Faculty Service-Learning Mini-Grants
Available Funds and Size of Awards
Individual awards are expected to range between $500.00 and $1,000.00. Larger allocations may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Requests for support for previously funded projects will be considered, but priority will be given to new projects and or significant innovations of previous projects.
Multidisciplinary research projects and courses are especially encouraged to apply.
Mini-Grant Call for Proposals:
Due Date for Proposals: May 4, 2018
Faculty service-learning mini-grants will be awarded to support the following:
- a new community-based research project
- evaluation of a community-based research project or service-learning initiative
- creation of a new or improved service-learning course
- a new service-learning initiative or t he further development of an existing one
- professional development related to community-based research or service-learning
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.