Indiana Campus Compact Grants

INCC Taylor GardenIndiana Campus Compact offers a wide variety of grants to our partner campuses, including grants for student service projects and plunges, course development grants for faculty, and grants for faculty or staff to offset the costs of a campus community dialogue. See tabs below for more information.

15-16 Service Engagement Grants – Three types of grants are available: Scholarship of Engagement Grants for faculty, Student Community Service Grants, and Listening to Communities Grants for faculty and staff.  Download 15-16 Service Engagement Grant Application

Conference Scholarship – available for faculty, students, and staff to offset the costs of presenting about Indiana Campus Compact’s mission of preparing students to advance the public good in their communities. Download 15-16 Conference Registration Scholarship Grant Application

Faculty Fellowships (available spring 2016 contingent upon funding) – The Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellows program is a year-long learning community experience. Selected individuals will serve a one-year term as part of a cohort with other engaged scholars from Indiana Campus Compact partner campuses. 

The Engaged Campus Grants (available summer 2016 contingent upon funding) – The Engaged Campus Grants support the embedment of service engagement into campus culture. Individual departments may apply for The Engaged Department Grant to develop and/or strengthen their support for service engagement. Institutions may apply for the Enhancing Service Engagement Collaboration Grant to support the holistic implementation of service engagement through Academic and Student Affairs partnerships.   

Use the examples below to get project ideas, learn how to categorize your project, see how successful recipients met grant requirements, and how the money was spent.

Student Community Service  (MLK Day of Service) – Carley Pedro, Indiana State University – MLK Day of Service More than 350 students from Indiana State University participated in multiple projects to celebrate Martin Luther King’s legacy. They helped the Red Cross promote fire safety by distributing materials at apartment complexes, cleaned the facilities and participated in activities with children at Ryves Hall Youth Center, sorted bulk food items for a food pantry, and worked on a rehab Habitat for Humanity house. This successful project was able to serve a total of 23 community sites! Funds were used to pay for safety glasses, gloves, food and water. Download MLK day project narrative

Student Community Service (Poverty) – Chris Short, Anderson University – Operation Foundation Completing over 25 service projects to help rebuild and restore the west side neighborhood of Inner Anderson, 250 students were able to provide families and community organizations with services that were invaluable. During the project students completed beautification projects such as trash removal, painting homes, gardening, trash removal, re-building broken ramps, and yard work. The funds were used for volunteer t-shirts and paint supplies. Download Operation Foundation project narrative

Student Community Service (Health and Human Services) – Caty Munden, Indiana University Bloomington – Harbor Bloomington Through serving in the local community kitchen and purchasing, organizing, and distributing warm clothing and food, more than 30 students were able to provide relief from the harsh winter weather for more than 200 homeless Bloomington residents. Students delivered warm clothing (more than 150 shirts, 300 socks, and 100 pairs of gloves, and 50 hygiene kits) to the First United Church’s Interfaith Winter Shelter and donated food supplies (over 1,500 non-perishable items) to the local community kitchen. The grant funds were used to purchase clothing and food. Download Operation Foundation Project

Scholarship of Engagement ( Professional Service)- Diane Bailey, Calumet College of St. Joseph- Operation Raise Awareness – Phase II As students and their families face financial hardships, the Calumet College of St. Joseph’s food pantry has been able to provide some invaluable relief for students, faculty, and staff. While increasing the understanding of hunger and homelessness on and around campus, the food pantry has become essential to the campus. Through this project Diane engaged 240 students and was able to raise awareness of the food pantry by creating three days of service events (Volunteer awareness week, Homeless and Hunger Awareness week, and Campout Against Hunger), hosting a media day around the food pantry, forming partnerships with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, and presenting about the food pantry at conferences. In addition to collecting more than 200 non-perishable food items, the panty was able to expand its offering to include fresh meat, fruit, vegetables, and baked goods. The panty has been able to serve more than 250 clients with approximately 2,000 units of food. Funds were used for marketing, educational supplies, transportation, conference transportation, and personnel. Download Operation Raise Awareness narrative report

Scholarship of Engagement (Education)- Kuan-Chou Chen, Purdue University Calumet- Reducing Adult Obesity through a Dynamic Web System: A Northwest Indiana Food Bank Service-Learning Project Under the Direction of Kuan Chou-Chen, the CIS 42600: Applied Software Development Project course were charged with developing a dynamic software platform to create a recipe generator using the ingredients from the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Creating this platform has served the food bank’s need to provide individuals with a resource for preparing healthy meals form their stock. Funds were used for travel expenses and personnel. Download Applied Software project narrative

Listening to Communities – Andrew Antonio, Ivy Tech Lafayette/Kokomo Region – Campus-Community Forum Partnering with Purdue University, Ivy Tech Lafayette/Kokomo Region was able to provide community partners with resources and a space to discuss how to create meaningful and beneficial projects for campus students, how to gain access to campus for the projects, and what community partners needed the campuses to know, but weren’t sure how to ask. During the Forum, community partners and faculty and staff from both campuses participated in guided discussions, an open space forum, and workshops all of which were opportunities to learn how to help each other make the most out of the campus community partnership. Funds were used to pay for two meals (breakfast and lunch), facilitators, and printed material. Download Campus Community Forum project narrative

General FAQ

What if I need an extension on the grant report? You may request an extension by emailing us at iccgrant {at} iupui(.)edu. Please indicate the reason for the request and your proposed report due date. Extending the reporting due date, does not lengthen your project period or allow you to expend funds past the grant terms listed in the MOU.  If you want to extend your grant term, please see “What if I need an extension on the grant term.”

What if I need an extension on the grant term? You may request an extension by emailing us at iccgrant {at} iupui(.)edu. Please indicate the reason for the request and your proposed extension date. Extending your grant term allows you to lengthen the project time itself. If you want to extend your reporting due date, please see “what if I need an extension on my report”. You must have written approval from ICC (e-mail is acceptable) in order to have an extension or spend any funds past the original date listed on the MOU. Submitting reports past the due date without written approval jeopardizes your receipt of the grant reimbursement.

What is the cash match requirement? A cash match is required for most of the ICC grants. Cash match is different from in-kind matching in that money is being put forward toward the grant program outside of what has already been budgeted for annual departmental operating budgets. The required amounts are as follows:

  • Service Engagement Grant – Scholarship of Engagement Category – $750
  • Service Engagement Grant – Student Community Service Category – 25% of the award amount
  • Service Engagement Grant –Listening to Communities Category – $500
  • Faculty Fellows Grant – $1,250
  • Engaged Campus – Engaged Department Category – $3,500
  • Engaged Campus – Enhancing Service Engagement Collaboration Category – $5,000

The cash match should come from institutional funds – from either your department, a co-sponsoring department, Office of Academic Research/Sponsored Programs Services, the Office of the Provost, or the Office of the President.

Can I use salary/benefit as a cash match? Salary/benefits can only be considered a cash match if you are being provided release time to focus on your project. You must submit a formal letter stating the percentage of release time for the project is equal to the required cash match.

Can I pay salary/benefits with my grant? Grant funds can be used for salary/benefits in most cases. Personnel time must be kept and directly related to the project. Below is a list of grants that may use grant funds for salary/benefits

  • Service Engagement Grant – Scholarship of Engagement Category
  • Faculty Fellows Grant
  • Engaged Campus – Engaged Department Category
  • Engaged Campus – Enhancing Service Engagement Collaboration Category

How are funds disbursed? All ICC grants are on a reimbursement basis only. No up-front funds are given and reimbursement will go directly to the institutions, not individuals.

Do I need letter of Support? Yes, you are required to submit two letter of support for the following grants:

  • Service Engagement Grant – Scholarship of Engagement Category
  • Faculty Fellows Grant
  • Engaged Campus – Engaged Department Category
  • Engaged Campus – Enhancing Service Engagement Collaboration Category
  • Please see individual applications for further requirements.

What are the allowable and non-allowable costs? Examples of allowable costs include:

  • Project supplies
  • Promotional items
  • Food for an event
  • Research participant reimbursement (gift cards for people participating in a research study)
  • Personnel (Faculty, staff, and student stipend. Time must be kept and directly related to the project)
  • In-kind cash match on personnel (must have a formal letter stating the FTE is being spent on project directly)
  • Transportation to and from service site

Examples of non-allowable costs include:

  • Payment for service (gift cards, cash payments, etc. for participation in a service project)
  • Entertainment (ball games, concerts, etc.)
  • Durable equipment over $100; however, can grant expectations in some cases. Requests must be made via email to iccgrant {at} iupui(.)edu and include the following information:
    • Equipment needed
    • Price of the equipment
    • What the equipment will be used for
    • What will happen to the equipment after the grant

When should I hear whether or not I got the grant? ICC requires that applications be submitted at least six weeks prior to the start of the project. You can expect to hear a decision no later than six weeks after your submission.

Who is the Fiscal Manager? The fiscal manager is the person on your campus who is authorized to make financial decisions, knows your campuses procedures for spending funds prior to reimbursement, etc. Each campus operates differently, so we suggest that you contact the office that deals with grants on your campus. (This could be someone in the Contracts and Grants office or someone in the Business office).

Do you have examples of successfully funded projects? Yes, just click on the tab to the left of this one or call Summer Sharp at 317-274-6500 to ask for something specific.

Grant Specific FAQ

Faculty Fellows:

What are the program responsibilities? The Faculty Fellows program is designed to provide funding for senior service-learning practitioners to teach a service-learning course, provide a professional service to a local nonprofit of their choice (your students cannot provide this service on your behalf), and to come together with like-minded individuals from diverse Indiana Campus Compact member institutions to develop a product to advance the field.

What is the group project? The group project is an opportunity for the cadre of fellows to come together and produce a product to advance the field of service-engagement (or service-learning specifically). Often this has leant itself to research (whitepapers for journal submission), but “creative” projects have been done in the past. The group project is completely decided and voted on by the class of faculty fellows.

What are some examples of past projects? Just a few examples of past projects have included: wrote and published scholarly books; wrote and published scholarly journal articles; wrote and published chapters within scholarly books; developed workshops; and developed mini-conferences. Content areas have been specific to service-learning pedagogy with some projects, but others have focused on the broader concept of institutionalization.

What do the retreats entail? The retreats are designed as working sessions for the group project. However, depending on the year, some work toward the project may be assigned outside of the retreats.

Do I have to attend all three? Yes. However, the retreats are set based on the schedules of the Faculty Fellows.

How much of my time is this going to take? The program is 12 months. Depending on the group project, the Faculty Fellows program could take up to four hours per week of your time.

Will participation in the program guarantee my name on a publication? No. The group project is decided by the Fellows’ class; there is the possibility that the class may choose a creative project.

Service Engagement Grants:

Scholarship of Engagement Category – If I choose a professional service—do I have to provide the professional service directly? Yes you must complete the service yourself– your students cannot provide this service to a nonprofit on your behalf. Student Community Service Category –

Can I pay students with grant funds? No, ICC grant funds cannot be used to pay students to perform a service project.

Can multiple grants be submitted for the same project? Yes. Students can submit multiple proposals for different parts of the same project.

Can the same student apply for grants for different projects? Yes. However, priority will be given to students who have not previously received funding. Also, keep in mind that the greater the volume of proposals submitted, the less you should expect to receive per project, as your proposals will be competing against each other.