Community Engagement

Grant Opportunities

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Dear full- and part-time faculty:

The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce its 2020-2021 Grant Cycle. Grants are described below. If you have any questions, please contact 

We seek proposals for the following grant opportunities:

This grant supports one faculty member in designing and teaching a community-based pedagogical project to be implemented in a course. Faculty are expected to teach at least one section of the class and have it designated as a Community-Based Learning (Service Learning) course in SOLAR. Faculty must use an approved community partner in our S4 Database. Faculty from the same or different departments who wish to collaborate on a project must submit individual applications and indicate in the grant and budget proposals the names of faculty partners. Each application is considered separately, and funding is based on the strength of individual proposals and not the project. For those faculty who are funded, each will receive up to $2500. In the event that a faculty collaborator is not awarded the grant, the faculty member may choose to participate without funding. Faculty may also apply for a student scholar by completing the Student Scholar section of this application and not submit a separate Student Scholar Grant. (see description below). The cost of the student scholar will NOT be deducted from your grant funding if awarded. You do not need to add this into your budget.

This grant supports community-based research/creative activity on a project that leads to a presentation, publication, or other public-facing event. Faculty must use an approved community partner in our S4 Database. Faculty from the same or different departments who wish to collaborate on a project may apply together but must submit individual applications. If funded, each faculty will receive up to $1500. Faculty may also apply for an hourly student assistant to help research, design, and implement this project.

  • Seed Grant - up to $1,000 per faculty applicant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

This grant supports faculty new to community engagement or faculty who have a new community-engaged course design, project, or creative activity. There is no commitment to teach a class connected to this grant in the AY it is funded; however, faculty are expected to design a syllabus by the grant term's end and teach a community-based learning course in the following academic year. To support teaching the course during the subsequent AY, faculty can apply for the Pedagogical Grant. Faculty may also apply for a mentor to help them design and implement this project. 

This grant allows faculty to select and pay a current student to support a Community-Based Learning (Service Learning) course taught that academic year. Student Scholars receive training from our office and work for a maximum of 20 hours over the course of the semester. Note: If you have requested a student scholar as part of a Pedagogical Grant Application, please do not apply for a Student Scholar Grant.

Faculty who need funding to travel for a community-based conference presentation or project can request up to $500 for travel during the period of July 1, 2020 until April 15, 2021, or until our travel grants are exhausted. This is our only rolling deadline grant. Funds are limited and are on a first come, first served basis.

Download the Budget Form 

Deadline: April 20, 2020 by 11:59pm to grant specific email address.

Pedagogical Grant 
Research Creative Activity Grant 
Seed Grant 
Student Scholar Grant 

Application Directions:

  1. Using the downloadable word files above, complete the application form for the grant(s) for which you would like to apply. 

  2. Once your department chair has signed the Signature and Departmental Consent section, please submit your application(s) to the specific email link located on the first page each application (You will need to attach your saved application to your email submission).


Contact Julia Heinen, D.M.A., Interim Director of Community Engagement 

Pamela Palacios, Community Engagement Analyst