The Indiana Campus Compact High-Impact Community Engagement Practices funding opportunity supports the development and implementation of high-impact community engagement learning practices and strong reciprocal community-campus partnerships that strengthen student learning, and further support a culture of community engagement within the institution. These types of activities can include both curricular (first-year seminars, capstone courses, global learning, internships, service-learning courses, undergraduate research course, and writing-intensive courses) and co-curricular (common intellectual experiences, learning communities) experiences (Longo & Gibson, 2016) that also incorporate an intentional emphasis on community engagement practices.

Your imagination is the limit – this is a rare chance for faculty, staff, and grad students to shine with creative high-impact community project ideas. If you have questions about your ideas, check in with Laura Weaver before you submit your application.

The types of projects previously funded have included:

  • Curricular experiences such as service-learning courses, community-based writing intensive, capstone or first-year courses, undergraduate research courses, and community-driven internships—including the development of new courses or redevelopment of existing courses
  • Co-curricular experiences such as common learning communities for students, faculty, staff or community members, or reoccurring community engagement activities designed in a reciprocal and collaborative framework
  • Community-driven research where the community partner plays a reciprocal role in co-creating the research initiative and where the outcomes and outputs have a clear public purpose


Funding Award: Up to $4,000

Required Institutional Match: $1,000, or 25% of the requested amount

Who Should Apply

  • Faculty of any rank or discipline looking to implement quality community-engaged pedagogies into their courses through reciprocal collaboration with community organizations or community members, or is looking to examine an emerging topic of interest as identified through collaboration with the community.
  • Campus Professional Staff (e.g., community engagement professionals, student affairs professionals, and institutional research professionals) and Senior Administrators looking to implement community engagement projects that benefit the community and its members, or is looking to examine how these practices are affecting the institution (e.g., campus and/or partner organization) and its stakeholders.
  • Graduate Students of any discipline working across the curricular or co-curricular landscape to incorporate community engagement practices into their growth and development. This could include funding for courses they are teaching (or co-teaching) or to support their original research either in collaboration with community, or about community engagement practices.

Application Deadlines & Project Timelines

  • Proposals are accepted once per quarter (in May, August, November, and February) on the second Monday of the month.
  • Projects must start at least seven weeks after the application due date, as indicated below. All projects must be completed no later than Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
Proposal Due Date Funding Notification Earliest Project Start Date Latest Project End Date
February 8, 2021 March 19, 2021 March 29, 2021 April 29, 2022
May 10, 2021 June 18, 2021 June 28, 2021 May 31, 2022
August 9, 2021 September 17, 2021 September 27, 2021 May 31, 2022
November 8, 2021 December 17, 2021 December 27, 2021 May 31, 2022
February 7, 2022 March 18, 2022 March 28, 2022 May 31, 2022

Submission Process

Applicants are responsible for proper routing and approval by their institution prior to submission. Detailed instructions on the submission process can be found in the Request for Proposal and on the main Indiana Campus Compact Funding Opportunities page.

Applications must be submitted via the Indiana Campus Compact Engagement Portal. We require the Primary Investigator to create their own individual account for submission. Instructions on how to create a user profile can be found here.

Looking for Assistance?

For more information or to discuss project ideas, contact Laura Weaver, Director of Professional Development and Engaged Learning, laura {at} incampuscompact(.)org or schedule a time to chat.

High-Impact Community Engagement Practices Grant—COVID-19 Response Planning Grant Opportunity

In order to support the efforts of our partner campuses in responding nimbly to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we are continuing to offer funding for planning as part of our High-Impact Community Engagement Practice grant. This planning grant opportunity provides funding for institutions to partner with representatives of community organizations (or individual community members) to envision how their high-impact community engagement work will need to change as they respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

We encourage applicants to think broadly about how their institution is leveraging its resources to support their communities. Again, this is your chance to shine!

Examples of fundable projects include:

  • Planning grant to incorporate community engagement into an online course
  • Planning grant to support the development of an on-campus food bank open to university stakeholders.
  • Planning grant to support department or university-wide training on community-engagement distance learning practices.
  • Implementing a service-learning course or undergraduate research project, which involves partnering with local PK-12 schools to support their planning and implementation of distance learning.
  • Implementing a capstone project to design personal protective equipment for local healthcare organization(s), community partner(s), and/or local community members.
  • Developing and implementing an undergraduate research project on the effects the COVID-19 had on community organization stakeholders.

COVID-19 Addition to Project Narrative

Applicants are to complete all parts of the High-Impact Community Engagement Practices Project Narrative, and include information in response to the following prompts as an additional section titled “COVID-19 Response”:

  • How is the institution leveraging its resources as an anchor institution to support the identified stakeholders in the surrounding community?
  • What type of impact do you foresee this effort having within the community?
  • For planning grant applications only: How will you leverage support to implement this project beyond the planning grant period?

When reviewing COVID-19 Planning Response proposals, the review committee will consider the following anticipated limitations and how the applicant addresses them.

  • Limitations in being able to gather in groups to perform community engagement activities.
  • Limitations engaging university stakeholders (e.g., students, faculty, staff, senior administrators).
  • Limitations on the capacity of community organizations to fully participate/engage.

Find information on the other narrative requirements of the High-Impact Community Engagement Practices Request for Proposals here.

Funding Award: Up to $4,000

Required Institutional Match: $1,000, or 25% of the requested amount

Application and Project Timeline

Proposals are accepted in accordance with the published schedule for the High-Impact Community Engagement Practices grant. View the schedule here.

Submission Details

To ensure that these applications are routed correctly, applicants applying for High-Impact Community Engagement Practices COVID-19 Response funding must use “COVID-19 Response” in their project title.

Looking for Assistance?

For more information or to discuss project ideas, contact Laura Weaver, Director of Professional Development and Engaged Learning, laura {at} incampuscompact(.)org or schedule a time to chat.

Indiana State University Professor to study congested traffic and current system of monitoring congestion

Dr. Michael Williamson, Assistant Professor in the College of Technology at Indiana State University, is currently focusing his community-engaged research on studying factors that affect transportation safety utilizing a state of the art driving simulator located at Indiana State University. This research aims to improve the transportation options for older adults and underrepresented groups, and identify factors that will improve the safety on roadways through crash data modeling, and improve traffic flow through the use of Intelligent Transportation System Technologies.  

Find the High-Impact Community Engagement Practices Request for Proposal along with a sample proposal and the reporting guidelines below. If you have questions or would like further information, contact Laura Weaver, Director of Professional Development and Engaged Learning, laura {at} incampuscompact(.)org or schedule a time to chat.

Following guidance in the provided Sample Proposal does not guarantee funding.

The Sample Reporting Guidelines are provided as a reference. Those who have received funding should refer to the individualized Reporting Guidelines provided with their funding notification. Contact Laura Weaver at laura {at} incampuscompact(.)org if you require another copy of your individualized Reporting Guidelines.