Faculty Service-Learning Mini-Grant Information
Information for Interested Faculty
What is a Faculty, Service-Learning Mini-Grant
Available Mini-Grand Funds
Individual awards normaly range between $500.00 and $1,000.00, though larger allocations may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Multidisciplinary research projects, courses, or intiatives are especially encouraged to apply.
NOTE: Requests to support previously funded projects will be considered, but priority is given to new projects and or significant innovations over previous projects.
Mini-Grants support the following:
- A new community-based research project
- Evaluation of an existing community-based research project or service-learning initiative
- Creation of a new or improved service-learning course
- A new service-learning initiative or the further development of an existing one
- Professional development related to community-based research or service-learning
Mini-Grant Selection Criteria
Project Design and Student Learning Goals:
Programs must have well-defined objectives, demonstrable and realistic outcomes and a thoughtfully planned timeline. Measurement of outcomes is highly encouraged and should include feedback from partnering organization. This may include qualitative—such as focus groups or interviews—or quantitative—such as written surveys—or a mixed methods approach.
Service-learning courses must have a positive impact on the community and target a specific unmet need defined in conjunction with community members. Research, instructional products and/or presentations and publications must be an innovative contribution to the academic discipline and/or the service-learning community. Where applicable, it is highly recommended to have an initial meeting between the community partners, faculty, students and any other stakeholders such as receivers-of-service to establish honorable relationships and to make sure project details are clearly outlined.
Integration of Best Practices:
The project must demonstrate how principles related to community-based research (e.g. involvement by community; end result of research has demonstrable benefit to identified community) and/or service-learning (e.g. reciprocal relationship building with community partner, opportunities for student reflection; incorporation of academic concepts into service experience) will be integrated.
Download Project Funding Application Form
2020 Faculty Funding Support for Service-Learning and Community-Based Research
In the upcoming academic year, TILT’s Office of Service-Learning wishes to support your service-learning (SL) and community-based research (CBR), especially as it relates to COVID-response adaptation. Thus, we're rolling out something new this year. We will be accepting applications for non-competitive "Faculty SL and CBR Mini-Grants through April 1, 2021, or until all available funds have been dispersed.2020 Application Form
Providing that your course elements meet all of the listed criteria, any application submitted during the 2020-21 academic year—before the April 1 deadline—will automatically qualify for funding from TILT’s Office of Service-Learning.
Please submit our shortened application, at your earliest convenience and, please, feel free to direct any questions you might have to Margit Hentschel, Director, Office of Service-Learning. Thank you for your interest.
Recognizing the AY 2016-17 Celebrate! CSU Award Recipients for exceptional community partners, students, and instructors committed to service-learning and university-community engagement, and community-based research.
Exceptional Achievement in Service-Learning Student Award
Presented for remarkable social or environmental contributions achieved through an academic service-learning course, a supervised internship or professional project, or community-engaged research.
Exceptional Achievement in Service-Learning Community Partner Award
Presented for demonstrated commitment to building university-community partnerships that meet community-articulated needs and challenges while supporting the holistic education of the next generation of professionals, leaders, and citizens.
Instructional Innovation in Service-Learning Awards
Presented to instructors who clearly enrich course content and addresses community concerns through skillful application of service-learning pedagogy in an academic course.