Applications Open – Affordable Learning Implementation Grants for Faculty

The Weinberg Memorial Library is pleased to offer $1,000 Affordable Learning Implementation Grants to successful faculty applicants.

What is Affordable Learning?

Affordable Learning aims to reduce the financial burden on students by replacing expensive for-cost textbooks and course materials with no-cost or low-cost educational resources. For the Affordable Learning Implementation Grants, faculty may opt to use existing open educational resources (OER), open-source software, open access e-books or journals, or appropriately licensed Library materials to replace all, or some, for-cost course materials.

Accepted applications can also use an additional fund (up to $200) to purchase library materials not currently owned. If you are interested in purchasing new material, please contact Sylvia Orner ( prior to submitting your application to ensure that appropriate licensing options are available.

If you are interested in learning more about OER, please visit the Library’s OER Research Guide.  For more information about the Affordable Learning Implementation grants, including reports from previous recipients, please visit the Library’s webpage.

To apply…

Fill out the Application Form.


The library will award up to four $1,000 Affordable Learning Implementation Grants for Fall/Intersession courses. The Implementation Grants do not need to fund purchasing course materials. The grants are faculty incentive stipends that are subject to taxes. For joint applicants, the stipend will be divided.

A group of Library faculty and teaching faculty representatives will review all applications. The multidisciplinary judging panel will use a rubric that can be found on the OER Research Guide.

Upon completion of the course, recipients must submit a report documenting the impact that the Affordable Learning Implementation Grant had on their section(s) and whether they will continue to use Affordable Learning or OER materials for future classes. Final reports must be submitted to the Dean of the Library and will be published on the Library’s website.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please consult with the librarian liaison to your department to help you prepare your proposal. For more information, contact the Committee at

Application Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023