Faculty Mini-Grants

Community Engagment Mini-Grants

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What is the primary objective of the Community Engagement Mini-Grant?

This mini-grant funding is provided specifically to enable and assist student success through the high impact practice of a service
learning project with a community partner. The service learning project is supervised by a Cal State LA faculty mentor and conducted on behalf of a Cal State LA community partner. A current list of approved community partners is available here:
 
http://www.calstatela.edu/engagement/communitypartners-directory
 
This mini-grant does not provide funding for conference travel and expenses, student internships, or student field practicums required as a part of a degree program. In addition, it does not provide funding for faculty research projects except under the strict conditions of Option 2—see current request for proposals.

 

Can any Cal State LA faculty member submit proposals?

The Community Engagement Mini-Grant is open to all Cal State LA faculty, both tenure-track and adjunct faculty. In all cases, however, the
faculty member
  1. must understand and meet the primary objective of the Community Engagement Mini-Grant,
  2. must have received prior training in service learning or conducted service learning projects in prior classes or at other universities/colleges,
  3. must use the funding for a service learning project with an approved community partner, and
  4. must include only students from previous classes—currently enrolled students cannot participate in the mini-grant.

 

Does the Community Engagement Mini-Grant provide funding for faculty research projects?

Again, the primary objective of the Community Engagement Mini-Grant is to enable and assist student success through the high impact practice of a service learning project with a community partner. As a result, the overwhelming majority of mini-grants are awarded to faculty mentors and students under 
  • Option 1 - supervised civic or service learning projects with a community partner. Faculty submitting Community Engagement Mini-Grant proposals pertaining to research projects under
  • Option 2 - must have previously approved IRBs with Cal State LA in order to apply. IRBs with other universities or institutions are not applicable for this mini-grant. Furthermore, the purpose of faculty research projects funded under Option 2 of this mini-grant must be to analyze and interpret the effectiveness of civic or service learning based upon data collected from previous classes. In this case, faculty mentors will supervise student mentees on the analysis and interpretation of the data.

 

What criteria do the student mentees have to meet in order to participate in the Community Engagement Mini-Grants?

Student mentees who participate in the Community Engagement Mini-Grants under the supervision of a Cal State LA faculty mentor
  1. must be officially enrolled as a Cal State LA student during the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters,
  2. must not be currently enrolled in the class through which the faculty mentor is facilitating the service learning project,
  3. must submit a completed student consent form before beginning work on the project, and
  4. will receive their related student stipend as a part of their total financial aid package upon submission and approval of their final student report by the designated deadline.

 
 
Community Engagement Grant

Rolling Deadline for Proposals
Limited Funding is Available
(Final Date for Proposals: January 15, 2020)
Estimated Time for Review and Approval: Two Weeks from Submission

 

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Cal State L.A. faculty are invited to submit proposals to serve as mentors for student community engagement projects to be conducted during the 2019-2020 academic year.  The funding for these projects is designed to encourage and support Cal State LA student participation in community-based learning projects under the direct supervision and mentorship of a faculty member. All projects and related reports must be completed by Friday, March 27, 2020 due to financial aid reporting deadlines for students. 

Upon completion of the project outcomes and final reports, faculty mentors will receive project stipends of $1,000.00 upon completion of the related project and final report.  Student mentees, up to five (5) per faculty mentor, will receive stipends of $300.00.  Please note that student mentees must be registered students during the Fall Semester 2019 and Spring Semester 2020. Also, they must not be enrolled in the related service learning or civic learning class during the semester(s) they receive grant funding.  And finally, student stipends will be considered a part of their total student financial aid package. 

Faculty may submit proposals for one of the following project options.*  If you have questions or need assistance regarding the community engagement grant or the application process, please contact Dr. Rika Houston directly at hhousto@calstatela.edu.

Option #1:

Supervised Service/Civic Learning With Community Partners.

 

This project option involves student participation in ongoing service or civic learning projects that their faculty mentors have already established with community partner organizations.  Project activity cannot take place while the student mentees are enrolled in the related service learning or civic learning class due to University guidelines.

Option #2:

Research On The Outcomes And Educational Effectiveness Of Service/Civic Learning Projects.

 

This project option involves student participation in research activities with faculty mentors who have already collected data on service/civic learning effectiveness from previous courses.  (Prior IRB approval required.)

*   (Please note that faculty members who were granted funding for a community engagement project during previous academic years must submit their respective final faculty reports (and any outstanding student reports) before they are eligible for funding during the current academic year.)

 

APPLICATION

Materials and Equipment Grant for Service/Civic Learning 

Rolling Deadline for Proposals
(Final Date for Proposals: January 15, 2020)
Estimated Time for Review and Approval: Two Weeks from Submission

The Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good is pleased to offer a grant to cover related materials and equipment costs for high-impact service and civic learning practices and projects.

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Faculty Eligibility

Please note that faculty who apply for funding from this grant must provide documentation that they have participated in projects, training, workshops, institutes, or Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) since Fall 2014.  In addition, faculty applicants must submit the course number and name of their approved service or civic learning course and a list of civic learning outcomes for their course and project.  Faculty members who are not currently eligible are encouraged to participate in projects, workshops, institutes or FLCs available through the Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good.  For further information, please visit the following link:

 

Allowable Materials and Equipment

The funding for this mini-grant provides approved faculty members with up to $500.00 to cover materials and equipment directly related to the implementation of an approved service or civic learning course or project.  Faculty who are granted funding must work with the Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good for the acquisition of grant-related expenditures.  Examples of allowable materials and equipment include, but are not limited to, the following items:

  • Equipment necessary for the completion of the service or civic learning project (basic exercise equipment, flash drives, digital voice recorders, basic digital cameras with video capability, etc.)
  • Manual recording materials (clipboards, paper notebooks, pens, pencils, etc.)
  • Presentation materials (poster boards, markers, spray mount, etc.)
  • Building supplies (wood, nails, etc.)
  • Printing and related expenses (photocopying, offset printing, binding, etc.)
  • Hospitality expenses (for project-based special events such as culmination, etc.)
    • NOTE:  Food for project-based events must be purchased from campus venues.
  • Public transportation to and from the community partner location (restrictions apply)
  • Mileage for travel to and from the community partner location (restrictions apply and advance campus-mandated training is required)

 

Prohibited Expenses

  • Computers (desktop and laptops), tablets, smart phones, and software
  • Prepaid gasoline cards for travel
  • Paint and paint supplies
  • Fertilizer

 

APPLICATION