Service-Learning Grants

Service-Learning / Community-Based Research Course Development Grants

Up to $1500

Offered to faculty interested in improving existing courses, developing new courses that incorporate service-learning and/or community-based research. Recipient must also provide a written report on activities to the Service Alliance.

Deadline: No Deadline. Proposals reviewed as received.

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Award Amount, Use and Grant Period:
Funds for service‐learning/community‐based research course development grants are state funds and are subject to all state guidelines. Funds awarded must be expended within the fiscal year.

Funds may be used for the following:

  • Support of graduate or undergraduate participation in the proposed project. This excludes thesis or dissertation work, and should outline the roles/responsibilities of the student (s) in the project and how their work will contribute to their learning experience.
  • Travel required for project implementation or travel to professional meetings/workshops to present/ publicize work in service ‐ learning or course development.
  • General supplies, materials, services, personnel required for project (no computers and/or equipment).

Course development funds should not be used for summer salaries or for matching funds for external grant support when such a match is required.

Grant Selection - Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated according to:

  1. Quality: Degree to which service and reflection are integrated into course curricula and not as extra credit or a side project in the class.
  2. Community Needs/Engagement: Degree to which service component meets an unmet community need or seeks to address a community issue in partnership with a local community organization.
  3. Innovation and Replicability: Degree to which course can be used as a model for successful service‐learning course integration in the disciplinary area.
  4. Sustainability: Intention to continue course with service learning integrated in to the curriculum.
  5. Evaluation: Intention to evaluate impact and outcome of use of service‐learning as effective pedagogy for students.

Award Notification: 
Notification will be made as applications are received and reviewed.