Service Learning Network

Financial Resources

Financial Resources- GVSU

Community Service Learning Center, GVSU 
Faculty Service Learning Support Grant 2014

The Community Service Learning Center (CSLC) is offering grants for faculty to support curricular and co-curricular service learning activities. Funds are available for the fiscal year (ending June 30, 2014). Grants of up to $1500 each will support faculty initiatives to engage students in and out of the classroom with projects that advance student learning while meeting a demonstrated community need.

The Community Service Learning Center staff (Kirkhof 1110B, 331-2468, jonesval@gvsu.edu) are available to consult with faculty to design service learning projects which meet the grant criteria.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through April 30, 2014 as funds are available. Funds must be used by June 30, 2014.

Grants will be awarded for requests meeting the following criteria:

1) The activity meets the university’s definition of service learning.
a) Meets a demonstrated community need (articulated by the community).
b) Pre-education is conducted with students about the community need and how the activity will help meet that need.
c) The service activity is organized in partnership with the community.
d) Post-service reflection helps students synthesize what they’ve learned from the experience.
e) Community impact of activity is measured and documented.
2) Activity is led by a faculty member for students receiving academic credit (curricular) OR activity is led by faculty member with a cohort of students from the same academic program (co-curricular).
3) Risk management procedures are in place for the activity.
4) The activity is endorsed by the applicant’s department chair and dean.

Expenses that can be covered by the grant.
• Transportation, lodging, and meal costs related to the activity (actual costs, not per diem).
• Materials and supplies for activity.

Expenses CANNOT be used for
• Faculty/student stipends
• Charitable donations (monetary or in-kind)
• “Seed money” for fundraising activities.

 The online application is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H277PCG

Office of Sponsored Programs, GVSU
The Office of Sponsored Programs serves as the University's central office that supports faculty and staff in the identification, development, submission, and administration of externally sponsored agreements for scholarly research and creative activity. Please visit their website, www.gvsu.edu/grants, for proposal guidelines and deadlines.

Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, GVSU
Several funding opportunities are available through grants available at on the FTLC website.

Financial Resources- State

Michigan Campus Compact Resources
Michigan Campus Compact offers grant opportunities to member campuses to support community service, service-learning, civic engagement and campus-community partnerships. Information about each of the grant opportunities can be found on MCC's web site and the grant deadlines are listed on the MCC calendar.

Examples of MCC Grants awarded to GVSU include


AmeriCorps*VISTA Summer Associates (awarded to the Community Service Learning Center, Summer 2011)

College Positive Communities Grants
2010-11: $3,000 planning grant awarded to Melissa Peraino

MLK Challenge 2010 Grants

Michigan Service Scholars AmeriCorps Program
2008-2009: 23 member slots
2009-2010: 69 member slots
2010-2011: 7 member slots
2011-2012: 10 member slots

Venture Grants
Cycle 35 2008-2009: John Gabrosek requested $2,300 for “Infant Nutrition Survey in Kent County”  -Not funded

Please note that MCC also provides financial resources for the recipient for the Campus Community Partnership Award (Formerly known as the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award.  The award criteria and resources changed after 2010).

Past Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award recipients:

2010 - Finalist - Grand Valley State University (Press Release)

2009 - Winner - Grand Valley State Univeristy (Press Release)

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