Call for Applications for the Framework Informal Learning Space and Civic Space Grants

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

The Framework Learning Space Grant is available to all colleges/units for improvement of interior and exterior spaces. Interior projects that transform lobby spaces, student lounges, or hallway spaces outside of classrooms into welcoming, collaborative spaces will be prioritized. Flexible, transformative tables and seating, flooring, paint and wall graphics, whiteboards, magazine racks, and electrical upgrades are all examples of updates that are appropriate for informal space grant funding. Exterior projects that improve a space through the addition of site furnishings (benches, tables/chairs, etc.), lighting and paving upgrades will also be prioritized. The spaces between buildings are often overlooked but are important to establishing a strong, cohesive campus.

Applications for grants are being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis beginning July 1. IPPLG will provide a dollar-to-dollar match for grants ranging from $10,000-$50,000. For example, a project totaling $30,000 would result in the unit paying $15,000 and IPPLG funding $15,000. Examples of recently funded grants are displayed below. Units are limited to one grant per year, as funding is limited.

To determine project eligibility, please contact Rebekah Gayley to discuss the project. After determining whether the project meets the goals of the Framework Learning Space Grant, applicants will be expected to work with a representative from Planning, Architecture & Real Estate (PARE) on design concepts to ensure the project meets the university’s design guidelines and appropriate space planning principles. An estimated total budget, including the source of the 1:1 match, must be obtained from the Facilities Operations and Development Office. Furniture must be purchased through university contracts.

Applicants must obtain college/unit approvals prior to applying for grant funding. Grants will be awarded until funding is exhausted for the year, with a total of $500,000 available in FY23. Applications must be submitted (10) business days prior to the monthly IPPLG meeting (held on the first Tuesday of each month).

Grant proposal submission

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.

McPherson Hall

The informal space outside a large lecture hall was renovated to create a comfortable space for study and collaboration.

Hitchcock Hall East Entrance

The east entrance building renovation improved ADA access and created informal seating.

Hale Hall

An informal learning and lounge space was created on the second floor of Hale Hall.