Community Action Forums

community action forum overview

The Indiana Campus Compact sponsored Community Action Forums support gatherings that address a community-identified concern, facilitate multiple stakeholders participating in issue-based and community-focused conversations, and seek to synchronize efforts to meet needs, identify assets, and build capacity for tackling the issue.


  • Bring community voice to the forefront when discussing community concerns
  • Leverage strength of multiple stakeholders coming together as a team
  • Move away from surface level, awareness partnerships to taking concrete steps to tackle seemingly intractable concerns


  • Use your college/university’s role as place-based institutions to develop, share, and unify campus and community resources to accelerate systematic change and improve the quality of life for Hoosiers.
  • Make real progress in an area of concern identified by community members
  • Solidify community-campus partnerships for future endeavors


All forums must be free to attend and open to all Indiana Campus Compact partner campuses and their community partners, regardless of geographic location.

Funds to support gatherings will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • completed application and budget
  • compelling rationale
  • significant collaboration between community partners and multiple partner campuses
  • the capability of the planned forum to generate actionable/measurable objectives
  • the viability of stakeholders’ follow-up on those objectives


This program does not require a cash match; however, all reimbursed costs must be attached to attaining the goal of the meeting (facilitate multiple stakeholders participating in issue-based and community-focused gatherings that address a community-identified concern and seek to synchronize efforts to meet needs, identify assets, and build capacity for tackling the issue).

A total of $5,900 is available per academic year, and funds will be based on the proposed budget and rigor of planning evident in the application.  Most covered event expenses should be in the $1,000 – $1,500 range but can vary. This funding works on a reimbursement basis to cover costs associated with forums.  Examples of approved expenses:

  • payment to a facilitator/convener
  • costs associated with facilitator travel
  • follow-up on actionable/measurable objectives, for example, tracking follow-through, follow up training, publishing an online resource guide, etc.


  • This application packet must be submitted 16-weeks before the intended date of the customized experience.
  • All customized experiences must be confirmed with a Service Agreement signed by all parties at least 8-weeks before the date of the event.
  • Scheduling is based on staff availability.
  • Host institutions are responsible for all on-site logistics and marketing efforts.
  • During any type of customized assistance, all participants will be required to register for the experience via the Indiana Campus Compact Engagement Portal.
  • The registration process will collect participant demographic data (e.g., name, email address, professional title, department affiliation, role, dietary restrictions) and information will be shared with the host institution a minimum of 1 week before the experience.


You will be required to submit narrative and fiscal reports two months after the event.

Please contact Liza Blomquist at liza {at} incampuscompact(.)org or 317-414-1317 with questions and help in planning the event.

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