Foundation / Corporation
Davis Educational Foundation (DEF)
Grants to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut colleges and universities to strengthen undergraduate programs. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff in advance of the deadline to discuss eligibility and proposal ideas. Funding is intended for initatives to improve teaching and learning, as well as to help control costs and affordability.
In order to achieve the above objectives, the Foundation has funded:
- Projects that improve the curriculum, the learning environment, assessment of undergraduate learning outcomes, faculty development, incentive systems, and administrative structures.
- Collaborative efforts among colleges and universities to reduce costs and improve learning.
- Studies and planning efforts central to the Foundation’s concerns and interests.
GrantWatch ID#: 180401
The Davis Educational Foundation does make multiple-year awards. The Foundation recognizes that the objectives it strives to achieve frequently require multi-year initiatives. Many of the Foundation’s grants are for two or three year periods.
Eligible institutions meet the following conditions:
- Are public or private and nonprofit.
- Are regionally-accredited baccalaureate degree granting.
- Are located in one of the six New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
- Are single institutions or consortia of eligible institutions.
The Foundation uses the Carnegie Foundation basic classification to determine eligibility of institutions newly-approved to offer the four year degree. A college is an eligible baccalaureate degree granting institution once it awards 10 percent of its degrees as four year degrees.
If faculty participation in the funded project will require work deemed outside of their normal responsibilities, grant funds may be budgeted for faculty stipends or for course release. Eligible course release expenses are those actual costs incurred to hire replacement instructors. Administrators on salaried full year contracts are typically expected to oversee or participate in special projects; their salaries are seldom eligible for grant support.
Fringe benefit expenses are also treated on an actual cost incurred basis. When a stipend is paid, legally mandated taxes and insurance and sometimes retirement expenses are incurred and may be included in the grant budget. Full fringe benefit rates that include health insurance and other benefits may not be charged on stipends.
The foundation carefully scrutinizes requests involving new positions due to the associated carry forward expense to the institution and our philosophical aversion to contributing to increased costs. The Foundation does recognize, however, that there are instances when a new position is justified. For budgets containing newly-created positions, the Foundation expects the institution to assume an increasing proportion of the expense over the life of the grant.
The foundation typically does not award concurrent grants to institutions. The concurrent award restriction does not apply to institutions participating in consortia-funded grants or those awarded funding under the Presidential Grant Program. If there is any question about your institution’s eligibility, please do not submit an application without first contacting the foundation.
In addition to the personnel discussion above, the foundation does not fund international travel, automobile leases or purchases, new construction and retrofitting, furnishings, scholarships, indirect or overhead expenses.
The Davis Educational Foundation does not fund endowments or scholarships nor does it make grants to capital campaigns.
The foundation recognizes that project-specific proposals may coincide with the timing of an institution’s capital campaign. Such proposals, that otherwise meet the foundation’s objectives and criteria, are eligible for consideration.
Generally, funding requests may include items that are not included in the college or university’s budget. Grant funds are not awarded to provide budget relief.
The foundation reserves the right to deem institutions placed on probation by the regional accrediting agency as ineligible.
Applicants are urged to contact program staff well in advance of the submission deadline to discuss proposal ideas and to confirm eligibility. All submissions must be coordinated through the college or university development office.
Applications must be received in the foundation office by noon on March 15, May 15, and October 1, 2018.
Proposals are reviewed and processed promptly. Applicants can expect to hear from foundation staff, generally within two weeks of the submission deadline, with clarifying questions, requests for additional information, or to request a site visit. The site visit is an important component of the selection process.
Applicants that meet the March deadline can expect final notification in early May; those who submit for the May deadline receive notice in early July; and October applicants are notified in early December.
Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application.
Please note: The Foundation looks for proposals that address institutional priorities. If a campus is requesting external funding for a project, its commitment to the project should be evident in many ways – including the budget. Amounts and percentages will vary by project and institution, but the commitment must be clear.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applications must be received at the DEF office by noon on the deadline date:
Davis Educational Foundation
30 Forest Falls Drive, Suite 5
Yarmouth, ME 04096
USA: Connecticut; Maine; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; Rhode Island; Vermont