Partnerships in Service Learning Grant

Funding to strengthen and deepen relationships with community partners

Purpose: These grants will provide financial support to SF State faculty and staff members, in collaboration with community organizations, who are initiating or deepening relationships to support high-quality service-learning courses. Must result in an implemented project with anticipated completion date included in the proposal. Two types of funding categories available:  1) New Partnership Funding OR 2) Established Partnership Funding.

Eligibility: Faculty who are currently teaching, have taught, or will be teaching an official SF State community service-learning (CSL) course. Already designated courses are eligible. The grants are also available to staff members involved in the administration of CSL courses, service-learning related course components, or service learning initiatives.

  • Note:  Applicants should focus on one category or the other but cannot submit for both.

  • New Partnership Funding is available to CSL instructors who have a specific plan for working with organizations to co-develop a new service-learning project, or to expand an existing CSL class to include a new service site or service project. Funds can be used for community partner honorarium (funds will be paid directly to the organization, not the individual).

  • Established Partnership Funding is available to CSL instructors who have already established a service-learning partnership and would like to expand or deepen their relationship to include scholarship or other high-level collaborative activities. Funds may be used for community partner honorarium.

Grant proposals will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Merit and feasibility of proposed project to establish or deepen a sustained service-learning partnership with one organization or agency in the community.

  • Evidence of mutual benefit and mutual contributions between the service-learning instructor and community partner. One letter of support from partner organization confirming both the need for the project/service activity and their interest in collaborating with the SF State applicant is required.

  • Description of the specific deliverables that will result from the project as well as anticipated impact on stakeholders.

  • Clarity and adequacy of budget.

  • Preference will be given to applicants who address one or all of the following:

             a.  offer service-learning opportunities to lower-division students; and/or

             b.  development of CSL remote experiences; and/or

             c.  increase CSL opportunities with Black-led organizations or organizations that service the Black  community.