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.
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2020 Announcement Pending Funding Availability
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.