Rochester Center for Community Leadership

Faculty & Staff

Community-Engaged Learning Mini-Grant

Priority deadline for proposals for 2015-16 funding is May 15, 2015.


Do you teach a course or host a project in which learning happens outside the classroom? For instance, do students in your course attend local cultural events, or collaborate on projects with community organizations? Are you interested in adding this component to a course? Consider applying for a Community-Engaged Learning grant.

Launched in 2014, the Community-Engaged Learning Fund awards grants to faculty and staff whose projects or courses combine academic learning and community engagement opportunities for undergraduate students in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. The purpose of these grants is to support valuable community-university partnerships and enhance students’ learning outcomes. Successful projects achieve this by integrating community-based experiential opportunities in the Rochester area with traditional classroom learning.

Grant funds (maximum $800 per proposal) can be used to support any expense associated with the course or project (e.g.: event tickets, costs of transportation, expenses partner organizations incur as part of their participation, event support, etc). 


Faculty and staff from throughout the University may apply for support for expenses associated with participation in community-based activities by undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering. All courses offered to undergraduates within the College are eligible. We will also consider proposals for courses offered elsewhere in the University, provided that the funding would support the participation of undergraduates from the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering.

Application Process

To apply, submit a short proposal via email to Lauren Caruso, Assistant Director at the Rochester Center for Community Leadership, at Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, but the priority deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year is May 15, 2015. Awards for proposals submitted by the priority deadline will be announced by June 5, 2015. For proposals submitted after the priority deadline, award decisions will be announced within two weeks of the submission date. Proposals will be accepted until all funds have been awarded.

Proposal Requirements 

  1. The course name and number or the project name for which you are applying for assistance, along with the semester or timeframe during which the course or project occurs.
  2. A description of the activities for which you are requesting support.
  3. A budget for those activities that describes their total cost, specifies the amount you are requesting from this program to support those costs, and the list of sources from which remaining expenses will be covered.
  4. A description of the learning objectives and explanation of how student participation in the activities will contribute to the attainment of those objectives.
  5. Anticipated number of students who would benefit from the proposed experiential learning activity.

How We Make Funding Decisions


Feel free to contact Lauren Caruso [] or Glenn Cerosaletti [] in the Rochester Center for Community Leadership.