Culturally Responsive Learning Grants
This grant program is intended to support the incorporation of the principles and goals of ISU’s Core Value of Diversity into students’ curricular experiences. It is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology.
The grants are intended to reimburse faculty for expenses directly associated with course-based events, activities, or projects that develop students’ cultural awareness through the purposeful (re)design of curricular content. Grants support culturally responsive undertakings such as service learning assignments, guest speakers, travel expenses for class trips, materials for in-class activities/assignments, etc. Expenses eligible for reimbursement by this grant program include:
- non-consumable course materials that address specific learning goals linked to culturally responsive practices (re-usable class sets of books, video recordings, etc.)
- travel expenses for students and instructor (fuel, parking, fleet vehicle rental, etc.)
- fees (admission or registration) and related expenses (excluding lodging) for students to make onsite visits or attend conferences
- travel expenses for class guests (meals, transportation)
- stipends for guest speakers, either for onsite or virtual visits
- professional development experiences that support faculty members in becoming more culturally responsive (registration, transportation, lodging, meals, etc.)
All tenured and tenure-track faculty, full-time non-tenure track instructors, and full-time A/P staff with teaching responsibilities at Illinois State University are eligible. Recipients of prior CTLT grants who have failed to meet their grant obligations are ineligible.
Amounts of Grants
Grants will be up to $500 for reimbursement of documented expenses directly related to culturally responsive learning experiences. The number and amounts of individual grants are subject to availability of funds. Individual faculty members are eligible for up to one grant per academic term (fall, spring, and summer).
Application Materials and Procedures
Applications can be submitted using this online form.
There are no specific deadlines. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, but should be submitted at least four weeks prior to incurring expenses for the event, activity or project.
Applications will be evaluated based on the degree to which each:
- clearly addresses all of the narrative elements identified in the application
- presents itemized projected expenses and solid rationale for the budget
- presents an assessment plan likely to provide useful feedback about the effectiveness of the activity, event or project in terms of course learning objectives listed in the grant application and in terms of contributing to ISU’s Core Value of Diversity and ongoing commitment to culturally responsive teaching
- is well written and complete
Conditions of the Grant
Awards for projects requiring technology support may require additional approval.
Acceptance of the grant funds indicates the recipient’s agreement to submit a report (detailed below) designed to maximize the benefits of recipients’ experiences by sharing them with the ISU community. These reports may be posted on the CTLT website. Completion of this condition is required to remain eligible for future CTLT grants.
Grant reports (200-300 words) should include:
- a description of the grant-related event, activity, or project, essentially restating the grant proposal narrative and revised when necessary to reflect the actual event
- a summary of the findings from data collected regarding the instructional outcomes using the assessment method(s) identified in the proposal
- a brief conclusion about the effectiveness of the event, activity, or project for supporting ISU’s Core Value of Diversity; plans for revisions and improvements to the activity or project (if any); and recommendations for similar events, activities, or projects that other ISU faculty might consider incorporating into their courses
- photos, recordings, examples of students’ responses, etc. are also welcome and may be to be included in the presentation on the CTLT website, with permission
- All receipts for reimbursement and other required documentation must be received at CTLT no later than May 29 of the appropriate fiscal year. Expenses not properly documented by that date cannot be reimbursed.
Contact CTLT or Claire Lamonica, CTLT Director, at (309) 438-5110.