Rochester Center for Community Leadership

Faculty & Staff

Community-Engaged Learning Grant

Priority deadline for proposals for 17-18 funding is July 1, 2017. Proposals are accepted throughout the academic year on a rolling basis as funds are available.


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

Grant funds can be used to support expenses associated with the course or project (e.g.: transportation, course supplies, curriculum development, expenses incurred by partner organizations, etc). Faculty and instructional staff may submit one proposal per course or project. Each proposal has a maximum award of $2,000 per course.


Faculty and instructional 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, use this application form template and upload your proposal here. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, but the priority deadline for the 17-18 academic year is July 1, 2017. Proposals will be accepted until all funds have been awarded. If you require assistance in projecting transportation expenses in your proposal, consult the transportation cost guide.

Proposal Requirements

  1. A description of the activities for which you are requesting support. Be sure to include a description of how these activities are community engaged in nature as well as how both you, the students, and the community partner(s) will benefit from these activities.

  2. A description of the learning objectives and explanation of how student participation in the activities will contribute to the attainment of those objectives.

  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. Anticipated number of students who would benefit from the proposed experiential learning activity.

How We Make Funding Decisions


Contact Lauren Caruso at the Rochester Center for Community Leadership.