The Office for Outreach and Engagement community impact grants support projects that connect with external constituents and align with our office's strategic initiatives: engaged arts and humanities, community development and design, and environmental sciences and sustainability.
Started in 2017, these grants can be used as seed funding to establish a project prior to applying for a CU Boulder Outreach Award or other external funding. For event, lecture or travel funding, review our office's Micro Grants program.
There are two grant cycles:
- For activities during the Fall and Spring terms
- Proposal deadline: Sept. 13, 2019
- For activities during the Spring and Summer terms
- Proposal deadline: Feb. 14, 2020
Decisions on funding will typically be announced within 30 days of the submission deadline. The awards selection process is competitive. Awards funding is subject to availability and partial funding may be awarded.
Applicants must complete the online proposal form. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Applicants and projects may be awarded up to one grant per academic year.
Community-engaged scholarship and outreach programs that are the most competitive meet the following criteria:
- Align with the campus definition of outreach and engagement
- Align with our office's strategic initiatives: engaged arts and humanities, community development and design and environmental sciences and sustainability
- Involve audiences external to the CU Boulder campus, and especially those with less access to university resources (e.g. underserved communities, rural areas)
- Connect to CU Boulder scholarship (research, teaching or creative work)
- Provide mutual benefit to CU Boulder and external community participants
Please be aware that multiple proposals from a single unit within a given cycle may not be awarded, because our office has made it a priority to support activities from units across campus.
Applicant must be a CU Boulder faculty member, staff member or currently enrolled graduate student (with faculty sponsor).
Program materials, supplies (including food) and equipment necessary to the project, including:
Creation of and dissemination of PR/media materials integral to the project plan
Stipends or hourly pay for currently enrolled CU Boulder undergraduate or graduate student
Supplemental staff pay, participant honorariums/scholarships
Travel expenses for CU Boulder faculty, staff and students and community participants
Pay or travel expenses for professional consultants or outside speakers
Faculty pay, honoraria or release time
Below are the sections in the Community Impact online application.
Applicants will need to provide contact information for a departmental accounting person
Project Summary (250 words maximum)
- Provide a brief description of the work to be completed, and indicate if this is a seed or pilot project or an expansion of an existing program..
- Provide evidence of need by describing:
- perspectives expressed by key stakeholders or groups
- relevant scholarship
- Briefly state the goals and objectives of the CU Boulder campus participants and the community partners.
- State where the project will take place (provide specific names of cities or towns, institutions and/or venues).
Rationale For Request (250 words maximum)
- Explain why a Community Impact Grant is the appropriate fit rather than an Outreach Award. Community Impact Grants are intended to seed or extend projects that are smaller in scope.
- Explain how your project fits within the Office for Outreach and Engagement’s strategic initiatives.
- Explain your plans for securing future funding if this is a pilot for a larger project.
- If you have received funding for this project from our office in the past, explain how your current proposal extends its reach or scope.
Participant Details Section
All projects must engage external community partners and participants.
External Community Partners and/or Participants (max 250 words)
List external partners and describe how they are involved in the planning process, project activities and goal setting
- Community partners. These might be schools, libraries, nonprofits, and other institutions etc.)
- Community participants. These might be attendees, audience members, community members who your partners serve (e.g. students in a K-12 classroom, citizen scientists)
Campus Partners and/or Participants (max 250 words)
List campus partners and describe how they are involved in the planning process, project activity and goal setting
- Campus partners. These might be faculty members, staff, centers, research teams or other entities on campus.
- Campus participants. These might be faculty, staff or students who are audience members or affiliated with partners in some way.
Partner Benefits (max 250 words)
Project activity should be mutually beneficial for external community and campus partners. In advance of applying, please reach out and ask the partner(s) specifically how they see the project benefiting them and/or the audiences or participants they serve. Your proposal will be less competitive without this crucial information.
- Explain external partner and/or participant benefits
- How does the project benefit your partners and/or participants?
- Provide evidence that shows you communicated with the community partners and/or participants about how they view the project’s benefit (e.g. detailed communications, a report, a direct request from the community, etc.)
- Explain campus partner and/or participant benefits
- How does the project benefit the campus partners and/or participants? (e.g. faculty, staff, students, campus groups.)
Project plans and timeline (250 words maximum)
- Describe the process for how you plan to achieve your goals and objectives, including a detailed timeline.
- Input approximate start and end dates for your Community Impact Grant-affiliated activities
Assessment plans (250 words maximum)
Describe your project assessment plans including how you will monitor the quality of your outreach work, assess whether your work reached stated project objectives and how you will gather relevant feedback from project participants.
Detailed Budget Information
- Funding requested: Total dollar amount of funding requested from the Office for Outreach and Engagement ($5,000 limit, including GAIR, currently 7.68% of your total budget).
- Budget narrative: Provide an explanation and justification of how funds will be used to support the activities described in the funding request. Specifically explain how your budget will support the activities and people described in your proposal and how the project might change if funding is not awarded. (250 words maximum)
- Other funding sources: Describe other sources of funding for your project, including any matching funds available from your department/unit. (250 words maximum)
- Grant budget worksheet: Use the budget worksheet template, then upload the completed budget template with your online submission. The budget should include:
- Itemized expenses you are requesting from OOE for your project including a breakdown of the dollar amount and a brief description of the projected expenses (e.g. hourly rate for student pay and number of hours to be worked, cost of individual hotel rooms, per diem per person, etc.).
- Cost of GAIR (General Administrative and Infrastructure Recharge), currently assessed at 7.68% of your total budget. All outreach accounts, which are Fund 29 accounts, are subject to GAIR fees from the university.
An academic unit or department must sponsor and maintain fiscal oversight of the project.
Sign the funding agreement and provide a Fund 29 speedtype within 30 days after receiving funding notification. Information for creating a new speedtype can be found on the University Controller website.
If you want any kind of publicity related to your project, please review background information about outreach communications.
Inform your department communicator and Sue Postema Scheeres, OOE's assistant director of communications, about any events or story ideas related to your project. Sue can help you determine who to contact and connect you with Strategic Relations resources, and suggest ways to advertise the event. Please include our office's logo, which we can provide, on any posters and ads.
Acknowledge that the project received Office for Outreach and Engagement grant funding on a webpage about your project, a story or a press release, using the following language: "This project was funded through a grant from the Office for Outreach and Engagement." Note that the link is to the Community Impact Grants page.
Make sure to select “Outreach and Engagement” under the interest category section on the CU Events Calendar to have your event promoted on the campus Public Outreach and Community Engagement website.
Tag @CUOutreach on any social media posts related to your project.
Respond in a timely manner to office staff about project deadlines or publicity related to the project, which may be featured on the Public Outreach and Community Engagement website.
Final Report Requirements
- Complete a brief final report by the date specified in the funding agreement. We will provide the final report form for awardees to use. You will be asked to provide information on partnership development, key impacts of activities with partners (faculty, staff, students, community members) and participants (e.g. audiences/communities served), reflection on process and future plans, and use of funds. Note that the final report must be completed prior to submitting additional funding requests to the office.
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Types of Grants
Each of these grant types supports outreach and engagement work. Each has its own selection criteria, application requirements, allowable expenses and application deadlines.
These differences are described in more detail on separate web pages for each grant type, which can be found at the Outreach Funding page.
In general, CU Boulder Outreach Awards fund projects that are larger in scope and have more fully established partnerships. If your project is in an earlier stage or you want to extend your work into new areas, consider applying for our office's grants. These include Community Impact Grants that seed or extend community-engaged work and Micro Grants that support outreach-related travel, events and more.
The Micro and Community Impact grants are reviewed, awarded and administered by a team in our office.
The annual campuswide Outreach Awards are reviewed by the CU Boulder Outreach Committee composed of faculty and staff from multiple academic disciplines and offices across campus. Once awarded, the grants are administered by our office.
You may submit more than one proposal in one academic year; however, each proposal must be for a distinct, substantially different outreach activity or project. Due to the limited amount of funding available, if you have already received funding, subsequent proposals are less likely to be funded during the same academic year.
If you receive funding during one academic year, you may apply in the next academic year for funding that would significantly expand or extend your project. If appropriate, you may also consider applying for a campuswide Outreach Award in a different year following successful project work funded by Micro or Community Impact grants.
Each deadline is intended to accommodate activities that will be initiated in the following two terms. Out-of-cycle proposals will not be accepted.
The September deadline is intended for project activities in late fall or beyond; the January deadline is intended for project activities in spring, summer, or early fall. April deadlines (Micro Grants only) are intended for project activities in summer or fall.
Contact us to discuss possible known issues with timing of applications.
Project Work and Partners
We define external constituents and audiences for outreach and engagement work as individuals and groups who are involved in and/or affected by the project, and who are not CU Boulder faculty, staff or students.
The roles of the external constituents/audiences vary among project types; examples include project collaborators, stakeholders, partners, participants and attendees at conferences or events.
Engaged arts and humanities projects or community development projects: contact Lisa H. Schwartz.
Environmental sciences and sustainability projects: contact Jenny Briggs.