Social Concerns Community Impact Grants

OVERVIEW

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. Successful grant proposals will be collaborative among campus and community partners and advance academic community engagement with an aim toward social justice impact.

We highly encourage projects that align with our special interests for the 2019–20 academic year:

  • Economic equity/poverty/just wage
  • Educational equity
  • Criminal justice
  • Environmental justice

Connections to our 2019–20 Catholic social tradition theme, “Act Justly," addressing racism, are also prioritized. 

Community Impact Grant proposals are reviewed once in the fall and once in the spring. The spring 2020 application will be open from December 16, 2019 through February 10, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Proposals should be planned and submitted a full semester before 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-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 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
  • Connection to existing CSC 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

Applicants should contact Connie Snyder Mick, Ph.D. (cmick@nd.edu), 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 the three types of grants.

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December 2019

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Information Session: Spring 2020 Seminars
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 4:00pm
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Information Session: Spring 2020 Seminars
Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 4:00pm
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Application Open: Community-Impact Grants
Monday, December 16, 2019 (All day)

January 2020

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Information Session: Spring 2020 Seminars
Monday, January 13, 2020 - 4:00pm
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Information Session: Spring 2020 Seminars
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 4:00pm
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Information Session: SSLP 2020
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 5:00pm
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Information Session: Spring 2020 Seminars
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 4:00pm
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Information Session: SSLP 2020
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 5:00pm
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2020 Social Concerns Fair
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

February 2020

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Application Close: SSLP 2020
Saturday, February 1, 2020 (All day)
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Application Close: Community-Impact Grants
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 4:30pm

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