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.
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 (the project must achieve student learning and meet a community-identified need). 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 within two weeks of the project completion date.
Application Review Process:
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by a mini grants subcommittee. 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, Assistant Director, at email@example.com, no later than three weeks after the project concludes.
Drake’s Community Action Board (CAB), in collaboration with the Office of Community Engaged Learning & Service, is pleased to offer co-curricular mini-grants to support students and student organizations in carrying out service-learning and social justice programming.
Please contact Amanda Martin if you have questions.
CAB’s Mission is to engage students in meaningful service and collaborative initiatives that inspire them to strengthen relationships with the communities of which they are a part.
Drake's global learning scholarships support students who are studying abroad. There are two scholarships for students participating in service-learning abroad. Application Form The scholarships are need based, but have slightly different selection criteria. Be sure to review the criteria before submitting your global learning scholarship application. For questions please contact Maria Rohach, Assistant Director of Drake Administered Programs Abroad.
Olson Global Service-Learning Match Grants are 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.
Two grants of $500 will be awarded this academic year. Please note that we are NOT able to reimburse for individual’s mileage or personal costs.
The application for Spring and May-Term courses is due on a rolling basis.
Questions: Contact Amanda Martin, Community Engaged Learning Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.