Community Engagement

Grant Opportunities

THE 2023-2024 GRANT CYCLE IS NOW OPEN. Applications due date extended April 10, 2023 to April 17, 2023 by 11:59pm.

The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce its 2023-2024 Grant Cycle. Please read the descriptions below. Contact communityengagement@ with any questions. 

Links for each of the online grant applications are listed below.

Pedagogical Grant -$2500 (maximum)

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.

Faculty Engaged Research or Creative Activity Grant -$1500 (maximum)

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 -$1000 (maximum)

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.

Student Scholar Grant-$500

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.

Travel Grant -$1000 (maximum)

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, 2022 until April 15, 2023, 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.


Downloadable Budget Form for All Grants:



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

Pamela Palacios, Community Engagement Analyst