Community engaged learning projects often require supplies such as food, printing, or partner thank you gifts. Juggling all the logistics of a community engagement component can be demanding. Let us take some of the burden away by providing the following types of support.
The following funding opportunities are available to support community partner development and service-learning projects.
Match grants will be awarded to student global service-learning projects with faculty/staff support where funds or in-kind donations have been appropriated or raised but where additional funds would be beneficial. The Olson Global Service-Learning match grant funds are designated to enhance global service-learning projects by providing additional funds that would otherwise not be accessible. Global service-learning at Drake is defined as the intersection of service-learning, immersion in global contexts, and intercultural education.
Examples of projects:
Your class or organization is collecting books for a local refugee organization to donate for the holidays. You have already collected 100 books with a value of $500 but would like to purchase 100 more for $500.
Your class developed a public health program abroad to educate the public on oral hygiene and are providing the participants with a hygiene kit. You have received donations of toothbrushes and other items totaling over $500, but you need an additional $500 to purchase toothpaste and floss.
Two grants of up to $500 will be awarded this academic year. Please note that we are NOT able to reimburse for individual’s mileage or personal costs.
Questions: Contact Amanda Martin, Community Engaged Learning Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A limited number of mini-grants to support academic service-learning projects are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are expended. Mini-grants typically range anywhere from $25-200.
Mini-Grant Criteria: Application Form
The project/experience must fall under the definition of Community Engagement/Service-Learning as defined by the Experiential Learning Council. Funds are also available for projects with a global service-learning component.
The project/experience must be completed within the fiscal year that funds are requested.
An application must be submitted, including a budget to articulate how the funds will be used.
Critical Reflection must be a component of the experience.
Grant recipients must submit a final report/reflection.
Original receipts for the expenses need to be submitted to the Office of Community Engaged Learning & Service within 2 weeks of the project completion date.
Application Review Process:
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Community Engaged Learning Council. It is highly encouraged you submit your application at least 30 days in advance of the activity taking place to ensure the committee has time to review and ask questions if necessary. No funding will be granted after an activity has occurred. The funding will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis until all funding has been expended for the year.
As a part of the critical reflection process, participants of the experience should put together a blog post that details the project, its impact, student learning and reflection, quanitifiables, testimonials, and photos. The blog post will be shared on the Community Engaged Learning blog and may be further shared across the campus and community to share the story of community engaged learning. The blog post should be submitted to Amanda Martin, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com, no later than three weeks after the project concludes.
Bringing a community partner to campus? Say thank you with a Sodexo coffee card. To request this support email firstname.lastname@example.org with the date of your partner's visit, the course they are attending, and purpose of their visit.
Agencies that host Drake students on a regular / on-going basis should submit an Experiential Learning Host Agency Agreement along with a copy of their Certificate of Insurance.
Preparation of students is key to ensuring a successful community engaged learning experience. We can provide pre-service orientation sessions for your students, present the topic of community engagement & service-learning or lead other activities related to civic action and social change. A sample of activities include:
To learn more contact email@example.com
All students participating in a community-based learning experience need to submit an Experiential Learning Agreement & Waiver prior to the start of their project
All service-learning or community-based field trips need to have a Trip Form and Trip Roster on file with the Drake Insurance Office. For full details regarding university travel risk management processes please visit the Drake Insurance Office website.
Transportation is often the most challenging logistic for community engagement courses. Many of our community partner agencies are within walking distance to campus and for those that are not, there are several transportation options available to Drake students.
Thanks to the Drake Bike Library, all Drake students, faculty, and staff are able to borrow a bicycle free of charge. The library is open March-October and located in front of Olmsted Student Center. Riders must present their Drake ID to the Gloria Lawless Student Life Center in exchange for the bike, helmet, and bike lock. Bikes must be returned by midnight the same day. With four stations close to campus the Des Moines BCycle is also an option. BCycle bikes are $3 per trip or $20/year with unlimited 60 minute rides. To purchase a $20 annual pass online use promotional code "Bulldogs."
All students, faculty, and staff can ride the city DART bus for free. Many community partners are located on or close to a DART stop. Each DART bus is also equipped with two bike racks for those interested in combining public transit and biking. For up-to-date bus times we recommend using Google Maps or downloading the RideTime Transit App.
Students wishing to use their own vehicles, MUST submit the Personal Vehicle release Form. The owner of the vehicle must carry vehicle liability insurance; it's the owner's vehicle liability insurance coverage that is primary coverage. There is no physical damage coverage through the University for personal vehicles and no reimbursement will be made for accident-related repairs.
Vehicle rental is reserved for course-required trips that involve the entire class (e.g. partner site visit, community event, etc), where the above options are not feasible, particularly for those traveling outside of the Des Moines Metro area. To request assistance in renting a van, please complete the vehicle request form. Funding to support van rentals is available on a first come first serve basis. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.