Development grants for community-engaged courses

Note: the application cycle will open again in spring 2023. In the meantime, the CFP for spring 2022 is below.


Call for Proposals 2022

UVA has been awarded a three-year, $5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build equity-minded, place-based educational and post-doctoral programs. In an effort to support these goals, the Office of Academic Outreach is making funds available to support community-engaged courses. Faculty members are encouraged to apply for funding to support courses that deploy place-based and community-based learning. $4,000 will be awarded for the development and first delivery of a community-engaged course. Faculty can reapply two further times to support that same course within five years of the first offering; the second and third iterations of the course will be awarded $2,000 each. Faculty wishing to augment an existing community-engaged course may apply for an initial $2,000 award as well as support for two additional iterations of the course at the same funding level.

Faculty applying for funding should have an established relationship with a community partner and include evidence of that relationship as part of their application. They also should describe the expected impact of that partnership on the student experience.

If faculty are new to community-engaged teaching, they will be asked to attend the Summer Institute offered through the Center for Teaching Excellence May 23-26, 2022. The Summer Institute provides opportunities for faculty to learn about best practices, guided by community-engaged teaching experts. Faculty will be compensated for their time attending the Summer Institute.

Submitting a Proposal for Support of a Community-Engaged Course
Please submit your proposal via InfoReady by Monday, April 18 at 5:00 PM.
Proposals should include the following:
1. Title of the class and semester(s) it will be offered.
2. Description of the class including how community-engaged teaching is incorporated.
3. Statement from a community partner confirming their commitment to engage with the faculty member and students throughout the course.
4. A preliminary budget detailing how you intend to utilize funds for research, teaching, and support of your community partner.

For questions about applying, please contact Maria Lane ( in the Office of Academic Outreach. For questions about the Mellon Grant, please contact Program Director, Catherine Walden (