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The Civic Engagement Fund at Dickinson College

Center for Civic Learning & Action

The Civic Engagement Fund at Dickinson College (CEF) supports projects that promote civic learning and college-community engagement that benefit the public good. The fund provides funding financial and administrative support for innovative proposals in the areas of community-engaged collaboration, pedagogy, or scholarship. The fund is comprised of four distinct opportunities:


Purpose: Collaborative Action Funds support initiatives that address documented community needs and benefit the community. Funds may be used to support planning and/or program implementation.

Eligibility: Collaborative Action Funds are available for new or existing teams of stakeholders. Each team must include at least one Dickinson College faculty or staff member and at least one representative of a community-based organization (e.g., nonprofit, government, or business). Teams that engage Dickinson College students and community stakeholders are preferred. New initiatives and expansions of existing programs are eligible; ongoing operating costs and capital expenses are ineligible.

Available Awards: Applicants may request between $3,000 and $7,500 (in total) for project periods between 6-24 months. The Center for Civic Learning & Action will serve as the administrator for awarded funds; Dickinson College financial and procurement policies will apply to all expenditures.

Deadlines: Proposals will be reviewed three (3) times per year with submission deadlines on November 15th, March 1st, and July 1st. Funding decisions will be made within 30 days, and funds will be available at the time of the award.

Criteria: Each proposal will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Overall Project (20%): An explanation of the proposed project that creates a thorough vision for implementation and describes how the project is feasible, innovative, and collaborative.
  • Statement of Need (20%): A description of the community-identified need the proposal is intended to address supported by evidence (e.g., quantitative or qualitative data). A letter of support from a community partner is required.
  • Potential Outcomes (20%): Articulated outcomes for the project’s stakeholders including community members and students. 
  • Theory of Change (10%): A clear presentation of how the intended action will address the need and lead to the desired change. Scholarly and/or practical evidence in support of the intended action’s efficacy.
  • Assessment and Dissemination Plan (15%): A well-defined plan for documenting the outputs, outcomes, and impacts of the project; a strategy for presenting information for use by college and community stakeholders and the broader scholarly community.
  • Project Sustainability (15%): A plan for sustaining the initiative beyond the life the award. Should address ongoing staffing, space, and operating expenses. Continued engagement by Dickinson College and community stakeholders. 

All eligible proposals will be reviewed by a panel of college and community stakeholders. The Civic Engagement Fund is administered by the Center for Civic Learning & Action.

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Purpose: Engaged Pedagogy Funds provide funding for faculty seeking course release or a summer stipend to pursue the development of new community-engaged learning courses at Dickinson College. Courses must include civic learning, service learning, and/or community-based research as significant elements. Awards fund course release and may include a small travel or operating budget to support course development and implementation. Smaller awards are also available to incorporate community-engaged pedagogy in existing courses.

Eligibility: Engaged Pedagogy Funds are available to Dickinson College faculty on continuing appointments. Applicants must provide evidence of support from the department chair for course release and recurring delivery of the proposed course.

Available Awards: Applicants may request a one-semester course release or a summer stipend (funded at the college’s current rate) plus up to $500 of funding for travel or course-related operating expenses. For revisions to existing courses, requests for up to $1,500 of faculty stipend support and $500 of operating support will be considered. The Center for Civic Learning & Action will serve as the administrator for awarded funds, and course releases/stipends will require final approval by the Provost’s Office. Dickinson College financial and procurement policies will apply to all expenditures.

Deadlines: Proposals will be reviewed three (3) times per year with submission deadlines on October 1st, February 1st, and June 1st. Funding decisions will be made within 30 days, and funds will be available at the time of the award.

Criteria: Each proposal will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Course Description (40%): A description of the proposed course to include, at a minimum: (1) an overview of course content, (2) the expected community-engaged pedagogy, (3) the learning outcomes the community engagement will enhance, (4) the relationship of the proposed course to the curriculum (e.g., elective course in a major), (5) the anticipated student audience, and (6) the expected schedule for offering the course.
  • Statement of Community Need (30%): A description of the community-identified need the proposal is intended to address supported by evidence (e.g., quantitative or qualitative data). A letter of support from a community partner is recommended; if a partner has not been identified, the proposal should identify a list of potential partners to approach.
  • Faculty and Community Products (15%): The proposal should identify how the course connects to the faculty member’s ongoing teaching, research, and/or service responsibilities. It should also indicate the expected outputs and potential outcomes for the community partners.
  • Project Sustainability (15%): Plan for sustaining the initiative beyond the semester, which could include, among other things, connections to faculty scholarship, creating student internships, linkages to co-curricular programs, or partnerships with other community-engaged courses.

All eligible proposals will be reviewed by a panel of college and community stakeholders. The Civic Engagement Fund is administered by the Center for Civic Learning & Action.

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Purpose: Engaged Scholarship Funds support community-engaged scholarship projects in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences at Dickinson College. Scholarly projects that engage community in the design, implementation, performance, documentation, and/or analysis of an intellectual endeavor will be considered. The fund is designed to stimulate Dickinson College’s contributions to and dissemination of engaged scholarship.

Eligibility: Engaged Scholarship Funds are available to Dickinson College faculty and staff on continuing appointments.

Available Awards: Applicants may request $2,000 to $6,000 in support of any phase of a community engaged project to be completed during a 12-month period. The funds are intended to support operating costs primarily but may also be used to support partial summer stipends. The Center for Civic Learning & Action will serve as the administrator for awarded funds, and Dickinson College financial and procurement policies will apply to all expenditures.

Deadlines: Proposals will be reviewed three (3) times per year with submission deadlines on December 1st, April 1st, and August 1st. Funding decisions will be made within 30 days, and funds will be available at the time of the award.

Criteria: Each proposal will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Scholarly Activity Description (30%): The description of the scholarly activity should include: (1) the contribution the project will make to the arts, humanities, or humanistic social sciences, (2) a review of relevant scholarly literature that informs the proposal, (3) identification of methodology for the project, (4) a plan for engaging the community in the scholarly activity, and (5) a description of the intended product.
  • Connection to Faculty Expertise and Prior Scholarship (10%): A justification of the proposed project’s connection to the faculty member’s expertise and ongoing scholarly interests.
  • Statement of Need (15%): A description of the community-identified need the proposal is intended to address supported by evidence (e.g., quantitative or qualitative data). A letter of support from a community partner is required.
  • Inclusion of Dickinson Students (10%): Plan to involve Dickinson students in aspects of the scholarly project.
  • Assessment and Dissemination Plan (20%): A well-defined plan for documenting the outputs, outcomes, and impacts of the project; a strategy for presenting information for use by college and community stakeholders; and, identification of scholarly outlets for publication in the field of study and/or the scholarship of engagement.
  • Project Sustainability (15%): Plan for sustaining the initiative beyond the award, which could include, among other things, connections to ongoing faculty scholarship, creating student internships, linkages to co-curricular programs, or partnerships with community-engaged courses.

All eligible proposals will be reviewed by a panel of college and community stakeholders. The Civic Engagement Fund is administered by the Center for Civic Learning & Action.

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Purpose: Small Change, Better World provides seed grants to Dickinson students to propose projects addressing a one-time, specific, and tangible need in a local, national, or global community. Funds may be used to address a gap in support rather than a travel expense or programmatic activity that a partner institution has the jurisdiction and/or capability to support.

Eligibility: Small Change, Better World grants are available for all Dickinson students, regardless of his/her/their class year.

Available Awards: Grant requests may not exceed $1,000 and must be achievable within the academic year. The Center for Civic Learning & Action will serve as the administrator for awarded funds; Dickinson College financial and procurement policies will apply to all expenditures.

Deadlines: Proposals will be reviewed two (2) times per year with submission deadlines for the fall semester on December 4th, 2019 . Funding decisions will be made within two weeks, and funds will be available at the time of the award.

Criteria: Each proposal will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Overall Project (25%): An explanation of the proposed project that creates a thorough vision for implementation and describes how the project is feasible, innovative, and collaborative.
  • Statement of Need (25%): A description of the community-identified need the proposal is intended to address, and why the student wants to implement this project. Students will also need to include an itemized budget narrative.
  • Project Impact (20%): Articulated outcomes for the project’s stakeholders including community members and students as well as provide a project impact statement.
  • Theory of Change (15%): A clear presentation of how the intended action will address the need and lead to the desired change. Students will choose one or more Sustainable Development Goals that their desired project aligns with.
  • Assessment and Dissemination Plan (15%): A well-defined plan for documenting the outputs, outcomes, and impacts of the project. Students must also provide a strategy to identify any challenges that may arise during the implementation if their project.

All eligible proposals will be reviewed by a panel of Dickinson faculty, staff, and students. The Small Change, Better World Fund is administered by the Center for Civic Learning & Action.

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More details on each of these opportunities is provided below. Limited funding is available each year. The Civic Engagement Fund is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Office of the President of Dickinson College.

For more information about any of these opportunities or to discuss your proposal, please contact the Center for Civic Learning & Action (engage@dickinson.edu).