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Funding Opportunities for Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship

Looking for funds to support community-engaged learning and scholarship? Faculty and students are encouraged to apply for the funding opportunities described below. For examples of successful projects, see our list of recent publications and grant awards.

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Faculty/Student Development Funds

Up to $500 for faculty or students (grad/undergrad) and community-partner collaborators to attend conferences, trainings, or other educational experiences to learn about community-engaged learning and scholarship may apply for up to $500 in funding to cover transportation costs, registration fees, and lodging. Sponsored by Academic Affairs and CCSJ.

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered within six weeks. Applications submitted in advance of the event/expenditure are more likely to be funded.

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Engaged Scholarship Funds

Up to $1000 for faculty or students (grad/undergrad). Funds may be applied toward transportation, lodging, and registration fees to present community-engaged research or other forms of engaged scholarship at conferences; as seed money for research projects; to facilitate collaborations with community partners, to pay for transcription, media conversion, equipment, payments to study participants, and other costs associated with research projects (excluding computer hardware such as iPads and iPhones). Students applying for funds must identify a faculty mentor. All researchers working with human subjects should consult IRB guidelines and apply for approval if necessary. Grant recipients will be invited to present their research at the Academic Excellence Weekend held each spring. Sponsored by Academic Affairs and CCSJ.

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered within six weeks. Applications submitted in advance of the event/expenditure are more likely to be funded.

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CELS Course Operating Funds

Up to $250 for service-learning designated courses, and up to $150 for non-designated courses, to cover expenses that enhance and support service-learning and community-engaged learning. Faculty are eligible for funds for each course section each semester. Ideally, the expense should directly benefit both the students and the community partner(s). For example, buying food for students to stimulate class discussion would not be an appropriate use of these funds, as any course might benefit similarly from such an expense. Examples of expenses that benefit service-learning and partnerships:

  • Printing a newsletter, book of biographies or stories, or other project created by the class to be shared with the community partner.
  • A donation of books to incarcerated people for a literature discussion group at a prison.
  • A faculty member treating a community partner to lunch at the Refectory after she/he speaks in class.
  • Modest end-of-service gatherings with community partners.
  • Printing costs for promotion materials for a community partner educational event.
  • Transportation or admission for an off-campus academic lecture (enhances students’ civic learning).

Sponsored by Academic Affairs and CCSJ. Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered within six weeks. Applications submitted in advance of the event/expenditure are more likely to be funded.

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Campus-Community Partnerships in Knowledge Grants

Our most recent strategic plan, The Ignatian Compass, calls on us to create Ignatian citizens engaged in "promoting thoughtful and active civic and global engagement among all members of our community." To that end, these grants provide up to $500 to facilitate CELS speakers, events, workshops, and service events held on or off campus and inclusive of the Baltimore community, especially those served by the York Road Initiative. Funds may be applied toward speaker fees and honoraria, transportation and lodging for speakers or event facilitators, equipment rental, etc. Applicants should demonstrate the educative or scholarly value of the proposed activity to both the campus and off-campus community. Faculty, staff, students (grad or undergrad), and community partners may all apply; please indicate other sources of funding sought (departments, offices, Education for Life, fundraising campaigns, etc.). Successful applicants will be asked to submit a report following the event. Sponsored by Academic Affairs and CCSJ.

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered within six weeks. Applications submitted in advance of the event/expenditure are more likely to be funded.

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Kolvenbach Program

The Kolvenbach Research Grant Program invites proposals from students, faculty, administrators, and staff to conduct projects that are consistent with the faith and justice goals enunciated by Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach in his 2000 speech “The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice in Jesuit Higher Education.” The program honors Loyola’s research strengths and galvanizes Loyola’s commitment to faith and justice work that serves the needs of the underserved, both in the Baltimore community and beyond. Grants will be awarded for research projects that also address the needs of a community agency or organization. The institutionally-funded Kolvenbach program is offered through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Kolvenbach grant proposals are due the first Friday of the spring semester.

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Submit Final Grant Report