Funding Opportunities


Deadline for proposal submission: Friday, December 9, 2016
Informational Webinar: Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 2:30PM EST - 
registration now open!

Campus Dialogue Grants: Realizing Higher Education's Greater Purposes

Campus dialogue grants of up to $5,000 for a single institution or up to $15,000 for consortia (institutional matching required for both) will provide support for one-year projects (for Academic Year 2017–2018) based around thematically integrated gatherings or dialogues involving a core group of diverse campus constituents. Successful proposals should demonstrate how these dialogues will, through the lens of each institution’s unique campus culture and the issues affecting the campus community, facilitate the greater purposes of higher education: learning and discovery, well-being, civic engagement, and preparation for living meaningfully in the world.

The dialogue designs and intended participants should reflect each institution’s unique culture and attentiveness to current issues facing the campus. While each campus will enter the discussion of higher education’s greater purposes through its own unique window, all grant projects will build on the foundational idea that campuses are, and have long been, the epicenter for conversations resulting in social change. BTtoP’s hope is that the dialogues supported by this project will seed change in the narrative about higher education, shifting that narrative from one that describes a college education primarily as a pathway to a better job to one that recognizes higher education as a pathway to a better life. The collective expression of this revitalized narrative by many campuses, through many voices and perspectives, will guide a new understanding of the greater purposes of higher education.

We invite your creative responses and proposals.

For more information on how to submit a proposal, please read the full 2017-2018 Request for Proposals.


An informational webinar will be offered on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 2:30pm EST by BTtoP’s National Evaluator Ashley Finley to provide guidance on the RFP, crafting campus dialogue proposals, and logic models. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions following the main presentation of the webinar. A recording of the webinar will also be available and posted on this page following the live presentation. 

Register for the webinar here.

Please note: we're excited to have received a high amount of registrations for our webinar! Unfortunately, our webinar technology can only support up to 100 participants on the day of. If you are registered for the webinar and aren't able to join on Tuesday the 25th due to full capacity, please know that a recording will be made available on this page. You are also welcome to reach us at with any questions.

Background Materials

Logic Model Template for Campus Dialogue Proposals
BTtoP Case Studies: Seven Stories of Campus Theory and Practice on Student Learning, Civic Engagement and Well-Being
Well-Being and Higher Education: A Strategy for Change and the Realization of Higher Education
he Civic Series

BTtoP's Triannual Newsletter

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide
requently Asked Questions