2014 Mini-Grants

Academic Service-Learning, Community Service and Civic Engagement Mini Grant Request for Proposals

Grant period: February 24, 2014 – June 15, 2014

Applications due: 4:00pm, Friday, February 14, 2014 

Connecticut Campus Compact (CTCC) announces the availability of grant funds to further service learning, civic engagement and community partnerships. Applications will be reviewed and grants will be awarded after the close of the application period.

Awarded projects must run between the proposal award date and the close of the spring 2014 academic semester.  A detailed financial report and a narrative report for awarded projects are due no later than July 18, 2014. Grant proposals should not exceed $2,500.

Special consideration will be given to applicants and projects opening participation to other campuses in the state (as co-organizers, presenters, participants, or audience). Evidence of how this will be accomplished must be included in your application. Special consideration will also be given to programs or initiatives demonstrating student leadership and engagement.

Funding Purpose

  • Funds are designed to initiate a new program, project or partnership or to enhance an existing one. Funds should not simply be used to provide continuing operational costs for an existing initiative.
  • Funds may support programs, projects or events designed to develop interest or expertise among faculty, staff and/or students in academic service-learning, civic      engagement, community service, or campus-community partnership building.
  • Funds may support one-time technology expenses designed to increase student or faculty engagement in academic service-learning, civic engagement, community service or campus-community partnerships (i.e. website upgrade, enhanced social      networking capabilities, etc.)


  • Eligible applicants must come from  CTCC member institutions. The host institution must support the initiative with financial or in-kind contributions.
  • Applicants must also submit a letter from their institution’s grants office, office of sponsored programs, or equivalent, certifying that the applicant is permitted to      apply for funding on behalf of the institution.

How to apply

Applicants must:

  • Submit an electronic copy of the CT Campus Compact Grant Application along with the required attachments. Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding. Even if the application is approved, it is not guaranteed to receive the full amount of funding requested. Complete proposals (and supporting materials) must be emailed to ctcc@fairfield.edu with the subject line “Mini-Grant Application.”
  • Letters of support from campus and community partners who are involved in the project are welcome and helpful, though not required for consideration.

Application review process

Each application will be reviewed by a committee of member institutions’ representatives who have demonstrated a strong commitment and expertise to community engagement. Applicants will be notified of funding status by February 24, 2014 (subject to change).


Grantees will be required to:

  1. Provide at least one periodic status report on the implementation process which will most likely be done via phone.
  2. Host a member of the CTCC team for site visits during the grant period of the program, project or event (as needed).
  3. Submit a final financial report describing the expenditures associated with the project by July 18, 2014.
  4. Submit a final project report by July 18, 2014 describing the project implementation, providing all related evaluation results, and including all relevant project artifacts including but not limited to products developed, pictures of activities, and copies of any related public relations materials.

Failure to meet the reporting expectations may preclude your campus from receiving consideration for future funding opportunities.

Application materials needed:

  • Section 1:  General Project Information
  • Section 2: Institutional Summary and Capacities
  • Section 3: Project Narrative
  • Section 4: Timeline
  • Section 5: Proposed Project Budget Narrative
  • Attachments:
      • Letter from a key academic administrator (e.g., Dean, AVP/Provost, etc) indicating the nature of your institution’s support for and contribution to the program/project/event
      • Letter from host institution’s grants office, office of sponsored programs, or equivalent, certifying that the applicant is permitted to apply for funding on behalf of the institution
      • Any letters of support from partners
      • Brief biography of the project director

Click here to view the Application (Word document)

Click here to view the Instructions (PDF)

Click here to view the Budget Proposal Form (Excel spreadsheet)





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