CTL Funding

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is pleased to offer financial support for faculty throughout all stages of course development including experiments with new and/or innovative teaching practices and the revision or creative of new courses. The Teaching Insight Grants are for deepening understanding and creating new ideas and represent a first step in the process of revising or creating new courses, the Innovative Teaching Fund is for testing and experimenting with new teaching practices or technology, and the Course Development Grants are for producing new courses and revising courses.

Please contact Nisha Gupta (nisha.gupta@centre.edu) or Matt Downen (matt.downen@centre.edu) if you have any questions or would like to discuss ideas or the application process.

Wednesday January 17 is a drop-in grant workday. Walk into the CTL and ask questions, brainstorm, or fill out an application for one of our grants on the spot. CTL will be available to help!

Teaching Insight Grant

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is pleased to offer a new funding opportunity for faculty to support conceptual thinking and planning about courses they will offer in the future. These $300 grants will provide support faculty in the beginning phase of creating courses, transforming courses, or significantly revising course materials, where faculty may need a focused effort to explore disciplinary topics related to a new course or assignment, a chance to investigate different pedagogical methods and practices, or brainstorm about new course content and structure.  

Funds for this grant should be used for things like attending workshops, trainings, or buying books to learn about a topic and to encourage spending time thinking about a topic they are pursuing.

Deadline: 5:00PM February 14, 2024

Applicants may apply via a Qualtrics form that includes a brief description of the proposed endeavor, the resources needed, and the potential outcomes. Successful applicants will be required to attend a one-on-one consultation with a CTL staff member to discuss their goals and progress.

Apply here: Teaching Insight Grant Application

Course Development Grants

The CTL will fund selected Course Development proposals (up to $1,500 each) for the design or significant redesign of courses to be offered in the 2024-2025 academic year.

Deadline: 5:00PM February 14, 2024

Applicants may apply via a Qualtrics form that includes a brief description of the new or revised course, student learning outcomes, pedagogies used, timeline, and a budget. Applicants may request a stipend of up to $1000 and funds for materials of up to $500. Eligible material expenses include books, workshop registration fees, travel costs, and other expenses directly related to the development of the course. The stipend may be used to cover additional material costs, conference travel, or other expenses incurred beyond $500. Funds should be spent by June 21, 2024.

Note: The CTL's CDGs are not intended to fund scouting trips for courses that are to be taught abroad or travel costs associated with teaching a course abroad. Please contact Centre Global for support.  

Apply here: Course Development Grant Application

Innovative Teaching Fund

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is pleased to offer financial support for experiments with new and/or innovative teaching practices. This funding is designed to support the implementation of a new or innovative project or pedagogy aimed at supporting student learning, such as an imaginative approach to student collaboration, a creative use of instructional technology, or a new means of encouraging students to self-regulate their learning. 

All full time employees with faculty rank are eligible to apply for up to $300 to support their innovative project or pedagogy. Requests for much smaller amounts are welcome! These funds are meant to support the implementation of activities not already funded through other units on campus, including the library, divisions, or dean’s office. Requests for food or catering services will be considered, but should be a small part of the overall request. Funds for guest speakers will not be considered. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by CTL staff on the first of each month, August through March. Applicants may apply via a Qualtrics form that includes includes a brief description of your project or pedagogy, an explanation of how you anticipate this project or pedagogy will improve student learning and/or their classroom experience, and a budget.

Apply here: Innovative Teaching Fund Application

This funding was created to support a broad set of project ideas and pedagogies and is being offered in lieu of CBL and technology mini-grants. Innovative uses of CBL and technology will be supported through this fund.

Community-Based Learning (CBL) Course Development

The CTL will fund up to two courses (up to $1,500) for community-based learning (CBL) projects.  The goal of this grant is to encourage faculty to develop (or revise) an existing course to incorporate CBL and offer this course in the 2024-2025 academic year.

In addition, and in partnership with the Office of Civic and Community Engagement and the Bonner Community-Engaged Learning Iniative, proposals for course development funds are available to support faculty efforts to integrate community-based research, programs, policy assignments, and social action into a new course. These funds are available on a rolling basis through December 1, 2024. Please contact Nisha Gupta for application and information.

Centre College defines community-based learning as a pedagogical approach that intentionally links what is being taught in the classroom to the real world through collaboration with community partners.  It is characterized by:

These grants aim to increase capacity for community-based learning (CBL) offerings at Centre in support of the General Education curriculum.  CBL courses connect disciplinary content with hands-on experiences in the surrounding communities in order to help students develop skills and enhance their understanding of the real-world significance of academic topics.  Both new courses and revised versions of existing courses, whether currently CBL or not, will be considered.  Faculty who have experience in CBL and novices are both encouraged to apply.  More information on CBL at Centre can be found here: Community-Based Learning Webpage

Deadline: 5:00PM February 14, 2024

To be considered, complete the course development grants proposal form.  Selected applicants will receive support from the CTL to create or update a course that would qualify for the CBL tag within the new General Education curriculum.

Previous Grant Recipients


alphabetical by last name, home program, and tentative course title