Experiential Learning Seed Grant Program


The Experiential Learning Seed Grant (ELSG) Program is a competitive internal funding program for Valdosta State University faculty and staff. It is financially supported by the VSU Planning and Budget Council and President’s Cabinet, and managed and administered by the QEP Coordinator and QEP Advisory Committee. 

Program Objectives

To assist faculty

  • To off-set project costs associated with Experiential Learning activities for Valdosta State University students. 
  • To assist faculty and staff in implementing Experiential Learning activities for Valdosta State University students through development support.


Subject to continued funding, a total of $20,000 per fiscal year is available for the ELSG program this year. It is anticipated that a total of 3 – 5 proposals will be awarded.

A call will be distributed to campus whereby a sponsor can request funding for a project, up to $4,000 total per annual award. Faculty may request a budget to cover development support for implementing activities, offset project costs, and or need-based student financial support. Each faculty member will need to apply for an Experiential Learning Endorsement for the Course Activity or Program prior to applying for an Experiential Learning Seed Grant (ELSG). An ELSG application link will be made available if desired after the faculty member submits the Experiential Learning Endorsement for a Course Activity or Program application.

Maximum award amounts are as follows:

  • Single Experiential Learning Activity: $4,000/annual award (award can be utilized over two terms, ex. Fall, Spring course sections)

Sample Funding Project Ideas

  • Offset expenses for Russian Language and Culture Students to travel to Jacksonville where they will engage their Russian knowledge in a grocery store, restaurant, and theatre. 
  • Offset expenses for science students to travel to the Okefenokee Swamp to collect water samples and process those samples in the lab.

Review Our Open Forum Discussion Regarding the Experiential Learning Seed Grant Initiative!