The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), housed in the New Venture Fund, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system for scholarly communication. With this grant, SPARC’s Open Education program will expand innovative use of OER and mainstream its adoption by engaging academic libraries and conducting policy advocacy. Activities funded by the grant will increase leadership capacity for OER in government and higher education and enhance SPARC’s capacity in the area of OER advocacy.
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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.