The following grant opportunities are available to the University community for programs and initiatives related to civic engagement.
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 available soon and will be accepted on a continual basis.
The Faculty/Instructor Community Engagement Learning Grant Program, in partnership with the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, 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 are accepted on a continual basis.
Civic Engagement Grant Awards, co-sponsored by Senior Professionals, 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. Click here for award criteria. Note: this program is currently on hold due to the pandemic.
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 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.
The Mini Trip Grant from the National Center for Urban Education (NCUE) is designed for faculty members who have previously redesigned courses to focus on urban issues in their classes, in addition to participating in a bus trip to one of the NCUE neighborhoods. Faculty members should apply for the CDG mini trip if they are interested in redesigning another course, understanding a new urban community, or participating in another Urban Bus Trip. Visit the NCUE website for more information.