Mini-Grant Awards for Service Learning
projects that strengthen communities
The Center for Service Learning offers several $500 Service Learning Mini-Grant Awards each semester. Grants are awarded to faculty/instructors on a competitive basis according to the selection criteria listed below.
The Center for Service Learning seeks to support best practices in service learning and mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships.
Mini-grants will be awarded to support service learning efforts that meet the following criteria:
- The project must demonstrate the use of service learning best practices, including: a reciprocal planning process with the community partner(s); the integration of academic content and the service experience; and student reflection assignments that relate and reinforce the service and learning.
- Service learning projects must have well-defined objectives explicitly tied to course learning goals. Efforts that include assessment or measurement of outcomes, including feedback from students and partnering organizations, will be given priority.
- Service learning courses must target a community-defined need and contribute to a positive impact for the community. Meetings should be held with faculty and community partners before and during the semester to mutually define and direct the project. Students should be included whenever possible.
Award winners will be required to submit a brief description of the course project and outcomes at the end of the semester.
Awarded grant funds will be transferred to the recipient's departmental OOE account and must be used following 099 state fund guidelines. Potential allowable costs may include materials, books, and supplies. Some purchases require special approval. All purchases will be subject to recipients' departmental procedures.
Proposals must be submitted through the online form, linked below.
Through this form, applicants are requested to describe the service learning component, its delivery of course learning outcomes, and the intended community benefit, with attention paid to selection criteria parameters. Applicants are also asked to include a detailed budget of how funds will be spent to support the service-learning project components. Grant funds must be applied equitably to student service efforts when multiple community partners work with one course, or applicants must include rationale for disproportionate allocation of funds.
To support proposal development, the Center for Service Learning has a number of resources available online:
Deadline: Second Deadline for Fall 2017 mini grants is Friday August 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm.