Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs
U.S. Department of Education (FIPSE) Awards FSU Open Educational Textbook Pilot Program Grant
Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) Grant
Cummings Foundation $100,000 Award
Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL) receives third BayPath Elder Services grant
Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation $10,000 Award
NEA Big Read Award to Whittemore Library
Herb and Maxine Jacobs Foundation Awards
Massachusetts Service Alliance
John Stalker Institute Receives New $42,782 Grant from DESE
STEM Summer Bridge program
21st Century Bridge Grant for Early College Program
MetroWest Health Foundation Health & Wellness Grants
Sudbury Foundation Racial Equity & Inclusion Award $3,000
IMLS Grant to Inspire Local Teens in Environmental Activism
Framingham State University (FSU) has received a $100,000 grant spread over four years from the Cummings Foundation to create a Summer Bridge Program for underrepresented and first-generation students from low-income households.
The focus of the Bridge Program, which will launch summer of 2021, will be on academics, financial literacy, mental wellness, and inclusive leadership. FSU is one of the 130 local nonprofits to receive grants through Cummings Foundation's $20 Million Grant Program and was chosen from a total of 738 applicants after a competitive review process.
"During this time of extreme economic stress and anxiety, we are so grateful to receive this award from Cummings Foundation," says Framingham State University President F. Javier Cevallos. "These critical funds will be used to provide direct assistance to our most vulnerable students as they make the difficult transition from high school to college. A college education remains the most tried and true way to move up the socioeconomic ladder. This program is going to help us ensure that more students are successful when they reach FSU."
A consortium of six colleges led by Framingham State University, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, has received a $441,367 federal grant aimed at increasing the number of college courses utilizing free Open Educational Resources (OER) rather than costly textbooks. The project - Remixing Open Textbooks through an Equity Lens (ROTEL): Culturally Relevant Open Textbooks for High Enrollment General Education Courses and Career and Professional Courses at Six Public Massachusetts Colleges - will test the hypothesis that underrepresented students will achieve higher academic outcomes if free, culturally-relevant course materials that reflect their experience are utilized.
Colleges taking part in the effort, in addition to Framingham State, include: Fitchburg State University, Holyoke Community College, Northern Essex Community College, Salem State University, and Springfield Technical Community College. The project will provide monetary incentives for faculty to create new OER textbooks and adaptions of existing open textbooks using an equity and inclusion lens, which will result in significant student savings per year. For more information about the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), go to: www.ed.gov/FIPSE.
The Department of Higher Education granted HEIF funds for FSU to create a Racial Equity Policy Review Institute. The Institute’s goal is for campus leaders to create an actionable plan to undertake policy review in their respective areas for the new academic year. Participants will better understand systemic racism in education and how it manifests on campus, be able to define what a racist policy is and how it shows up in student outcomes, and learn how to best identify policies that intentionally and unintentionally favor white students.
Inclusive and Representative Art
Framingham State received its second Racial Equity & Inclusion Award from The Sudbury Foundation this fall, for the Center for Inclusive Excellence (CIE). New Director Eric Nguyen will use the funds to hold a student art contest that responds to prompts about racial equity and inclusion, and purchase seven to ten art works to hang in the CIE. A community event also will be held to view the new campus art, hear from the artists about their creations and celebrate their accomplishments.
With all the upheaval of the past year, Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation recognized the need for more planning to pivot to new conditions. The MetroWest STEM Education Network (MSEN), hosted and administered by the Christa McAuliffe Center, will utilize the grant funds to conduct a strategic plan during 2021 for the 44 MSEN members.
The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. FSU is one of 70+ nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project.
The Henry Whittemore Library will use the $19,970 grant to host a variety of activities related to the chosen book and indigenous people this fall. With community partners Framingham Public Library and MassBay Community College, the Library will distribute An American Sunrise, by America’s first Native American Poet Laureate for a community read. Other planned activities include presentations on Native American history, book discussions, an art exhibit, poetry lectures, a student poetry reading and a virtual author talk by Joy Harjo.
Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL) & Perspective on Earth – Team Mentoring Programs (PETM) funded by LCC’s
Spring 2021 brought roughly $12,000 worth of grants to two FSU programs – one geared for elders and the other for teenagers – from six different Local Cultural Councils. The Adventures in Lifelong Learning Program, run in conjunction with Framingham Public Library, received $6,220 total from Ashland, Framingham, Marlborough, Natick, and Sudbury Cultural Councils, while the McAuliffe Center’s PETM program received $5,862 from the Framingham, Marlborough, and Milford Cultural Councils. PETM’s goal is to promote appreciation for the connection between local and global environmental challenges and to share youth’s potential solutions to address them. High School students will create awareness campaigns on a local environmental challenge, while being supported by mentors in STEM fields. ALL is an academic program designed to provide intellectual, creative, and social engagement for adults age 60 and over.
FSU is grateful for the continued generosity of The Herb and Maxine Jacobs Foundation. The Foundation is funding several projects this year including campus Pathway internships and fellowships in computer science and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, as well as support for the College Planning Collaborative and the 100 Males to College program.
The Massachusetts Department of Education and Secondary Education has awarded $42,782 to the John C. Stalker Institute for Food and Nutrition (JSI) to update six existing Massachusetts Children’s Access to Meals Planned Smart (MassCAMPS) online training modules to provide a usable and accessible resource for Massachusetts childcare professionals. The modules will be featured on the MassCAMPS website. JSI was chosen based on their strong history of establishing and expanding education opportunities for child nutrition professionals at all levels.
A $20,000 grant from the MA Dept. of Higher Education to the MetroWest College Planning Collaborative enables FSU faculty members to teach college courses to junior and senior students at their respective high schools. Partner schools – Framingham, Milford, and Boston International High Schools - offer two cohort dual enrollment courses per academic year for economically disadvantaged and minoritized students.
In collaboration with the Framingham Public School District, FSU received a planning grant to develop an AmeriCorps program that will explore how to create a pipeline supporting bilingual candidates and students of color to achieve teacher licensure in high-needs areas. Starting in August, the grant will aid in the development of teacher pathways and financial models that will make teacher licensure an affordable and attainable goal for diverse candidates by replicating a successful teacher residency model.
The MA Department of Higher Education approved a third year of funding ($29,991) for the STEM Summer Transfer Accelerator Program, a two-week, summer, residential program that provides incoming transfer students with research experience and campus familiarity to be successful upper level science majors. Dr. Larry McKenna of the Department of Physics and Earth Science and Dr. Aline Davis of the Department of Biology direct the program, in conjunction with Massachusetts Bay Community College, to increase retention and graduation rates of minoritized STEM students.
$22,341 received for two different programs.
This spring and summer brought two awards, one for a new Vaping Cessation Program for the Health Center, and one for the Counseling Center to purchase equipment and furniture to better serve students safely during the pandemic. During the 2021-22 academic year, students who are motivated to quit or cut back on vaping will receive a multi-faceted program to help them, based on successful tobacco cessation models.
Framingham State University (FSU) has received a $13,599 grant from BayPath Elder Services to fund an outreach coordinator and two bilingual assistants to expand the free Adventures in Lifelong Learning Program to isolated seniors, as well as those from underrepresented communities. The goal of the program is to decrease social isolation among seniors while keeping them active and healthy, nurturing their intellect and creativity, and promoting their well-being.
Project-based learning to confront growing crisis
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently awarded the McAuliffe Center a $49,964 grant to run a project-based program that aims to foster awareness and understanding of global and local environmental issues among high-school age youth and their communities. Called Perspective of Earth Team Mentorship, the program involves teenagers from Framingham, Milford, and Marlborough High Schools to integrate environmental and climate education with civic engagement during out-of-school time.