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Learn and Serve America GREAT CITIES ~ GREAT SERVICE CONSORTIUM GRANT Center for Community Engagement Faculty Mini-Grant Application

Name: Department: Project Title: Service-Learning Course: Community Partner: Community Partner Contact Information:

Faculty Signature: ______________________________________________________________________ Department Chair’s Signature: ___________________________________________________________

Proposals Due to Melissa Gilbert by Friday, December 11, 2009.

Email narrative as a word file attachment to: Send cover sheet with signatures via campus mail.

Request for Proposals
Description of Great Cities~Great Service Partnership Development Mini-Grants: For the 2009-2010 academic year, the Center for Community Engagement will award service-learning mini-grants to faculty members through a competitive, campus-wide process. Mini-grants of $1200 will fund the development and implementation of a community partnership that will support an academic service-learning course offered during this academic year. The mini-grants are intended to support collaborations between Otterbein and local non-profits, schools and/or government agencies. For the purpose of this mini-grant service-learning is defined as: Service-Learning combines service to the community with student learning in a way that improves both the student and the community, fostering civic responsibility and enhancing the academic curriculum. Exemplary service-learning experiences answer community-identified needs and include on-going reflection. These funds will provide support for faculty members: 1. To develop a new community partnership or sustain an existing partnership with a local agency/school 2. To revise a course to include a service-learning component or 3. To develop a new course incorporating a service-learning component. Proposals will be reviewed according to the following criteria:   Learning Outcomes: The service project is directly tied to course learning outcomes. Impact: The proposal provides evidence of well-planned assessment activities to show measurable student and community outcomes. Community partnership: The proposal demonstrates how community partners will be involved in the planning and implementation of the service-learning course. Reflection: Innovative reflection activities are included.

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Memorandum of Agreement: Faculty members will be asked to review and sign a memorandum of agreement with the Center that explains Learn and Serve guidelines and faculty responsibilities. Please note that faculty members who receive grants will be asked to submit a final report on their grant-funded activities in June 2010. The CCE will also periodically request photographs and other artifacts from your project to include with funding reports. Funding Source: Funds for this project are made possible through the Center for Community Engagement’s grant from The Corporation for National and Community Service (Learn and Serve America Higher Education). The Corporation for National and Community Service improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Each year, the Corporation provides opportunities for more than 2 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and country through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America. For more information, go to Eligibility: Full and part-time faculty and staff from all disciplines and professional schools at Otterbein are eligible to apply. The mini-grants may not be used for international service projects, or projects beyond the state of Ohio. If you are interested in developing an international service-learning course, please contact Melissa Kesler Gilbert at the CCE.

IMPORTANT RESOURCE TO CONSIDER National Service-Learning Clearinghouse: On-Campus Assistance If you need assistance preparing your proposal, please contact Melissa Kesler Gilbert, 823-1251 or email

NARRATIVE PROPOSAL All proposals must be typewritten and contain the following. I. Cover page: (attached- used for all future communication so please be complete)

II. Abstract: (double-spaced, not to exceed 150 words). Briefly describe the project (this will be used to describe your project, partnership and intended outcomes to our funder and for publicity purposes.) III. Project Narrative: (double-spaced, not to exceed 3 pages) Describe the proposed project, clearly addressing the following issues: A. Teaching: 1) Include a brief course description of the service-learning course. 2) Describe the service activities and their connection to at least three learning outcomes for the course. B. Community Partnership: 1) Describe the mission and needs of the intended community partner. 2) How will the community partner be involved in the creation of the project? C. Reflection: 1) Describe how you will use innovative reflection techniques to encourage students to make meaningful links between their service and the learning outcomes for the course. D. Assessment: 1) Describe how you will assess the student learning that grows out of their service experience. IV. Budget and Budget Narrative: Each applicant may apply for up to a $1200 grant. Funds must be allocated as follows: $500 = $400 = $300 = Faculty Stipend issued by the CCE Supplies for the service project (should be used to prepare students for service and/or actual expendable supplies for the project) Community Partner Stipend (provided to an external partner who assists with the development of the course and/or participates in the project)

Submit a preliminary budget narrative describing how you expect to use the $400 in funding for supplies.