The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning


The Ginsberg Center provides multiple forms of financial resources for student groups and organizations to engage in positive change through social justice education, leadership development, and meaningful service experiences with the community. The Community Engagement Grant program allows us to deepen our partnerships with student organizations and support community-based initiatives. Community Engagement Grants are offered on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.

Funding is intended to support partnerships between UM student organizations and external community organizations or agencies (i.e. non-profit, government office, etc), who are working together to collectively address a community identified need. We invite proposals from organizations who already have an existing community partnership or those seeking to establish a local, sustainable partnership. 

Funds may be used for costs such as materials, supplies, etc. Funding is NOT to be used for t-shirts, airfare, speaker honorarium, or on-campus events that are not in direct partnership with the community.  


Priority for funding will be given to:

  • Organizational initiatives meeting community-identified needs

  • Projects towards the establishment or cultivation of a sustainable, ongoing partnership

  • Projects in line with Ginsberg Center Guiding Principles

  • Depending on application requests, COVID-19 specific projects may be prioritized. 

While virtual and in-person projects are both eligible for grant funding, only projects that adhere with state of Michigan and University guidelines and policies regarding COVID-19 will be funded. If your organization is not able to adhere to these guidelines and policies, funding will not be provided or returned to the Ginsberg Center. 


The Community Engagement Grant has two ranges of funding:

For small-scale initiatives: Funding up to $300

For large-scale initiatives: Funding up to $800

*Note: there is a $1000 maximum for funding per organization per academic year.


Process Requirements:

The process for grant funding with the Ginsberg Center is an interactive process, in which group members work with members of the Ginsberg Center team to increase the potential for positive, sustainable community impact. While the grant process is similar for both small- and large-scale initiatives, receipt of funding for a large-scale initiative may require more rigorous requirements. Requirements for all grant funded groups include:

  • Attendance at an “Entering, Engaging, and Exiting Communities” workshop. For the 2021-2022 academic year, all Ginsberg Center workshops will be held in person and virtually. 

  • At least two meetings with Ginsberg Center staff; once before the initiative and once after.

  • Submission of an impact report that highlights the work done, learning/skills developed, budget, and community impact.

  • Presenting about the initiative and group learning at the annual Ginsberg Center Student Leader Showcase, which will occur in April.

*All workshops and advising meetings will take place virtually with Ginsberg Center staff



Community Engagement Grants are offered on a rolling basis until funds are depleted. The deadlines are as follows:

September 15th

October 13th

November 10th

December 8th

January 12th

February 16th

March 16th

*Decisions will be released 10-14 days after the application deadline.



Applications can be found through MaizePages. Student organizations must use their updated MaizePages account in order to access and submit their application. Applications will be available starting August 30, 2021.


Other Considerations:

Please contact to talk about possible funding opportunities if:

  • You are a part of a group that is not a Registered Student Organization, but is planning an initiative that meets the above criteria.

  • You are part of a group or organization that is seeking funding for an event that occurred before the application deadline.