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Community Engagement Learning Grants

This grant program is intended to support incorporating the principles and goals of ISU’s core value of civic engagement into students’ curricular experiences. It is co-sponsored by the Civic Engagement and Responsibility Minor, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, American Democracy Project at ISU, and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology.

The grants are intended to reimburse faculty for expenses directly associated with course-based events, activities or projects that develop students’ civic and community knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors and prepare them to participate in social change. Grants support community engagement projects as service learning assignments, guest speakers, travel expenses for class trips, material for in-class activities/assignments, etc. Expenses eligible for reimbursement by this grant program include:

  • Travel expenses for students and instructor to specific locations (fuel, parking, fleet vehicle rental, etc.)
  • Fees (e.g., admission) and related expenses for onsite visits
  • Travel expenses for class guests (including meals, lodging)
  • Stipend (modest) for guest speakers, either for onsite visit or teleconference session
  • Fees/registration for online seminars, workshops, etc.


All tenured and tenure-line faculty, full-time non-tenure track instructors, and full-time AP staff with teaching responsibilities at Illinois State University are eligible. Recipients of prior CTLT grants who have failed to meet their grant obligations are ineligible.

Amounts of Grants

Grants will be up to $500 for reimbursement of documented expenses directly related to community engagement learning experience. Number of grants and amounts of individual grants are subject to availability of funds. Individual faculty members are eligible for up to one grant per academic term (fall, spring, and summer).

Application Materials and Procedures

Application form can be found here.

Application Deadlines

There are no specific deadlines. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, but should be submitted at least four weeks prior to incurring expenses for the event, activity or project.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the degree to which each:

  • Clearly addresses all of the narrative elements specified above.
  • Presents an itemized projected expenses and solid rationale for the budget.
  • Presents an assessment plan likely to provide useful feedback about the effectiveness of the activity, event or project in terms of course learning objectives and in terms of contributing to campus goals of civic and community engagement.
  • Is well written and complete.

Conditions of the Grant

Awards for projects requiring technology support may require additional approval.

Acceptance indicates agreement to submit a report (detailed below), which is designed to maximize the benefits of recipients’ experiences by sharing them with the ISU community. These reports will be posted on the CTLT and/or ADP website. Completion of this condition is required to remain eligible for future CTLT grants.
Grant reports (200-300 words) should include:

  • A description of the grant-related event, activity or project (essentially restating the grant proposal narrative, revised when necessary to reflect the actual event);
  • A summary of the findings from data collected regarding the instructional outcomes using the assessment method(s) identified in the proposal.
  • A brief conclusion about the effectiveness of the event, activity or project for supporting ISU’s core value of civic engagement; plans for revisions and improvements (if any) to the activity or project; and recommendations to peers about similar events, activities or projects that others might consider incorporating into their courses.
  • Optional: photos, recordings, examples of students’ responses, etc. to the experience to be included in the website presentation.

Important Dates

  • All receipts for reimbursement and other required documentation must be received at CTLT no later than June 1 of the appropriate fiscal year. Expenses not properly documented by that date cannot be reimbursed.


Contact CTLT or Dana Karraker, Faculty Development Coordinator, at (309) 438-5110.

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