Call for Applications for Framework Space Grants

A Sense of Place is ... “Having a place that has meaning and value to you, a place where you feel attached to both the physical and social environment.”

Rogers and Bragg, 2012

The Integrated Physical Planning Liaison Group (IPPLG) is providing matching grant funds to support the advancement of Framework 2.0 by updating Columbus and Regional campus spaces that promote student success. As part of the Framework 2.0 planning process, the university identified a need for more informal learning spaces - non-discipline specific spaces frequented by students for self-directed learning activities, socialization, and collaboration.

Video Feature: Framework Space Grants

There are two grants available to units. The Informal Learning Space Grant, provides applicants the opportunity to transform lobby spaces, student lounges, or hallway spaces outside of classrooms into welcoming, collaborative spaces (schedulable, formal spaces will not be considered). Flexible, transformative tables and seating, flooring, paint, whiteboards, magazine racks, and electrical upgrades are all examples of updates that are appropriate for informal spaces.

The second grant available is the Civic Space Grant, which focuses on outdoor space improvements including the addition of site furnishings and other amenities outside of buildings.

Applications for both grants are being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, and must be submitted (10) business days prior to the monthly IPPLG meetings. IPPLG will provide a dollar to dollar match for grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000*. For example, a project totaling $30,000 would be broken down by the unit paying $15,000, and IPPLG funding $15,000. Examples of recently funded grants are displayed below.

For grant consideration, applicants must obtain college/unit approvals prior to applying for grant funding. Once approved, contact Leslie Weibush to discuss project details. Units will also be expected to submit proposals in PDF format. Grants will be awarded until funding is exhausted for the year with a total of $250,000 available in FY20 for each grant. To be considered, applicants must work with a representative from Planning, Architecture & Real Estate (PARE) to ensure the project meets the university’s design guidelines and appropriate space planning principles. PARE will assist the grantee in developing concepts and space layouts for the proposed project. Use of university strategic procurement program is expected where applicable.

Recently Funded Grants

Gerlach Hall

The graduate student lounge in Gerlach Hall was transformed into an accommodating space using grant funding.

Enarson Hall

This informal learning space on the third floor of Enarson Hall was renovated to provide a more flexible and useful environment.

Thompson Library

Thompson Library recently added these simple tables and chairs to provide outdoor seating.

Department of Microbiology

The Department of Microbiology renovated room 484 in the Biological Sciences Building.

College of Nursing

The College of Nursing created an informal learning and lounge space in Newton Hall.

Smith Laboratory

Smith Laboratory recently added this informal learning space as a partnership between the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering.