resources cannot be tied up in becoming operational support for ongoing initiatives.
      • [more will be added as they are encountered during grant review!]


      Grant proposals are reviewed by a combined review board drawn from the Provost's Cabinet and the Lougheed Center for Applied Learning Advisory Board. Membership will include: 

      Alan Hersker, Provost
      Dean or Dean’s Designee, Crane
      Dean or Dean’s Designee, A&S
      Dean or Dean’s Designee, SoEPS
      LoCAL Advisory Board member, faculty
      LoCAL Advisory Board member, faculty
      Jessica Heffner, LoCAL Advisory Board, Faculty Senate appointed member 
      Jenica Rogers, Dorf Endowed Director for Applied Learning (ex officio)
      Sherry Paradis, Senior Director of College Advancement (ex officio)

      When all Review Board members have been identified (volunteered or appointed), this list will be updated to include names.

      Rubric for Applied Learning Grant Proposals - updated 07/22

      Minimum Requirements:

      • Effect on Applied Learning/high impact learning activities must be present. If the score on evaluation area #3 is judged to be a zero by the majority of the committee, the application will be considered ineligible.
      • Linkage to the campus and/or unit strategic goals must be present.  If the score on evaluation area #5 is judged to be a zero by the majority of the committee, the application will be considered ineligible.
      • Breakdown of expenses must be clear and must include a narrative if individual budget items and/or the budgetary link to impact on faculty and students is unclear. If the score on evaluation area #6 is judged to be a zero by the majority of the committee, the application will be considered ineligible.
      • Out of respect for the time of all involved, particularly the volunteer review committee members, we ask you to take the extra time to hone your responses to meet the required word limits.  If the word counts are exceeded, the application will be considered ineligible. 
      • Projects that are not eligible for funding from other campus sources of support will be considered a higher priority than those that have the potential of other funding sources.


      Evaluation Area 1 Description of activity
      Score Weight = x2

      Score = 0     Unclear and under-developed
      Score = 1     Clear, but under-developed  
      Score = 2     Clear and fully developed
      Score = 3     Perfectly clear and well-articulated description of project activities

      Evaluation Area 2 Outcomes for faculty
      Score Weight = x3

      Score = 0     No impact on faculty professional development, teaching, or other scholarly activity
      Score = 1     Some impact on faculty professional development, teaching, or other scholarly activity suggested, but unclear 
      Score = 2     Clear impact on faculty professional development, teaching, or other scholarly activity   
      Score = 3     Clear and strong impact on more than one of the following categories:  faculty professional development, teaching, or other scholarly activity

      Evaluation Area 3 Improves faculty ability to facilitate student participation in high impact and Applied Learning activities
      Score Weight = x3

      Score = 0     No effect on high impact or applied learning activities        
      Score = 1     Links between activity and high impact/applied learning experiences are unclear or implied        Score = 2     Links between activity and high impact/applied learning experiences are clear but not fully developed
      Score = 3     Links between activity and high impact/applied learning experiences are very clear and tenable

      Evaluation Area 4 Breadth  and longevity  of the potential impact
      Score Weight = x2

      Score = 0     Breadth and longevity of impact is unaddressed or unclear
      Score = 1     Impact is narrow and short term      
      Score = 2     Impact is either moderate in breadth & longevity, high impact and short term, or narrow impact with long term applications
      Score = 3     Impact is broad and long term

      Evaluation Area 5 Alignment with campus and/or unit strategic goals 
      Score Weight = x3

      Score = 0     No specific campus and/or unit goals are referenced          
      Score = 1     Campus and/or unit goals referenced, but unspecified       
      Score = 2     Campus and/or unit goals specified, but alignment is unclear         
      Score = 3     Campus and/or unit goals specified and alignment is clearly explained

      Evaluation Area 6 Clarity of budget        
      Score Weight = x1

      Score = 0     Budget unexplained (no budget narrative) or unclear (no details or breakdown of expenses)       Score = 1     Budget is either missing a rationale for the expenses or the link between the budget and the impact on faculty & students is unclear          
      Score = 2     Provides a clear link between budget expenses and impact to faculty & staff as well as a clear rationale but includes no supporting evidence for those number
      Score = 3     Provides an overall dollar figure, details and breakdown of that number, valid supporting evidence for those numbers, and a clear budget rationale including direct links to faculty and student impact

      Evaluation Area 7  Scope of budget (comprehensive and realistic; if applicable, includes training for support staff and sustainability costs)
      Score Weight = x1

      Score = 0     Does not consider any aspects of implementation (e.g. other expenses that could be incurred and/or impact on other units) and/or sustainability costs (if applicable) for recurring projects are not addressed           
      Score = 1     Budget does not consider all possible aspects of implementation  
      Score = 2     Budget considers all possible aspects of implementation, but appears to underestimate cost       Score = 3     Budget considers all possible aspects of implementation and is realistic and/or if applicable, sustainability costs for recurring projects are addressed and reasonable

      Evaluation Area 8 The Zing Factor of the proposal for unique or exciting projects that spark your imagination         
      Score Weight = x1

      Score = 0     The project is lacking particularly innovative or creative components
      Score = 1     Components of the proposal have the potential of being unique or innovative
      Score = 2     The project is innovative or unique   
      Score = 3     The project is innovative, unique, and inspiring