Iowa colleges and universities encouraged to apply for available GEER funds
The Iowa Department of Education is accepting grant applications for approximately $870,000 in federal funding to support professional development and effective online and remote instruction at Iowa’s colleges and universities. The funds are provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds that the state received last year.
Individual institutions or a consortium of institutions that provide equitable access to quality online courses and curriculums in postsecondary education are open to apply. Applicants must be regionally accredited, undergraduate public or private not-for-profit colleges or universities that are eligible for title IV funding and are based in Iowa. Grant applications for this round of funding will be accepted through April 16.
Preferences will be given to those who demonstrate consortia-based systemic approaches or the ability to expand and share best practices.
Applicants should address at least one of the following project areas to qualify for GEER funds:
- Promote best practices and strategies for effective online and remote instruction in postsecondary education, which may include high school teachers qualified to teach concurrent enrollment coursework, noncredit and adult basic education instructors.
- Support and train students and families, which may include credit, noncredit, adult and nontraditional students, to be successful in college/university virtual learning environments, e.g., advising, mentoring, tutoring and other support and retention strategies.
- Develop, curate and support the adoption of open educational resources.
Earlier this year, three consortia—Allen College and St. Luke’s College, Iowa Private Academic Libraries and Iowa’s 15 community colleges—each received approximately $100,000 to $275,000 to support their efforts to promote evidence-based best practices in online learning, expand open educational resources for students and establish a high-quality, online professional development repository for faculty.
All awarded funds will be distributed on a reimbursement schedule. Recipients have until June 30, 2022, to claim reimbursement for eligible expenses.
Note: This is not the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER II Fund), which is part of the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act. Information on GEER II will be forthcoming.