The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Ginsberg Center Community-Driven Engagement Grants  

Our Community-Driven Engagement Grants, co-sponsored by the Vice Provost for Engaged Learning and the College of Literature, Science & the Arts, continues our collaborative funding model which enables us to foster collective action to increase our impact in service to the public good.

Our community-driven engagement grants promote community-university partnerships that the Ginsberg Center has helped support through our matchmaking process.  This funding model is aligned with our "outside-in" approach to community engagement, which is drive by community-identified priorities that are matched to campus partners and resources. This model is also aligned with research that shows that establishing equitable partnership practices leads to greater partner satisfaction and positive outcomes (Levkoe & Kepkiewicz, 2020; Wegemer et al, 2020; Holland et al, 2003).

As part of our process, we offer support for partnership development and project scoping to promote partnerships that are equitable and sustainable from the beginning. We provide grantees with ongoing consultation to support the creation of academic and public products that demonstrate how campus-community partnerships can contribute not only new academic knowledge but also community benefit. 

Our grants are open to all full-time faculty and postdoctoral fellows on the Ann Arbor campus. Grant funds can be used to support efforts aligned with our Center’s vision for an inclusive democracy; thriving, diverse communities; and equity and social justice. These grants can support community-engaged courses, programs and research as well as ongoing collaboratives matched by the Ginsberg Center.

    We offer two different funding opportuinities:

    Partnership Grants: up to $2500

    • For community-engaged courses, research, or programs matched by the Ginsberg Center 
    • Funds can be requested to advance equity in Washtenaw County, Detroit, or other Southeast Michigan communities, through new or ongoing partnerships

    Collaborative Grants: Up to $2500

    • To advance existing community-driven collaboratives supported by the Ginsberg Center.
    • This year, we are focusing on the Housing Affordability Regional Collaborative (HARC). This year's call, co-created with members of HARC, offers funding for university partners interested in collaborating with HARC to offer research and/or data support in one of the following areas:
      • Understanding major drivers of housing unaffordability such as lack of government infrastructure, demographic changes, wage stagnation, and the impact of colleges on local housing markets
      • Understanding the relationship between housing affordability and sustainability and the environment (e.g., the relationship between housing access and variables like transportation, workforce housing, and neighborhood density)
      • Understanding factors that inform public perceptions of affordable housing (e.g., how to respond to misconceptions or reservations)


    What can funds be used for?

    Funds for either award can be used for:
    • Materials or supplies that enhance or support the partnership
    • Research support, including technology, software, or data access for community partners
    • Funding for graduate students (usually only partial funding)
    • Honoraria for community partners serving as guest speakers
    • Compensation for community partners serving as co-educators
      • These co-educator funds can be used for 1 year.
      • Eligibility for a 2nd year of funding is contingent upon departmental co-sponsorship.
        • Ginsberg Center staff can support making this request of home departments.
    • Note: A portion of our funds is reserved for LSA constituents, in support of our ongoing partnership with LSA.

    What are grantee benefits & expectations?

    As a grantee you will:
    • Receive funds to advance equitable university-community partnerships that have been matched by the Ginsberg Center. 
    • Partner with the Ginsberg Center to assess the project’s impact on community partner(s). 
    • Receive support to create and disseminate academic and public products that further positive community impact.
    • Share highlights and insights from completed projects via communication and marketing outlets through the Ginsberg Center or other U-M partners.
    • Engage with other faculty in Ginsberg Center’s communities of practice.

    What is the timeline?

    • We are currently reviewing our grants process, please check for updated information in June 2022
    • Questions? Contact us at