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Grant Opportunities for 2023-24

The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) will announce new faculty grant deadlines during the Fall Semester, 2023.  Please watch this spot for more details!


Service Learning Fellowships

The Service Learning Fellowship program is designed to support faculty in developing service learning opportunities for CSUSB students. Service Learning Fellows can use these funds to infuse service learning into an existing CSUSB course or to develop a new course with a strong service learning component.

Goals of the Service Learning Fellowship Program:

  • Provide significant service learning experiences to CSUSB students that relate to their personal growth and enhance their learning.
  • Provide students with service learning experiences that directly address a community need.
  • Advance community-university partnerships that bring resources to Inland Empire communities.
  • Promote the institutionalization of high-quality service learning opportunities at CSUSB.

Award Eligibility and Amount,:

  • Establishing Community Partnership Grants are open to any CSUSB and CSUSB-PDC faculty member.
  • Applicants may request up to $2,000. All funds must be spent in accordance with CSU and CSUSB policies and procedures.


Establishing Community Partnerships Grant

The Establishing Community Partnerships Grant supports faculty in their efforts to establish new community partnerships and/or further develop existing partnerships. Important to any community-based research and/or teaching is a strong relationship with a community partner. These relationships are built on trust and through substantial investments of time. 

This grant program offers faculty substantial support in their efforts to develop community partnerships as the first step to other community engagement strategies, including but not limited to community-based learning and service learning both in formal classes and in other teaching-related activities (research teams, internships, independent study, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities), as well as in community-based and community participatory research, scholarly, and creative activities. 

Award Eligibility and Amount,:

  • Establishing Community Partnership Grants are open to any full-time CSUSB and CSUSB-PDC faculty member.
  • Mini-grants of up to $3,000 for faculty professional development will be awarded. All funds must be spent in accordance with CSU and CSUSB policies and procedures.


Community-Based Research Mini-Grant

The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) offers faculty mini-grants up to $5,000 to support community-based research projects, i.e., the application of knowledge through research to the solution of problems confronting Inland Empire communities. The mini-grant program is open to all faculty.

Proposals are invited for a wide range of research activities. Proposals must:

  • Begin with the identification of a community partner and a specific community need;
  • Involve faculty and members of an agency/organization working together to define the problem to be examined, co-generating relevant knowledge, and executing research techniques; and
  • Include activities that result in a research paper or creative work submitted for publication

Award Amount, Use and Grant Period:

Mini-grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. The grant period is one year from the date of award, but can be extended upon approval of a written extension request. Typical uses of mini-grant funds include: research resources (books, journals), supplies, duplication, postage, student assistants, and/or conference fees (conference must be relevant to the proposal.) International travel is not allowed with mini-grant funds.