The Office for Outreach and Engagement Micro Grants support projects that connect with  communities external to CU Boulder.

Micro Grants support community-engaged scholarship and outreach-related events, materials, travel and more.

Please see the CU Boulder Outreach Awards for funding larger and ongoing community-engaged project requests. See our Community Impact Grants for seeding and extending new projects and our Undergraduate Community-Engaged Scholars Grants, if you are an undergraduate. 

Community-engaged scholarship and outreach activities that are the most competitive provide clear evidence of how communities beyond the CU campus are involved in and benefit from the project and meet the following criteria:

  • Align with the campus definition of outreach and engagement
  • Align with our office's mission
  • Involve communities external to the CU Boulder campus, especially those with less access to university resources (e.g. rural, black, indigenous, Latino, immigrant, low income)
  • Connect to CU Boulder scholarship (research, teaching or creative work)
  • Provide mutual benefit to CU Boulder and external community participants
  • Promote equity, access and inclusion for groups with less access to university resources
  • Develop innovative ways to address community issues in collaboration with community partners

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.

Grant Funding Comparison Spreadsheet

Frequently Asked Questions about Office Grants

Grant Recipients

There are two grant cycles per academic year:


  • For activities during the fall and spring terms
  • Proposal deadline:  Friday Aug. 13, 2020


  • For activities during the spring, summer and fall terms
  • Proposal deadline: Friday, February 4, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.

Decisions on funding will typically be announced within 30 days of the submission deadline. The awards selection process is competitive. Award 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 receive up to one Micro Grant per academic year.

Applicant must be a CU Boulder faculty member, staff member or currently enrolled graduate student (with faculty sponsor).

Allowable Expenses

  • Travel and project costs for community-engaged research, teaching or creative work and outreach events or activities.
  • Program materials or supplies, including food

  • Participant stipends and expenses

  • Pay for currently enrolled students up to $1,000

Non-allowable Expenses

  • Pay or travel expenses for professional consultants or outside speakers

  • Faculty and staff pay, honoraria or release time

Below are the sections in the Micro Grant online application. Applicants will need to provide contact information for a departmental accounting person.

General Information

  • Applicant Contact Information
  • Preferred Pronouns
  • Contact information for a departmental accounting person
  • Indicate if prior awardee (Office for Outreach and Engagement Micro or Community Impact Grant, CU Boulder Outreach Award) and
  • If you are a prior Micro or Community Impact grant awardee, indicate if you have submitted a final status report.

Project/Funding Request Description

Provide a brief overview of the funding request and provide the following details (600 words maximum).

  • A description of proposed work or activity including the goals and objectives
  • Where the activity or event takes place: provide specific information about the location, institutions, community and/or venue

Participant Details

Campus Participants (250 words maximum)

  • List campus faculty, staff or student participants
  • Provide a short description of how they will be involved in the event/activity.  
  • Describe goals and intended benefits for campus participants

External Community Participants (If applicable) (250 words maximum)

  • If applicable, list external community partners (e.g. city government, nonprofit organization, community group, etc.) and/or participants (e.g. audience members, K-12 students)
  • Provide a short description of how they will be involved in the event/activity.  
  • Describe goals and intended benefits for external community participants.

Timeline for proposed work or activity

  • Provide a brief narrative describing the timeline (100 words maximum)
  • Describe scenarios for how you will modify your plans to address COVID-19 restrictions as needed. (100 words maximum)
  • Input approximate start and end dates for your Micro Grant-affiliated activities

Detailed Budget Information

  • Funding requested: Total dollar amount of funding requested from the Office for Outreach and Engagement ($2,000 limit, including GAIR at 7.89% of total project costs).
  • Budget narrative: Provide an explanation and justification of how funds will be used to support the activities described in the funding request. Describe how the project will 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: Complete 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. an 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 7.89% 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. 

Funding requirements

Orientation requirement

  • Attend a virtual orientation on Thursday, September 2, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. to learn about awardee requirements and working with our office. 

Communications requirements

  • If you want publicity for your project, please review 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 on any posters or ads, which we can provide. 

  • 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 Micro 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.

Status Report Requirements

  • When the project or event is completed, grantee must fill out a status report that describes the impact of funded activities. The status report due date will be provided in the funding agreement. Note that the status report must be completed prior to submitting for additional funding requests to the office.


Contact Lisa H. Schwartz, community outreach program manager