OER-Related Opportunities

This page has been created to share OER and related funding opportunities as they are made available. In addition, select professional development opportunities will be shared. The OERI will strive to keep this page current and asks that you share any funding opportunities that you become aware of. Information on this page will be organized by application deadline. This page last updated September 19, 2022.

Access the OER and ZTC page to find all the latest information about Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) degrees and related textbook affordability requirements.

Connecting Communities Digital Initiative at the Library of Congress Grant Opportunities – Applications Due September 30, 2022

Last year the Library of Congress’ Of the People: Widening the Path initiative offered the incredible opportunity for a cultural heritage institution or 2-year or 4-year higher education institution to apply for the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative grants. These grants provide awards for projects that amplify the lives, experiences, and perspectives of Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and other communities of color by using and remixing Library’s digital collections. On June 7, 2022, we announced the second round application period for this grant where we will be awarding three grants up to $50,000 each in both categories.

Applications are due September 30. Questions about these grants may be directed to LOC-grants@loc.gov.

For more information on these opportunities, you can visit the Of the People website, sign up to receive updates from the Of the People blog, explore our Commonly Asked Questions, or review the press release

Applications for New Awards; Postsecondary Success Program – Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: October 11, 2022

The purpose of this program is to promote postsecondary completion for students close to completion, whether for students currently enrolled in higher education, students who are no longer enrolled because of challenges they faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and close to completion, or both. Institutions may opt to supplement or expand evidence-based and data-driven activities to support retention and completion for both groups. This program aims to improve student outcomes, including retention, transfer, credit accumulation, and completion, by augmenting evidence-based activities that are already underway at eligible institutions of higher education (IHEs).

As shared by Una Daly, Director, CCCOER on the CCCOER listserv 8-26-22:

On August 11, the US Department of Education released the notice for completion grant applications offered through the ED’s Postsecondary Success Program. The purpose of the program is “to promote postsecondary completion for students close to completion, whether for students currently enrolled in higher education, students who are no longer enrolled because of challenges they faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and close to completion, or both.”  As with prior recovery funding, use of open educational resources is a strategy that has been shown to improve student retention and success.

Background: The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 appropriated $76 million for Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) competitive programs and, within this total, the Joint Explanatory Statement designated $5 million for Postsecondary Student Success Grants “to support evidence-based activities to improve postsecondary retention and completion rates.” The Department intends to focus this grant program on data-driven and evidence-based efforts to support Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, other Minority-Serving Institutions, and institutions serving large shares of low-income students, to improve existing retention and completion efforts and support students on the path to college completion.

Public and private MSIs eligible for Title III or Title V grants and public institutions that partner with them may be eligible. Applications are due October 11.

The application notice is available on the federal register.  Further resources for applying for this opportunity.