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The following grant opportunities are available to the University community for programs and initiatives related to civic engagement.

Center for Civic Engagement Grants

Registered Student Organization Grant Program

The Registered Student Organization Grant Program, in partnership with the Dean of Students Office, is intended to support Registered Student Organization programs that encourage civic engagement on Illinois State University's campus and within the Bloomington/Normal community. Applications will be accepted on a continual basis.

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Faculty/Instructor Community Engagement Learning Grant Program

The Faculty/Instructor Community Engagement Learning Grant Program is intended to support incorporating the principles and goals of Illinois State's core value of civic engagement into students' curricular experiences. 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.

Applications for projects in the fall will be reviewed on a rolling basis until October 15 and must be completed by December 15. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt but should be submitted at least five weeks prior to incurring expenses for the event, activity, or project. Applications for projects to be completed in the spring and summer should be submitted by March 15. Spring projects must be completed by May 15. Summer projects must be completed by June 15.

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Civic Engagement Grant Awards

Civic Engagement Grant Awards, co-sponsored by CCE, Senior Professionals, and the State Farm Foundation, are available for Illinois State University student organizations or individuals participating in an in-course project that is aimed at improving or educating within the Bloomington-Normal community. See the PDF below for full award criteria. Applications are due by 3 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2023.

Other Illinois State University Grants

Student Sustainability Fund

The Student Sustainability Fund offers grants for creative student, faculty, or staff projects that contribute to the University's commitment to creating a more sustainable campus and community. This fund helps students travel to conferences and plan campus projects like solar picnic tables and new bicycle racks. This program is administered entirely by the Student Sustainability Committee. Visit their website for more information.

Teaching Innovation Grants

Teaching Innovations grants support the development of innovative pedagogical approaches and resources for courses, programs, or other curriculum components at Illinois State University. These grants are awarded by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology.Visit their website for more information.

External Grant Sources