Community-engaged Learning Mini-grants

CEL mini-grant funds, sponsored by the Kendall Center, can be used to support any faculty-led community-facing learning endeavor, including course-based community collaborations, student-involved community-based research, or faculty scholarship involving collaborative community participation. 

The Carnegie Foundation defines community engagement as "the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity." Grant applications should speak to the ways partnership and reciprocity will be reflected in the proposed project. 

In recognition of the unique resources often required for successful community-engaged learning, mini-grant funds can be deployed in a variety of flexible ways. Some uses, such as honoraria to people or organizations, may require pre-approval and collection of tax ID information. Please speak with the CEL Faculty Fellow if you have questions about spending constraints.

All Gustavus faculty members are eligible to apply. In the event of limited funds, priority will be given to faculty with an ongoing relationship to the college: tenure-track, tenured, and continuing appointment faculty.

Requests will be considered up to $600 as long as funds are available. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Funds are flexible and may be used for various expenses including transportation costs, materials and supplies, honoraria to community partners, printing costs, room and food expenses, and other expenses as needed. CEL mini-grant funds cannot be used to pay stipends to Gustavus Adolphus College faculty or students, though reimbursement for transportation costs (such as mileage on personal vehicles) can be paid to students and staff. Only expenses directly related to the community-based project are eligible (for example, conference travel costs would not be covered unless supporting the participation of a community partner). Itemized receipts must be submitted for all purchases. Total reimbursements for mileage are capped at $350.

The application asks for brief explanations of the following:

  • title and description of grant project
  • community partners involved, if any
  • faculty collaborators, if any
  • line-item budget
  • plan for assessing impact

A short report of your project outcomes will be required shortly after the end of the academic year for which your grant is approved.