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.

    Community Needs:

    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

  • Recent Winners

    2016-17 Winners

    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.

    Courtney Bitzen receiving the AY 2016-17 Exceptional Achievement in Service-Learning Student Award

    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.

    Ludivina Rueda, Poudre Libraries, receiving the AY 2016-17 Exceptional Achievement in Service-Learning Community Partner Award

    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.

    Dr. Eunhee Choi, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, receiving an AY 2016-17 Instructional Innovation in Service-Learning Award
    Dr. Malcolm Scott receiving an AY 2016-17 Instructional Innovation in Service-Learning Award

Contact Info

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Margit Hentschel
Director of Service-Learning; Co-Dir. of CSU Center for Mindfulness

TILT, Rm 301
Email Phone: 970.491.2032