Community-Based Learning Mini-Grants

NEW for the 2017-18 Academic Year...Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis.

The Center for Community-Based Service and Learning, in collaboration with the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning offers mini-grants of up to $1,000 for faculty to implement an existing community-based learning course, design a new course, or enhance the quality and effectiveness of an existing course. Funds are also available to support faculty and students in professional travel to disseminate results from their civically-engaged teaching and scholarship.



All faculty are eligible and encouraged to apply. Check the "Criteria for a CBL Course" for course eligibility. Ask if you think there is any chance that your course may be eligible as a broad range of assignments qualify.


Students are eligible for funding to support travel to professional conferences for the purpose of presenting about their experiences in a CBL class or mentored public scholarship (funding limits apply, see application.)

Funded Activities

Funds will be used to support community-based learning (CBL) in a credit-bearing course, independent study, academic internship, or faculty-mentored undergraduate research. To learn more about the criteria for a CBL class, visit "What is Community-Based Learning?"

  • Events
  • Honoraria for guest speakers - Required to provide to CBSL Guest_Speaker_Services_Contract_for_CBL_classes
  • Transportation for classes
  • Supplies, props, or other materials
  • Training for student teaching assistants
  • Faculty travel for professional conferences (in support of development of community-engaged teaching or research)
  • Student travel for professional conferences (when presenting)
  • Proposed other activities if approved

Priorities for Funding

Course implementation, design, enhancement and operating expenses will take priority over travel requests. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year. Funds are limited, so apply as early as possible.

How To Apply

New for the 2017-18 Academic Year! Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis. 

Application Form

For more information or to discuss your proposal, please contact the Director of the Center for Community-Based Service & Learning. Link to the CBSL Staff Page for contact information.