Rochester Center for Community Leadership

Faculty & Staff

Community-Engaged Learning Grant

Priority deadline for proposals for 2016-17 funding is June 15, 2016. Proposals are accepted throughout the academic year on a rolling basis as funds are available.


Do you teach a course or host a project in which learning happens outside the classroom? Do students attend local cultural events or collaborate on mutually beneficial projects with community organizations? Are you interested in adding a component like this 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 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 any expense associated with the course or project (e.g.: transportation, course supplies, curriculum development, expenses partner organizations may incur, etc). Faculty and instructional staff may submit one proposal per course or project. Each proposal has a maximum award of $1,500 for the academic year, including summer sessions in 2017.


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 2016-2017 academic year is June 15, 2016. Proposals will be accepted until all funds have been awarded. If you require assistance in projecting transportation expenses in your proposal(s), contact Lauren Caruso (

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


Contact Lauren Caruso [] or Glenn Cerosaletti [] at the Rochester Center for Community Leadership.