The CU Boulder Outreach Awards were started in 1999 to support faculty-led outreach and engagement projects that connect research, teaching and creative work with public needs. The CU Boulder Outreach Committee selects projects that respond to a direct request made by a school or community group, establish a relationship with a group or community, serve a community with limited access to CU Boulder programs, make the work of CU Boulder’s faculty accessible to the public, and/or involve CU Boulder undergraduate and graduate students in project development, implementation or evaluation.
The Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost and the Division of Continuing Education fund the awards, which are administered by our office. Applicants must be CU Boulder faculty, although staff as well as undergraduate and graduate students can play a crucial role in advancing these projects. Award support has been used to leverage additional funding from other sources.
The CU Boulder Outreach Committee awards up to $460,000 annually for outreach and engagement projects. Since 1999, more than 774 projects have received nearly $5.5 million.
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.