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Active Learning Center (ALC) Grant

In-Kind Grants to USA, Canada, and Mexico Schools
and Colleges to Improve Classroom Space to Advance Learning

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Grants in the form of in-kind donations and services valued at $67,000 to USA, Territories, Canada, and Mexico schools serving grades six through twelve, as well as colleges and universities, to use their physical classroom spaces to advance learning in new and important ways. Eligible academic institutions are those that primarily focus on formal, instructor-led learning in a designated classroom.

Steelcase has a passion for understanding how learning takes place and how smarter, active learning spaces can help.

Each Active Learning Center Grant covers the cost of furniture, design, installation, onsite training, and a Learning Environment Evaluation measurement tool, for one of four classroom types designed to elevate connection, improve engagement, and spur collective success of students and staff. These classrooms will support up to 30 students.

Active Learning Classroom 1 - Flexible classroom encourages full participation across many modes.

With mobile, height-adjustable seats and tables that make room for a blend of casual and more formalized arrangements, this classroom offers students and instructors a high degree of control over the learning experience.

- Blended seating and table solutions let students choose the best support for their learning needs.
- Verb personal whiteboards encourage creativity and sharing, and provide privacy during assessment; larger shared whiteboards support co-creation and collaboration.
- Chevron table shape supports easy viewing, linking students to content and each other, and instructors to students for monitoring and just-in-time assessment.
- Half-round table and Buoy seating support short-term collaboration and encourage
healthy movement.

Active Learning Classroom 2 - Zoned classroom supports multiple, simultaneous activities

Listening. Independent reading. Hands-on exercises. This classroom does it all – and invites engagement with clear zones to support different activities that may happen concurrently.

- Ergonomic chairs let students huddle quickly, swivel easily, refer to content in any direction and stay comfortably focused and engaged.
- Lounge seating provides a breakout area for mentoring, individual focus or collaboration.
- A range of seating heights supports multiple postures in the classroom.

Active Learning Classroom 3 - Makerspace encourages exploration and problem solving.

Hands-on activities and less formal conversations can spark new thinking and understanding. This varied, mobile setting makes it easy to think, make and share together, and encourages trying something new.

- Face-to-face seating encourages student engagement and team collaboration.
- Casual setting encourages ideation, informal conversations and more formal sharing,
such as critiques or design reviews.
- Large height-adjustable tables support building and prototyping.
- Thread brings power up off the floor to user height where no other power source may exist with a clean, accessible user interface.
- Mobile furniture allows for modal switching in seconds to increase interaction and minimize disruption.

Active Learning Classroom 4 - Personalized classroom prioritizes large and small group work, with great options for individual work.

This classroom offers a variety of integrated choices for collaborating and focus, with a centralized lounge zone to support gatherings, quiet work, study and reflection.

- Blended seating and table solutions let students choose the best support for their learning needs.
- Classroom supports a range of activities that allow students to choose the best place for their work at hand.
- Verb Active Media Table houses a shared display (not included); at the push of a button, students can collaborate around on-screen content or retract the monitor to focus attention on each other.
- Lounge seating provides a breakout area for mentoring, individual focus or collaboration.
- Thread brings power up off the floor to user height where no other power source may exist with a clean, accessible user interface.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178075

Number of Grants:

Up to 16 grants are awarded per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are valued at $67,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant eligibility includes academic institutions that focus primarily on formal, instructor-led learning in designated classrooms.

Specific Criteria:

- Eligible Regions: Classrooms must be located in the United States, USA Territories, Puerto Rico, Canada, or Mexico.
- Eligible Grades: Grades 6-12 or within a college or university
- Eligible Class Size: Up to 30 students

Pre-proposal Conference:

ALC Grant Webinar for Higher Education:

Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
Duration: 1 hour
Registration: Registration is required to join this event (see link in Contact Information section below). If you have not registered, please do so now.

Pre-Application Information:

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See the Supporting Documents below to access the grant overview, proposal template, and FAQs.

To apply, complete the Grant Proposal Template (attached below) and submit your completed proposal online at the link in the Contact Information section below.

The submission deadline is Friday, February 2, 2018.

Key Dates:

Grant Opens: Friday, December 1, 2017
Grant Closes: Friday, February 2, 2018
Grant Recipients announced: Friday, March 23, 2018

December Webinar: Thursday, December 14, 2017
January Webinar: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.