Social Concerns Community Impact Grants


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 (CERTL) that enact the values of Catholic social tradition, especially human dignity, solidarity with marginalized people, and the common good. Successful grant proposals will be collaborative among campus and community partners and advance academic and community engagement with an aim toward social justice impact.

The Center for Social Concerns encourages proposals that align with our enduring commitment to research in three areas: 1) Social Justice and Catholic Social Tradition, 2) Poverty and Community Development, and 3) Engagement in Higher Education. We highly encourage projects that align with our special interests this year: the Puerto Rico Initiatives and the Educational Ecosystem work in our local region. Connections to our annual Catholic social tradition theme, "Moving Margins: Living the Option for the Poor," are also prioritized. The Community Impact Grants application identifies several specific pathways within three broad categories of academic community engagement: Community-Engaged Research, Community-Engaged Teaching, and Community-Engaged Learning. Proposals that cross two or more of these paths for creative, connected, robust, sustainable efforts will be stronger in the review process. 

Community Impact Grant proposals are reviewed once in the fall and once in the spring. The fall deadline is November 2, 2018. The spring deadline is TBA. Applicants may request grants up to $15,000. For more information on the three Community Impact Grants categories, click on the links in the sidebar. Applicants should contact Connie Snyder Mick, 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.


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-Based 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 the 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, strategic plan, and learning goals
  • 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
  • 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
*The application cannot be saved and returned to later, it must be completed in one sitting. We encourage you to understand the types of documents required of the grant you intend to apply for before starting your application. 

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November 2018

Lecture by Willam Galston
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 12:30pm
Higgins Alumni Network Lecture
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

December 2018

Information Session: Spring 2019 Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 4:00pm
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Information Session: Spring 2019 Social Concerns Seminars
Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 4:00pm

January 2019

Information Session: Spring 2019 Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:00pm

March 2019

Pre-Conference Workshop: Restorative Justice on Catholic Campuses
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:30pm to 4:00pm
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:30am to 9:30pm
2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

April 2019

Been & Seen Series
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

June 2019

Community Engagement Faculty Institute
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, June 6, 2019 (All day)