New Venture Fund

For OER Advocacy Through Campus Libraries

  • Amount
    $693,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    11/17/2015
  • Term
    24 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
Overview
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, housed in the New Venture Fund, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to improve society by creating a more open system for scholarly communication. The group’s Open Education program seeks to expand innovative use of OER and mainstream its adoption by engaging academic libraries on campus and conducting collaborative policy advocacy in Washington, D.C. The group’s activities will increase leadership capacity for OER in government and higher education and will enhance the capacity of an anchor institution in the area of OER advocacy.
About the Grantee
Address
1828 L Street NW, Suite 300 – A, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for the Open Education program at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition  
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), a fiscally sponsored project of New Venture Fund, is a nonprofit advocacy group that supports systems for research and education that are open by default and equitable by design. With this grant, SPARC will continue to advance open education by building capacity through libraries, promoting structural change in policy and the marketplace, and supporting strategic collaboration. The outcome will be greater opportunities for the use of open educational resources and practices in North American higher education, which will enable more equitable and effective educational experiences for students. (Substrategy: Sustainable Systems)
for Project Unloaded  
This grant supports Project Unloaded, a fiscally sponsored project of the New Venture Fund. The mission of Project Unloaded is to create a new cultural narrative that guns make us less safe. Through creative and cultural campaigns, Project Unloaded establishes safe spaces for open conversations about guns and provides accurate information about gun safety to inspire the next generation to choose on their own terms not to own and use guns. Grant funds would support Project Unloaded’s social media campaigns to reach teens throughout the U.S. Funding would also support youth engagement via Project Unloaded’s community partner program and national youth council.

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