CCEL Minigrants

The Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) is pleased to offer project mini-grants, up to $200, to support CWRU civic engagement projects. These mini-grants are designated for projects and activities that promote principles of civic engagement and actively engage students, staff, faculty and/or community members.

Mini Grant Request Process

To request a civic engagement mini-grant, please complete the following online form. Minigrants are reviewed by the CCEL Executive Council, a student leadership team that meets approximately twice a month during the academic year. Upcoming CCEL Exec meeting dates are listed in the form. Minigrants should be submitted at least 48 hours before the date in order to be added to that meeting's agenda. Funding is awarded on a rolling basis, as funds permit.

Mini Grant Criteria

Successful applications will emphasize unique collaborations, student voice and leadership, or community voice and impact. They also should be consistent with the mission of the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning: The mission of CCEL is to create an engaged campus by providing and supporting opportunities for community service and collective action while promoting civic awareness and leadership. Preference will be given to projects that directly involve more than one form of civic engagement (direct service, philanthropy, education and advocacy, political engagement, etc).

Mini-grants may cover the following expenses that are integral to the project:

  • materials and supplies
  • speaker fees
  • group transportation costs to the service project (may cover CCEL mini-van rental costs)
  • food costs that are integral to the project

Unallowable costs include:

  • give-away items (unless they have a direct civic engagement outcome)
  • staff or student salaries/stipends or personal compensation
  • funding to cover costs of an individual student
  • direct donations
  • food that is simply an incentive for participants to attend an event

Examples of project expenses that were funded in the past:

  • Craft and activity supplies for weekly sessions of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • Gas for a CWRU group to travel to Virginia to participate in an Alternative Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Speaker fee to host an interactive graphics presentation on campus to educate about mountaintop removal and the impact of coal on Appalachian communities.
  • Materials for a Women's Health Expo, organized by CWRU volunteers, and open to community members.
  • Funds for a screening of a documentary film focused on human rights and refugee issues.
  • Gym supplies for a Winter Olympics event, coordinated by CWRU volunteers, held at Collinwood High School for local youth to promote health awareness and obesity prevention in the community.
  • Fencing materials for a community garden created in partnership with a Cleveland neighborhood as part of a CWRU senior capstone project.