Supporting Engagement & Authentic Dialogues

2023–2024 Request for Proposals

Essential Program Information

  • Program Overview: This funding opportunity supports a wide variety of episodic to semester-long place-based community engagement experiences that foster authentic community-campus partnerships, as well as furthering student and community civic development and collaborative growth.
  • Project Examples: Episodic place-based projects such as Welcome Week Days of Service. Short-term, ongoing activities such as mentoring programs, neighborhood literacy programs, or voter engagement programs. Training workshops designed to build the knowledge, skills, and abilities of participants on essential community engagement topics. Training and advocacy initiatives focused on addressing localized systemic community concerns.
  • Funding Award: $2,500
  • Who Should Apply: Faculty, professional staff, senior administrators, graduate students, and undergraduate students*
    *Undergraduate student applicants require a faculty, campus professional staff, or a graduate student to serve as the co-primary investigator in an administrative support role.
    Proposal Deadlines: March 18, June 1, & October 1, 2024
  • Program Period: PI Determined—Typically three to twelve months, beginning seven weeks after the application deadline.
    Information Available: More information is available on the SEAD Grant webpage.

Program Details and Goals

The Community-Engaged Alliance Supporting Engagement & Authentic Dialogues Program supports a wide range of community engagement experiences from episodic place-based projects to short-term on-going co-curricular community engagement activities, and training and advocacy initiatives addressing systemic community issues. Projects should be designed in such a way that participants can develop a deeper understanding of civic learning and democratic engagement and develop into civic-minded professionals. Additionally, projects should seek to further the development of high-quality community-campus partnerships.

Program goals:

  1. Implement place-based experiences designed to support and develop of college students into the next generation of civic leaders and community-minded professionals.
  2. Increase the number of reciprocal community-campus partnerships.
  3. Strengthen student learning as it relates to supporting a culture of community engagement within the institution.

Recipients will have the opportunity to engage in a one-on-one consultation session with Community-Engaged Alliance staff during the development and/or implementation of the project.

Project Funding

  • The maximum grant funding for this program is $2,500.
  • Grant funds will be distributed 30 days following a fully executed Funding Agreement. Refer to Grant Terms and Conditions for additional information on grant fund usage.

Application Timeline, Institutional Routing, and Submission Process

  • Submission Dates: Proposals deadlines are March 18, June 1, & October 1, 2024.
  • Application Notification: Applicants are notified of the funding decisions three weeks from the proposal submission date.
  • Project Duration: Projects can begin seven weeks following each proposal submission date. Typical projects are three to twelve months in duration as determined by the Primary Investigator(s).

Institutional Internal Routing
Applicants are responsible for ensuring their proposal has been routed through, and approved by, their granting offices (e.g., sponsored program, contracts & grants, or other similar offices) in accordance with their university's policies for obtaining external funding prior to submission to Community-Engaged Alliance. Any application not approved, or properly routed may not be funded.



Direct question to Mark Pike, Director of Programming and Strategic Initiatives at


Funding Source

Funding for this program is supported by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to Community-Engaged Alliance.


Submission Process, Required Information, & Optional Information

Submission System

Proposals are to be submitted via the Community-Engaged Alliance GivePulse page.

Required Information

Project overview

  • Project Title
  • Project Start Date—must be at least seven weeks after the submission deadline
  • Project End Date—approximately 6 to 12 months from the start date
  • Requested Amount—monetary figure requested to conduct the project
  • Executive Summary

Investigator Information—required for the Primary Investigator and any Co-Investigators:

  • Full name
  • Academic Institution or Community Organization
  • Professional Title
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number

Fiscal Officer*

  • Full Name
  • Professional Title
  • Email Address
  • Phone number

*The Fiscal Manager refers to the individual who is a designated financial signatory for the campus. The Fiscal Officer will fulfill the financial reporting requirements and manage all financial aspects of the grant.

Needs Statement

  • What problem or issue is the project intended to address?
  • How was the problem or issue identified?
  • What do you believe to be true about the identified problem or issue?

Project Description & Activities

  • What are the core activities of this project?
  • How do these activities represent high-impact practices?
  • How will each of these activities contribute to the ultimate goal of the project?
  • What are the underlying reasons for the way this project was designed?
  • Are there community partners?
  • Describe the nature of your relationship with the community partner.
  • Who else is considered participants and what role do these participants play?
  • What potential risks and challenges does the project face?
  • Have you identified strategies to mitigate these risks?

Goals, Anticipated Outcomes, & Evaluation

  • In the simplest terms possible, explain what you hope to achieve with this project.
  • How will achieving your goal(s) represent progress toward the identified problem or issue?
  • What quantifiable or observable outputs will your core activities produce?
  • How will progress be assessed?
  • What data will be collected and how will it be analyzed?

Dissemination Plan

  • How do you plan to share the knowledge you gained or created through this project?
  • Do you plan to publish your research results? If so, where?
  • Do you plan to present at a conference? If so, what conference?
  • How will you communicate the findings of your project to the most relevant and broad audiences?

Timeline of Activities

  • Chronologically detail the project plan, month-by-month, and include when funds will be spent.

Sustainability Plan

  • How do you plan to generate the financial support, institutional support, and community engagement needed to sustain the project?
  • How does the design of this project encourage reciprocity for students, faculty, community partners, and other stakeholders?

Budget Request & Reporting Form

Optional Information

Letters of Support

  • Letters of support can be submitted from a senior administrator, community partner, or other relevant stakeholders.


  • If you use quotations, refer to prior research, or make mention of your previous work in your submission, please provide a reference list in a standard format (e.g., APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)


The Primary Investigator will digitally sign the grant portal submission form. The Fiscal Manager and Primary Investigator will sign the Fiscal Request Form prior to it being uploaded.

Your signature will represent, to the best of your knowledge, that the information you provided is true and correct and that you have agreed to the Grant Terms and Conditions  It signifies that the application has been routed through and approved by your institution’s granting offices in accordance with your institution’s policies for receiving grant funds. It confirms that you have provided all the required information and documents, and that failure to provide complete information may result in denial of funding. In addition, you agree to Community Engaged Alliance policies including: Terms of Use Agreement, Privacy Policy and Public Non-Discrimination Notice.

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