Social Concerns Community Impact Grants

The Spring 2022 application period is now closed.

All co-sponsorship requests should be directed to JP Shortall (, 574-631-3209), Director of Communications and Advancement at the Center for Social Concerns.

The Center for Social Concerns seeks to advance its mission by awarding Community Impact Grants to Notre Dame faculty, students, staff, and community partners for community-engaged research, teaching, and learning that enact the values of Catholic social tradition. Individuals from around the university have applied scholarship to communities near and far, investigating topics such as ethical journalism, the economics of immigration, HPV vaccination, and sustainable housing. Watch the video below to hear about a project supported by the center's Community Impact Grants.

In 2019, Notre Dame faculty member Heidi Beidinger-Burnett, Ph.D., was awarded a Community Impact Grant through the Center for Social Concerns to better understand the impact of lead poisoning in and around the South Bend community. The project included the distribution of lead sampling kits across St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties, providing important and affordable testing for many families.

Additional Stories

Additional community engagement stories are available on the center's YouTube channel. Listen here as Grant Mudge, Ryan Producing Artistic Director of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, talks about launching a Shakespeare program at DePaul Academy in South Bend utilizing a CIG. 

watch here


Please read the current University, local, national, and Center for Social Concerns guidelines. Proposals must adhere to these guidelines and policies regarding safety and best practices.

Successful grant proposals show collaboration among campus and community partners and advance academic community engagement with an aim toward social justice impact. If you are interested in co-sponsorship for an event, please contact JP Shortall (, 574-631-3209), Director of Communications and Advancement at the Center for Social Concerns for more information.

We highly encourage projects that align with our special interests for the 2021–22 academic year, all of which can address issues related to or impacted by the coronavirus as well:

  • Economic equity/poverty/just wage
  • Racial justice
  • Environmental justice
  • Public health (especially mental health , homelessness, and adverse childhood experiences)

Connections to our 2021–22 Catholic social tradition theme, "Dignity" are also prioritized. 

Community Impact Grant proposals are typically reviewed once in the fall and once in the spring. Proposals should be planned and submitted the semester prior to the project start date. Applicants may request grants up to $15,000. 

Guidelines and details

1.  Eligibility. Applicants must include at least one of the following in the lead position: a current regular Notre Dame faculty member (including postdocs), a current Notre Dame graduate or undergraduate student, a current Notre Dame staff member, or a current Community-Engaged Learning Coordinator. Additional partners in the proposal must be named but do not need this status.

2.  Mission. The proposed activities and outcomes should align with the mission, strategic plan, and learning goals of the Center for Social Concerns. Prior to submission, center faculty and staff can advise applicants on project development and approaches to enacting Catholic social teaching through community engagement.

3.  Impact. Applicants should include an evaluation plan measured through a method that aligns with the proposal. Center faculty can advise on methods.

4.  Communication. The center should be acknowledged in all communication about work resulting from this grant consistent with communications guidelines detailed in award letter.

5.  Timeline. Applicants will be notified of their status within four weeks after the deadline for submissions that semester (not from the time of submission). Grant funding will be transferred per the offer outlined in the award letter and must be used within one year of the award unless stipulated otherwise.

6.  Review. The Center for Social Concerns Community Impact Grants Committee members will review all proposals submitted by the deadline for fall or spring. Given a fixed pool of resources for the year, the Grants Committee will review proposals with the following in mind:

  • Alignment with Center for Social Concerns mission
  • Feasibility to achieve desired community impact and to be measured for success by the methods proposed
  • Connection to or leveraging of other grant-supported initiatives or clear intentions of doing so
  • Capacity of the center to offer the requested support, financial and human
  • Connection to enduring and annual themes and priorities
  • Connection to existing center programs

  • Potential of academic content, including related publications, to advance the academic mission of the CSC as an academic institute
  • Sustainability of project or initiative for long-term outcomes
  • Attention to diversity and inclusion
  • Actions taken to secure meaningful participation of community partners in design, delivery, and assessment of proposed work 
  • Indication of intention and ability to carefully steward limited resources

7. Reporting. At the conclusion of your project, we ask that you please fill out and submit the Completion Report form. You may upload your own final reporting documents into this form as well. 

How to apply

Applicants should contact Connie Snyder Mick, Ph.D. ( or Dave Lassen, Ph.D. (, ideally not less than two weeks before submitting a proposal to discuss details. You will be connected with Center for Social Concerns faculty and staff who can provide further consultation. Faculty who submit particularly robust proposals might be invited to become a Center for Social Concerns Faculty Fellow

*The application cannot be saved and must be completed in one sitting. Please review the types of documents and responses required of the grant you intend to apply for before starting your application. Application questions can be found on the sidebar to the left within each type of grant.

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