Service Engagement Grants


  • Student Community Service grants are a great way to increase the impact of your individual or student group service project. Projects such as plunge experiences, alternative breaks, and national Days of Service (e.g. 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Cesar Chavez Day, or Earth Day) provide opportunities to connect students to the community in meaningful and reciprocally beneficial ways. Funding up to $1000 with a 25% institutional cash match is available.
  • Scholarship of Engagement grants provide opportunities for service learning course development (developing a new course or adding service learning to an existing course), service learning research, or professional service with a local community agency. These opportunities provide long-term impact for faculty, staff, students, and community agencies while fostering/strengthening campus-community partnerships. Funding up to $2,250 with an institutional cash match of $750 is available.
  • Listening to Communities grants provide opportunities for campus and community dialogues that develop implementation strategies for engaged, reciprocal, and sustainable partnerships. We encourage members who are serving the same community to hold these important events together. Teaming up to listen to community voices together could have a powerful impact on the service you provide to your community. Funding up to $2,000 is available for individual campuses or for multi-campus collaboration with an institutional cash match of $500.
  • Tips for Listening to Communities 
  1. The benefits in connecting campus and community should be reciprocal. Both the community agencies and the students should benefit.
  2. Clarify how your project will give community agencies and the people they serve a chance to let the university/college identify their needs. The end result of the coming together should be a clear plan by the college/university to address the needs of the community in forming partnerships.
  3. Community partner representatives should be encouraged to share their views on what role colleges and universities should play in the community and what they need from you to further their missions and benefit the community.
  4. Successful projects have included opportunities for the community members/agencies to discuss their needs – in general or on a particular topic.

 Download the 17-19 Service Engagement Grant Application


Monday, February 13, 2017 Project must not start before March 27, 2017 Ideal for summer projects
Monday, May 8, 2017 Project must not start before June 19, 2017 Ideal for alternative fall breaks, 911 Day of Remembrance, and fall semester projects
Monday, August 14, 2017 Project must not start before September 25, 2017 Ideal for election projects, programming for student involvement, and community meetings
Monday, November 13, 2017 Project must not start before December 25, 2017 Ideal for MLK Day projects, alternative spring breaks, spring semester projects

 Download the 17-19 Service Engagement Grant Application