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Request for Funds to Support Service-Learning

seed_grantsFunding in the form of one-time seed grants is available to faculty teaching designated service-learning courses. The purpose of these seed grants is to help faculty establish reciprocal partnerships in the community and/or cover start-up expenses for ongoing projects. Faculty may request funds using the Service-Learning Funding Request Form.

2021-2022 Deadlines

Funding requests for Service-Learning Seed Grants for the completion of a service-learning project will be accepted, reviewed, and fulfilled once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester by the Service-Learning Advisory Committee. Typically, five awards will be granted for projects in the fall and five awards will be granted for projects in the spring/summer. Applications will be reviewed at the committee meeting one week after the deadline.

  • Fall Deadline: October 5th, 2021
  • Spring Deadline: February 1st, 2022

Grants may be used to pay or reimburse project expenses incurred between July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to award Service-Learning Seed Grants to faculty for the completion of a service-learning project.

  • The availability of alternative funding sources
  • The description of how funds will be used clearly demonstrates that funds are needed to successfully implement the service-learning project
  • Preference will be granted to new service-learning projects
  • Preference will be granted to proposals to use funds for the direct benefit of the community partner or a population in need
  • Grant awards will not exceed $250; partial grants may be awarded as needed to conserve available funds
  • A faculty member may only receive one service-learning seed grant per year, except when excess funds are available

Award Requirements

  • At the end of the service-learning project, please send a report and photos (if available) to the Director of Service-Learning.
  • Funds must be used to complete the activity for which they are requested during the semester in which they are requested; any unused funds must be returned to Outreach & Community Engagement.
  • Funds used must conform to the guidelines for the use of state funds.

You may also want to consider applying for UCA Foundation Faculty Grants. Preference is given to programs that encourage campus and community involvement.

For questions about funding requests, please contact Lesley Graybeal, Director of Service-Learning, at Thank you!