The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning invites grant proposals from University departments, academic units, and student organizations registered with SOAR and/or recognized by the University for alternative break 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.

Ginsberg Center goals relevant to this support are:

  • 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.


University departments, academic units, and student organizations registered with SOAR and recognized by the University are eligible to apply for funds. Previous Ginsberg Center awardees may apply, but priority may be given to groups who have not received Ginsberg funding in the last 3 years.

Grant Awards

Student groups may apply for funding up to $500. Funds may be used for project costs such as housing, materials and supplies, vehicle leasing, pre-trip education and training, and community partner support.

Grantee Responsibilities

A primary goal of this grants program is to help student organizations develop leadership and build capacity around the use of the alternative breaks model. To facilitate this, student organizations must:

  • have a relevant representative meet with a Ginsberg Center staff member at least 3 times to discuss the project and maximizing the active learning aspects of the program, as well as how to build sustainable capacity,

  • attend 2 Alternative Break Workshops, which will help support and strengthen your work,

  • connect the social issue they are exploring to a local organization or issue,

  • acknowledge the support of the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning on promotional materials and activity products,

  • execute a purposeful and effective alternative break experience,

  • and create an e-portfolio that highlights both the community impact and student learning from the project, along with a final budget report.

Failure to meet these program requirements may result in the termination of funding agreement.

Application Process

To apply for this support, you will find the application on MaizePages. Each application will be given prompt attention by Ginsberg Center staff. The application is open during the Fall semester and due Thursday, November 7th, 2019. If the proposal is complete and falls within the submission guidelines, it will be reviewed by a committee of Ginsberg staff and students. Funding decisions will be announced through an e-mail to the contact person(s) listed on the application in late November.

For any questions or assistance pertaining to your grant proposal, please contact the Alternative Breaks Grant coordinator at