Applications open for community-engaged learning grants

The Office of Engagement Initiatives is accepting applications for grants to fund faculty, staff and students who are launching, advancing or participating in community-engaged learning at Cornell.

The five open funding mechanisms support a wide range of opportunities, including curricular, co-curricular, research and leadership. Previously funded projects have come from every school and college at Cornell, and have included partners from Ithaca and around the world.

Funding is available through one of the following programs:

  • Engaged Curriculum Grants fund faculty teams who are collaborating with community partners to create new or enhance existing curricula, including majors, minors, concentrations and programs. The three categories of grants – planning, development, advancement – support development of community-engaged learning curricula at various stages. Letters of intent, required for new applicants, are due Feb. 10. Full applications are due April 10.
  • Engaged Research Grants incentivize undergraduate participation in faculty and staff-led research that strengthens the well-being of communities. This funding mechanism supports both introductory and advanced community-engaged research and scholarship through two types of grants: Public Purpose Research Grants; and Impact Grants. There are two application periods annually; the 2020 deadlines are Feb. 28 and Oct. 16.
  • Engaged Opportunity Grants support faculty and staff as they create, enhance or sustain community-engaged learning opportunities for undergraduate students. There are four deadlines per academic year; the next one is Feb. 11, 2020.
  • The Community Engagement Presentation Fund, new this year, supports the development, dissemination and presentation of community-engaged work. With a rolling monthly deadline, the fund can support travel and other presentation costs for faculty, staff, students and community partners.
  • Community-Engaged Student Travel Grants fund undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are spending winter, spring or summer breaks participating in community-based research activities or community-engaged learning projects, both domestically and internationally. Applications for spring-break projects are due Jan. 31; summer travel applications open Jan. 22 and are due March 16.

Learn more at the Office of Engagement Initiatives website, or consult with OEI staff at the Dec. 11 Drop-in Coffee event, 1:30-3 p.m. at the Engaged Cornell Hub on the third floor of Kennedy Hall.

Ashlee McGandy is content strategist in the Office of Engagement Initiatives.

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