Request for Proposals: Affordable Materials Grants Round 21

Affordable Learning Georgia is issuing a Request for Proposals for Affordable Materials Grants with applications due by Monday, February 14th, 2022.


Affordable Learning Georgia’s Affordable Materials Grants are intended to:

  • Explore and expand course materials transformation to include the adoption, adaptation, and creation of Open Educational Resources (OER); the adoption of materials available through GALILEO and USG libraries; and the use of other no-cost and low-cost materials.
  • Provide support and time to faculty instructors, librarians, instructional designers, and other professional staff to meet, plan, review, and implement these approaches.
  • Work toward equitable access to materials and lower materials costs for students and contribute to their retention, progression, and graduation.

Examples of Transformation Grants projects include:

  • Adopting an OpenStax Sociology textbook in place of a commercial textbook for Introduction to Sociology and creating new ancillary materials to support the adoption.
  • Adapting existing Calculus OER to fit the learning outcomes of your particular course and then adopting these new materials in place of a commercial textbook.
  • Creating new OER to adopt in place of a commercial textbook when there are no OER to cover the subject.
  • Creating a Library Reading List to adopt in place of a commercial textbook when there are no OER to cover the subject.
  • Adopting a low-cost homework or adaptive solution such as Lumen Learning’s Waymaker or OHM, OpenStax Partner courseware, or other low cost materials to ensure total required resource costs for students are under $40.00.

There are two types of Affordable Materials Grants:

Transformation Grants

Transformation Grants support individual instructors, teams of instructors, and entire departments, along with supporting professional staff, in replacing their existing commercial textbooks and materials in a specific course with no- or low-cost-to-students learning materials. These materials can include the following:

  • Adoption, adaptation, and/or creation of Open Educational Resources (OER), such as open textbooks and ancillary materials.
  • Adoption of library materials available in GALILEO and USG libraries at no additional cost to students.
  • Adoption of no-cost materials outside of OER, such as freely available websites and multimedia.
  • Adoption of low-cost materials, not exceeding $40.00 total per student.

All Transformation Grants projects will have a final semester of Spring 2023.

Continuous Improvement Grants

Continuous Improvement Grants support projects that increase the sustainability of open educational resources through substantial revisions and the creation of new materials. Continuous Improvement Grants include:

  • Revision of OER used in existing courses
  • Creation of ancillaries for existing OER courses
  • Replacement of current OER in courses with new/improved OER

Continuous Improvement Grants projects can have a final semester of Fall 2022 or Spring 2023.

Which should I apply for?

Application Process

Online Interest Meeting

Two online meetings in Microsoft Teams were held for interested grant applicants. The archived videos and slides are listed below:

Monday, July 19, 2021, 2:00pm: View Recording
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Monday, October 4, 2021, 2:00pm: View Recording
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Writing a Competitive Affordable Materials Grant Webinar

Affordable Learning Georgia has made some big changes to its grants programs over this academic year! On Friday, September 4, 2020, we discussed the changes to the Affordable Materials Grants (previously Textbook Transformation Grants) program with some tips for writing a competitive proposal for this year’s rounds and some questions answered for starting your proposals.