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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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Funding Program Purpose Max. Amount Eligibility Dates to Apply Response time
Faculty Students Partners
Course Operating Funds Expenses that enhance and support service-learning and community-engaged learning. $250 for designated course; $150 for other courses Yes No; should request funds via faculty member No; should request funds via faculty member Anytime Three weeks
Faculty/Student Development Funds Fees for conferences, trainings, or other experiences to learn about community-engaged learning and scholarship. $500 Yes Yes Yes, with university co-applicant/collaborator Anytime Three weeks
Engaged Scholarship Funds Expenses related to implementing community-engaged projects/scholarly endeavors or presenting community-engaged scholarship at conferences $1000 Yes Yes Yes, with university co-applicant/collaborator Aug. 15 - May 15 Six weeks: approval by Committee on Engaged Scholarship
Campus-Community Partnerships in Knowledge Grants Speakers, events, workshops, and service events held on or off campus and inclusive of Loyola and Baltimore communities, especially those served by the York Road Initiative. $500 Yes Yes Yes Aug. 15 - May 15 Six weeks: approval by Committee on Engaged Scholarship
Community Workshops Grant Develop and run in a community workshop. TBD ($1,000?) Yes No; should request funds via Community Workshop Scholarship No; should request funds via a faculty member Anytime Three weeks
Community Workshops Scholarship Help develop and run a community workshop. TBD ($250?) No Yes No Anytime Three weeks
Service Component Module Grant Develop a service component module. TBD ($1,000?) Yes No; should request funding via Service Component Module Scholarship No Anytime Three weeks
Service Component Module Scholarship Help develop a service component module. TBD ($250?) No Yes No Anytime Three weeks

Course Operating Funds

Up to $250 for service-learning designated courses, and up to $150 for other 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). 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.
  • Books for incarcerated people for a literature discussion group at a prison where students serve.
  • Lunch at the Refectory for a community partner after a presentation in class.
  • Modest end-of-service gatherings with community partners.
  • A modest stipend for a community partner's guest lecturing or other co-educator activities. 
  • Printing costs for a community partner's event promotion.
  • Transportation or admission for an off-campus academic lecture, especially if community partners or community members are invited.

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

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Faculty/Student Development Fund

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 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 three 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) or for community partner collaborators. 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.

Conference funding requests may be submitted at any time and will be considered within three weeks. Project seed money requests may be submitted between August 15 and May 15 and will be considered within six weeks by the Committee on Engaged Scholarship. 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 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 between August 15 and May 15 and will be considered within six weeks by the Committee on Engaged Scholarship. 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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Community Workshop Grant

Up to $1,000 for faculty and community-partner collaborators to develop and run one community workshop. Workshops may cover content in the applicant’s discipline but should respond to and be developed with a community partner. Previous community workshops have included sessions on literacy and employment, as well as tax preparation. Faculty members will also work with the Faculty Director of Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship. Workshop materials will be posted to CCSJ’s website for possible future use.

Community Workshop Scholarship

Up to $250 for student to work under the supervision of a faculty member who is collaborating with a community partner to develop and run a community workshop.

Service Component Module Grant

Up to $1,000 for faculty to develop and integrate one service component module into a course. Faculty member will also work with the Faculty Director of Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship. Module will be posted to CCSJ’s website for future use.

Service Component Module Scholarship

Up to $250 for student to work under the supervision of a faculty member who is developing a service component module for integration into a course.