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Accelerator Grants

Accelerator Grants support the development and modification of new or existing programs, pathways, and models that expand opportunities for student success.​

Grant applications open fall 2022.​


Since 1993, the commission’s grant program has funded more than 16​0 proposals for new program development, distributing more than $7,100,000 to the campuses.

PURPOSE

To expand and develop flexible degree and non-degree programs, pathways, and models through PaCE, addressing changes in learning and the learning ecosystem.​

COMPETITION AUTHORITY

Funding for this grant competition is derived from the local trust funds designated for PACE use. The Commission requires that funded proposals meet the requirements outlined in the current version of the guidebook.

These programs must be supported by non-state funds upon completion.


For each category, principal investigators (proposal/applicant leaders) will be individuals at a CSU campus. All proposals must be coordinated within PACE at the campus level. Grants may not be awarded in years in which no proposal fully meets the standards and criteria of CEU funding requirements.

  • Degree programs offered must be listed on your campus academic master plan or evidence of submission for approval must be provided.
  • For certificates, refer to CSU Policy on Certificates and Extended Education.
  • No more than two proposals may be considered from one campus, regardless of category. If more than two proposals are received from any campus, only the first two received by the CPaCE will be considered. However, in multi-campus proposals, only the lead campus will be considered as the applicant.
  • Grant funds may be used to subsidize employees' salaries primarily involved in the project and may be used for faculty stipends.
  • Grant funds may be used for student internships or to subsidize paid work experience for students.
  • Bonus Points for multi-campus proposals may be considered (a three-year maximum to complete a project is required).

Addresses:

    • Modern adult learner centered programming, processes, pathways, and models
    • Post-pandemic economic and social ecosystems
    • Alignment with larger system goals
    • Adaptation and adjustment to changing environment
    • Generating return on investment and self-sustaining funds

For a complete list of requirements, view the requirements section of the application. ​



GRANT AWARDS

Approximately $400,000 in grants funds is available to campus PaCE units. Pending the availability of funding, the commission will award funds based on the number of proposals received and approved for funding.

Off-cycle Funding
Awardees will be required to return a portion of the grant award to support off-cycle/rolling funding opportunities.​

Eligibility
For each category, principal investigators (proposal/applicant leaders) will be individuals at a CSU campus. All proposals must be coordinated within PACE at the campus level. Grants may not be awarded in years in which no proposal fully meets the standards and criteria of CEU funding requirements.

 

PROPOSAL T​YPES

Development Grants

Supports the development and modification of new or existing programs, pathways, and models that expand opportunities for student success in the new learning ecosystem.​

Bonus Points

Bonus points may be awarded for the following:

  • Aligning business models with educational models
  • Short-Term Courses, Modules and Programs
  • Complete @ CSU
  • Professional and program development (CSU faculty and staff training/development)
  • Centers of Excellence and high-quality shared services​

Collaboration Grants

Identifies an existing campus program or project that, with additional funding and collaborative partners, addresses a local, county, regional, and/or international need.

Projects or programs can meet requirements in one of several ways:

  • Two or more campuses collaborate on a new program or project.
  • Two or more campuses replicate a successful project or program initiated at another campus, with the “lead" campus serving as the training and technical advisor.
  • A campus or campuses seeks to enrich and strengthen existing campus-community programs, projects and relationships via public-public and/or public-private partnerships.​