Funding Opportunity

To lead the rise of polytechnic education we must inspire success in every learning journey.  


Many learners face a financial barrier and after tuition, textbooks are the highest cost for our students.  


By transitioning your course to Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) or developing an Open Education Resource (OER), you can support innovation in teaching and delivery and eliminate textbook costs for students while maintaining or even enhancing learning effectiveness. 


Download forms here:

ZTC Application Form

OER Funding Application Form


How can I commit to a ZTC course? 

  1. Review the ZTC form 
  2. Outline your plan 
  3. You could be awarded $1000 towards professional development! 
  4. Receive Library support in sourcing available content 


Committing to a ZTC allows you to combine the use of licensed library materials, open education resources (OER), public domain content, and openly licensed materials (Creative Commons) while also breaking down financial barriers by eliminating textbooks costs for students. 


What if my subject is too specialized or available content is inadequate? 

  1. Consider developing/adapting an Open Education Resource (OER) for your course!   
  2. Access funding available to support you by using the application form attached to this email 


What is the process for applying? 

  • All applications for both opportunities will be reviewed by a committee.   
  • Funding levels and number of awards will depend on the number of submissions received. 
  • Applicants are eligible to receive funds for one ZTC course OR one OER project only (but we welcome multiple submissions for review).   
  • Forms submitted by Tuesday, November 30 will receive priority consideration. 
  • All applicants will be notified of their application status by Friday, January 14


Send completed applications to Melissa Mantyka at or 306-659-6919.  


For more information about OER or ZTC visit, or contact our Copyright Office at  


OER/ZTC information sessions will be held at noon on Tuesday, November 16 and again at noon on Tuesday, November 23 via: 


Need help finding alternative learning resources?  Send an info request to our Library Services team at