Sandbox Learning Innovation Grant


  • Amount: $500
  • Purpose: This grant provides seed funding for an innovative approach to teaching, learning, or student engagement. 
  • Eligibility: All faculty: full- or part-time. Staff not eligible 
  • Application Timing: Applications are open year round and will be awarded on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.
  • Of Note: We will respond to applications within a week so that creative ideas can be acted upon.

Below is a detailed explanation of the Pew FTLC Sandbox Learning Innovation Grant. Once you have reviewed the information below, please click on "APPLY FOR A GRANT" to begin the application process.  Applications may be saved as "in progress" at any time during the application process. 

Sandbox Learning Innovation Grant

Have an idea for an innovative approach to teaching, learning, or student engagement? Need a bit of seed funding? The new $500 sandbox grant offers exploratory funding to faculty for projects around:

  • New Teaching Strategies
  • Curriculum Development
  • Curriculum Redesign
  • Advising
  • Co-curricular Learning
  • Student Success
  • Student Mentoring
  • Other Innovative Idea

The simple application process asks one question: What project or idea are you considering for a Sandbox Learning Innovation Grant? No deadline; we will review proposals on a rolling basis until funds are depleted and respond within a week of your application.

It is our hope that these sandbox grants seed larger projects; we stand at the ready to discuss with you how we might be able to support further development of your innovative idea, possibly through one of our other funding opportunities, such as a Teaching Innovation Grant.

A modicum of fine print: (a) one award per faculty member per fiscal year; (b) this funding is not intended to supplement other funding; (c) grantees need to be mindful of and comply with university policies, particularly around equipment purchasing.

All faculty: full- or part-time. Staff not eligible 

Applications are open year round and will be awarded on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.

Apply by selecting "Sandbox Learning Innovation Grant" from the dropdown menu in the FTLC Grants System. A final report (actually, a brief reflection) will be due at the completion of the project, prior to reimbursement of expenses.

Each applicant who is awarded a Sandbox Learning Innovation Grant will be responsible for submitting a Final Report via the online system 30 days after the completion of the grant activity and within 18 months of the application date.  The Pew FTLC will send out an automatic reminder e-mail for your convenience.  The Final Report will ask for you to thoroughly describe the following on behalf of yourself and any co-applicants (1500 word limit): 

  • How did you meet the objectives outlined in your application, including how you implemented and assessed your grant activity?
  • What was the impact of the grant activity on your teaching, your students, the university community, and/or your discipline?
  • What are your plans to disseminate the results of your grant activity?

Please attach any materials relevant to the grant, including reports, articles, pictures, etc.

A Guide to Assessment may be found at the following link:

To submit a Final Report, click on "Final Report" under "Application Details" within the FTLC Grant System.  Reimbursements will no longer be processed once a Final Report has been submitted.

Please note: We read these reports with great interest and use them:

  • To verify that our investment in you had an impact on our students' learning and on your professional development
  • To glean ideas for new FTLC endeavors which can benefit more students and faculty
  • To improve our processes and outcomes

All expenditures associated with this grant should be submitted to the Pew FTLC on a Travel and Expense Form along with original, detailed receipts. Your receipt should list the items purchased and the participants. Please send your completed and signed Travel and Expense Form to the Pew FTLC, 068 James H. Zumberge Hall (JHZ). 

Not sure if your idea fits this grant? Give us a call. We welcome your questions: or 616-331-3498.

Also check out our Grants Frequently Asked Questions page.