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2020 Community Grants Criteria

Grant Criteria & Application Information

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Applicants should be prepared to enter: 
  • applicant name, 
  • applicant affiliation, 
  • project title (10 words), 
  • summary (50 words), 
  • project description (500 words), 
  • Pillar(s) it supports, 
  • timeline (250 words), 
  • other group members, 
  • community partner(s), 
  • amount of funds requested and 
  • how the funds will be utilized (200 words).


Grants requested will be awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The funds can be used for, but are not limited to:
  • Procuring materials or services
  • Compensation for speakers or consultants
  • Contribution to an existing project budget
  • Contribution to partner organizations
  • Compensation for a student intern or student employee for work related to the project
The funds CANNOT be used for:
  • Additional compensation for the applicant
  • Non-substantive expenses of an existing project (e.g. catering for an event already planned by the applicant)
Faculty and staff must secure department chair or department head approval for their project prior to the award of funding. 
Funds must be expended by June 30, 2018. 


Extended to Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at midnight


The committee will review applications and rate them based on the following criteria:
  • Potential to advance the community engagement mission of the university
  • Project readiness and ability to implement by June 30, 2018
  • Identification of community partner(s) and their commitment to the project
  • Potential impact and immediate need for the project
  • Correlation of the award to the success of project
  • Additional or ancillary benefit to the university or community
Questions? Please contact Robin Toof.