Supporting Engagement & Authentic Dialogues

Developing relationships between the campus and community.

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SEAD Grant


The Supporting Engagement and Authentic Dialogues (SEAD) grant supports a wide range of community engagement experiences that encourage the development of authentic relationships between the campus and communityExperiences may be short-term, co-curricular, or curricular community engagement activitiestraining, or advocacy initiatives that foster student civic development through collaborative efforts. Projects focus on the place-based nature of the institution while addressing the concerns of the local community.

Contact us to learn more or to discuss grant ideas. Our partners get the benefit of our team's expertise in navigating the grant application process, every step of the way.

SEAD Grant

Applicant Qualifications

  • Faculty of any rank or discipline
  • Professional staff
  • Senior administrators
  • Graduate students from any discipline
  • Undergraduate students from any discipline
  • Community representatives of local, Indiana-based organizations

Undergraduate student applicants require a faculty, professional staff, or graduate student to serve as a primary investigator in an administrative support role.

Community representative applicants may serve as a co-primary investigator on a CEA grant proposal. The primary investigator must be a student or employee of a CEA partner institution, and any funds awarded will be distributed to the partner institution for further management and distribution. 

SEAD Grant


Proposals are accepted bimonthly on the 3rd Monday through September 2024. Upcoming deadlines include:

  • Monday, September 18, 2023
  • Monday, November 20, 2023
  • Monday, January 15, 2024
  • Monday, March 18, 2024
  • Monday, May 20, 2024
  • Monday, July 15, 2024
  • Monday, September 16, 2024

Applicants are notified of funding decisions 6 weeks following the proposal deadline.

Projects are typically 6 to 12 months beginning 7 weeks after the application deadline.

Funding Award

Please see the terms and conditions for full information.

Supporting Engagement & Authentic Dialogues

  • Project Period: 6-12 months
  • Required Institutional Match: $500
  • Faculty of any rank or discipline
  • Professional Staff
  • Graduate Students of any discipline
  • Undergraduate Students of any discipline
  • Community Representatives
  • Full Proposals due bimonthly on 3rd Monday
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Other Project Ideas

  • Place-based projects such as MLK Day of Service or Cesar Chaves Day of Service projects
  • Events that bring campus and community members together to discuss diverse topics with the goal of greater understanding 
  • Indiana-based plunge experiences (Fall or Spring Break trips) focused on localized concerns, such as addressing food insecurity in a region or assisting with local disaster relief efforts
  • Activities such as mentoring programs, neighborhood literacy programs, and voter education activities
  • Training workshops designed to build the knowledge, skills and abilities on essential community engagement topics
  • Training and advocacy initiatives focused on addressing systemic societal topics such as the systemic causes of poverty, housing insecurity, or environmental justice

Grant Application Submission

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