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

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

Faculty/Staff 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 INCENTIVE Grants: For the 2009-2010 academic year, the Center for Community Engagement will award service-learning incentive grants to faculty and staff members through a competitive, campus-wide process. Mini-grants of $200 - $500 will provide funding for supplies for community service-learning projects. 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 resources for: 1. Innovative course-based community service-learning projects. 2. Extra-curricular community service projects that promote student learning. Memorandum of Agreement: Grantees 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, departments, 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 2 pages) Describe the proposed project, clearly addressing the following issues: A. Service Project 1) Include a brief description of the service-learning project. 2) Describe the specific service activities and their connection to at least three learning outcomes for our students. 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. 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 a $200-$500 grant. Funds must be allocated for supplies that directly* impact the service project. Please submit a preliminary budget and budget narrative describing how you expect to use the $500 in funding for supplies. [*Please note that incentive grants are not intended to cover faculty development resources, travel, or registrations for seminars/conferences, etc.]