The Office of Community Engaged Learning offers a limited number of mini-grants to faculty, students, and student organizations to support community engaged learning. Mini-grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are expended.
There are many ways to integrate a community component into a course. At Drake, community engaged learning opportunities are designed to link learning outcomes to community needs in order to deepen a student’s knowledge and development. Mini grants typically range anywhere from $25-200.
Mini Grant Criteria:
The project/experience must fall under the definition of Community Engagement/Service-Learning as defined by the Experiential Learning Council: www.drake.edu/servicelearning/aboutus/definitions. Funds are also available for projects with a global service-learning component, and those definitions can also be found on the definitions page.
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 (Amanda Martin, Old Main 319) within 2 weeks of the project completion date.
Application Deadline and Review Process:
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Community Engaged Learning Council. It is highly encouraged you submit your application 30 days or more in advance to ensure the committee has time to review and ask questions of applicants if necessary before the activity takes place. 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 exhausted 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than 3 weeks after the project concludes.
Amanda Martin, Program Coordinator, email@example.com, x2767
Renee Sedlacek, Director of Community Engaged Learning firstname.lastname@example.org, x2454
To apply, please complete the mini-grant application form.
If your student organization would like to request funds, please follow this process: http://www.drake.edu/servicelearning/forstudents/minigrants/