TLC Innovation Grant

Call for Proposals: Academic Year 2022-23

The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) Innovation Grant program is an internal funding opportunity supported by Geneseo Foundation that provides resources for faculty and professional staff members. The purpose of these grants is to support innovative pedagogical ideas from faculty and staff that advance the mission of the College and TLC, including supporting a learning culture that values and rewards teaching, facilitates reflective dialogue about pedagogy, supports the development of teaching as a practice and a scholarly activity, invites innovation in curricular development, and encourages the creation of diverse learning environments in which all students can excel. 


The deadline for submitting an application for Fall 2022 Innovation Grant funding is midnight, Monday, October 31st. We will determine if there is sufficient funding for a Spring 2023 application after Fall awards have been selected. 

Items or activities funded by Innovation Grants must take place after the application is approved--grant funds cannot be applied retroactively. Items or activities funded by Innovation Grants must be completed by mid-June, 2023. 

Applicant Eligibility

All full- and part-time faculty and professional staff are eligible to apply. 

Priority Innovation Grant Funding Options

The following professional development opportunities fit within the Innovation Grant mission towards advancing pedagogical practice and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Geneseo. 

In the interests of building cohorts that are sharing learning experiences,  streamlining funding distribution, and providing clear exemplars of successful proposal models, Innovation Grant funding this year will be prioritized for individuals seeking funding for one of the following opportunities. 

If you have an idea for an Innovation Grant that falls outside of these options, you are still welcome to apply.

Certification Programs

  • SUNY Center for Professional Development’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Teaching and Learning Certificate
    • Applications will be considered for those interested in taking 1, 2, or 3 courses
    • Applications should include which course(s) will be taken, in which time period
  • Educause Institutes. Multiple options available, including: 
    • Digital Learning Innovators Institute: Mar-May 23
    • Data Literacy Institute: Jan-Mar 23, or Jun-July 23
    • New Managers Institute: Jan-Mar 23, or Apr-Jun 23
    • Applications should include which Institute will be taken, in which time period

Conference Attendance

Applicants may request funding for attending one of the following conferences.

  • #POD22 Online, November 14-18, 2022
  • ITLC Lilly Online Conference, multiple dates in April 2023
  • Another pedagogy-focused conference, such as one within your discipline. 
    • Application should include details about the conference and its sponsoring organization, its time frame, any associated expenses, and which expenses your application request will cover. This conference may be in-person or virtual. The conference should explicitly be focused on pedagogy and instruction, rather than your usual professional research work. 
    • Innovation grant funding is a maximum of $1500 per person per academic year; awards may be granted for full or partial funding of the asked-for amount, depending on the determination of the reviewers.   

Review and Approval

TLC Innovation Grants are funded from the Geneseo Foundation. The number of grants awarded will depend on the number of applications received and the amount of successful requests. 

Application review and funding recommendations will be completed by a subset of the TLC Advisory Committee. Any member of the Advisory Committee who applies for a grant will not participate in application review. 

Applicants who are not awarded funding will receive feedback from the Advisory Committee and will be encouraged to apply for the next grant cycle. 

Apply Here

Applications for TLC Innovation Grants for Fall 2023 are due midnight, Monday, October 31st, 2022.

Complete the Google Form to submit your application. You will receive automated confirmation of your form submission immediately, and a personal acknowledgement of receipt from the review committee within 2 business days. 

For any questions about the TLC Innovation Grants program, please contact Alexis Clifton, interim Director of the Teaching and Learning Center, at