Purpose of Grant: Campus Compact NY & PA (CCNYPA) is pleased to announce the availability of fifteen regional consortia mini-grants up to $1500 each to support regional efforts to cultivate civic imagination and deepen community engagement either among institutions and/or with community partners.
Project Period: Award date – June 22, 2020
Fall 2019 – September 13, 2019 or Spring 2020- January 13, 2020. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis.
Project Description: Aligned with CCNYPA’s mission, mini-grants should focus on one of these types: Catalyst Grants, Starter Grants, and Co-Sponsorship Grants.
- Catalyst Grants Requirements: Catalyst regional mini-grant applications (up to $1500) will be co-designed by at least two CCNYPA member institutions.
- Starter Grants Requirements: Starter regional mini-grant applications (up to $1000) will be co-designed by NY or PA higher education institutions who are not members in conjunction with at least one CCNYPA member institution. An intent to apply call is required.
- Co-Sponsorship Grants Requirements: Co-sponsorship Grants regional mini-grant applications offer event management, registration and promotion support. A MOU will outline agreements between sponsoring institutions and CCNYPA.
Each of these build on higher education’s capacity to cultivate civic imagination, deepen civic and community engagement, and strengthen CCNYPA’s regional communities. Civic imagination is “the capacity to imagine alternatives to current cultural, social, political, or economic conditions; one cannot change the world unless one can imagine what a better world might look like… an equal participant within a democratic culture, and as empathetic to the plight of others different than one’s self.” Preference will be given to applications that emphasize diversity, equity, and inclusion.
All three types of mini-grants will accomplish this through one of the following focus areas:
- Professional development for campus leaders such as center directors, staff, faculty, or students. Topics may include faculty development for course design for incorporating civic learning, service-learning, or community-based learning, and/or community-based research initiatives, enhancing promotion and tenure policies to value community engaged research, global service-learning, scholarship of engagement, student voter engagement, deliberative dialogue.
- Issue-focused convening which highlights a community-identified need and gathers multiple stakeholders for synchronizing efforts to enhance community & economic development, such as: the opioid epidemic, food access & security, community gardens, refugee/ immigrant integration.
- Higher education gatherings for sector groups such as Research 1, Community College institutions, or others.
** Interested faculty, staff and administrators should contact Sponsored Programs to discuss the application.
Eligible Applicants: CCNYPA members, NY and PA higher education institutions
Funding: Up to $1,500