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Service-learning grants


The Center for Community Engagement and Impact provides a variety of resources to help faculty enhance their teaching and scholarship.

Service-Learning Partnership Small Grants

The Service-Learning Partnership Small Grants Program provides financial support to VCU faculty members who are initiating or deepening relationships with off-campus community members/organizations to support high-quality service-learning courses.

Two types of funding categories are available:

  • New Partnership Funding is available to faculty members who have a specific plan for working with off-campus individuals/organizations to co-develop a new service-learning class or to expand an existing service-learning class to include a new service site or service project.
  • Established Partnership Funding is available to service-learning instructors who have already established a sustained service-learning partnership with off-campus individuals/organizations and would like to expand or deepen their partnership to include scholarship or other high-level collaborative activities.

The funding amount for both categories is up to $2,500 per application. All applicants must provide a project description, a work plan and timeline for the year that articulates the activities that will be completed by the faculty member and by the community partner(s), a description of end-of-year deliverables, a project budget and a letter of support from the community partner.

View application materials.

Service-Learning Project Small Grants

The Project Small Grants Program supports VCU faculty projects that will enhance and increase service-learning pedagogy. Activities funded under this small grants program must be used to support designated service-learning classes or service-learning research.

View application materials.

Service-Learning Travel Grants

The Travel Grants Program supports the scholarship and professional development of service-learning instructors. Preference in the awarding of travel grants is given to instructors who are traveling to disseminate service-learning scholarship (e.g., papers, posters and discussions at professional conferences).

View application materials.

Service-Learning Special Track Grants

The Special Track Grants Program supports VCU service-learning projects that will promote university student learning in one or more of the following areas:

  • Civic education/civic learning
  • Equity and access in health/wellness
  • Equity and access in K-12 education

These funds may support courses that are currently designated as service-learning or to revise an existing course not currently designated as service-learning so that it meets the service-learning course designation requirements.

View application materials.

Additional university resources

VCU Office of Research and Innovation

Visit VCU Office of Research and Innovation for information on internal and external funding resources for community-engaged research projects.

Additional Funding Resources

Writing a Grant Proposal