Course Development Grants for community-engaged teaching

Spring 2023 Call for Applications - Deadline April 28

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 support of these goals, the Office of Academic Outreach and the Mellon Race, Place, and Equity Program invite faculty members engaged in place-based and community-engaged work to apply for a $4,000 Course Development Grant. The grant will support development and first delivery of a course that will feature a significant amount of engagement between the faculty member, students, and a community-based partner (or partners). 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.

Please note: The Mellon Race, Place, and Equity Program also offers grants to support faculty wishing to augment an already existing community-engaged course. Faculty may apply for an initial $2,000 award as well as support for two additional iterations of the course at the same funding level. These $2,000 Course Enrichment Grants are available on an ongoing basis. See details here.

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.

Faculty will be encouraged to join a vibrant Community Engaged/Service Learning community, with monthly gatherings and trainings available. If faculty are new to community-engaged teaching, they will be asked to attend a one-day faculty training session led by the Center for Teaching Excellence's CE/SL Faculty Fellow. The workshop will provide opportunities for faculty to learn about best practices for building and sustaining mutually beneficial relationships with outside partners.

Submitting an application for development of a community-engaged course
Please submit your proposal via InfoReady by midnight, Friday, April 28.
Applications 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, please contact Race, Place, and Equity Program Director, Catherine Walden (