The CU Boulder Outreach Awards fund faculty-led outreach and engagement work that connects research, teaching and creative work with public needs and interests. Individual faculty applicants may request up to $9,000 for each project; interdisciplinary or interdepartmental faculty groups may request up to $24,000 for a single, collaborative outreach project. Applications are now being accepted for 2021–22 awards through Feb. 5, 2021.

Projects should 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.

Note that in-person activities are not eligible for funding until fall 2021.

The CU Boulder Outreach Awards Committee, which is composed of faculty and staff from many disciplines, awards up to $360,000 annually for outreach and engagement projects. Since 1999, 836 projects have received nearly $6.4 million, benefiting 5.5 million people in Colorado and beyond. These awards are funded by the Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost and the Division of Continuing Education.

Note: 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 events, materials and more.