Made possible by the Ron and Eileen Weiser Fund, the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning invites proposals from registered University of Michigan student organizations for direct service initiatives that will advance the Center's mission to engage students, faculty, and community members in learning together through community service and civic participation in a diverse democratic society.
This year, registered student organizations will have the opportunity to apply for one of the following types of Student Initiative Grants:
1.) Community-Based Project Grant: Funds organizations up to $500 for a community-based service initiative.
2.) Literacy Project Grant: Funds up to $600 for a community-based project that focuses on K-12 literacy.
3.) Collaborative Project Grant: Funds up to $1,000 for a community-based project in which two or more student organizations collaborate together to address a specific social issue.
Ginsberg Center goals relevant to these grants:
- Build student capacity for learning and leadership through community service, civic participation, and educational efforts.
- Build the capacity of communities through partnerships with the University, which contribute to community quality of life and enhance student learning.
- Increase the institutional capacity of the University of Michigan for student civic and multicultural learning.
Undergraduate and graduate student organizations registered with the University are eligible to apply for funds. If you need to register your student organization, please find registration information here.
Previous Ginsberg Center awardees may apply, but priority will be given to organizations who have not received prior Ginsberg Center funding; repeat funding will only be considered if the proposed project is different than the one previously funded.
The funding timeline for all three Student Initiative Grant types are the same. There will be two funding cycles in 2013-14. For both cycles, funded project expenses must fall within the time period detailed below:
||Call for proposals announced:
||Proposals due by 5:00 P.M.:
||Funding decisions announced:
||Funded project expenses between:
||October 1, 2014 - May 30, 2015
Use of Funds
Funds may be used for project costs such as hosting, printing, copying, supplies, vehicle leasing, guest speaker honoraria, and community partner support. We do not fund t-shirts, fund-raisers, alternative breaks trips, or plane fares.
Some grant proposals we receive are really requests for Ginsberg Center co-sponsorship. If you seek funds for a campus event -- a dinner, symposium, student conference, speaker series, lecture, etc. - please do not use the Student Initiative Grant application. Ginsberg is not currently able to offer funding support to student organizations for on-campus events. If you are unsure whether your project qualifies, please send your inquiry to email@example.com.
Expectations for Grant Recipients
Since the Ginsberg Center is both a funding partner and a capacity-building partner, a Ginsberg Center staff member will meet with you throughout your project to discuss issues and to problem-solve. We will also provide a complimentary copy of our publication, "I Like My Service Well Done: Resources for Incorporating Education into Co-Curricular Service and Social Action Programs," which is a compilation of readings and activities useful for building student organizations' service and learning capacities. In addition to meeting regularly with Ginsberg Center staff, grantee organizations are also responsible for:
- Acknowledging the Ginsberg Cener as a project supporter
- Having members attend at least one Ginsberg Center workshop that aids in the development of the project
- Documenting project expenses and submitting a financial report
- Creating an online portfolio that highlights both the community impact and student learning from the project
- Showcasing the project to key stakeholders at an end of year event
Failure to comply with the above requirements will be grounds for forfeiture of the grant funds and ineligibility for future Ginsberg Center grants.
To apply for a Student Initative Grant, please complete and submit an electronic copy of this application template to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must submit the complete proposal by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date indicated in the funding cycle chart above. Each application will be given prompt attention by Ginsberg Center staff. If the proposal falls within the submission guidelines and all parts of the application are complete, it will be reviewed by a committee of stakeholders. Decisions will be announced by an e-mail to the contact person by 11 P.M. on the announcement date detailed in the funding cycles chart above.
If you have any questions about the grant process or would like to discuss your proposal with a member of the Ginsberg Center staff prior to submitting an application, please email email@example.com with your request.