Minigrants

Service-Learning Minigrants
Download the complete Application Guidelines (pdf).
Consider these ideas for projects: City Needs (pdf).

Purpose
Minigrants are available to educational faculty in Chanute, Kansas for class projects that incorporate service-learning into an existing course. Service learning is a teaching/learning methodology, meant to be used as a teaching tool, not as an add-on course.

Eligibility
Minigrants are available on a competitive basis to all Chanute educational institutions.

Funding
A total of $2,000 is available in 2013. Due to limited funding, only one award per class or faculty member will be made. Allowable expenses for minigrant funds include, but are not limited to: instructional books, materials and supplies, communication, and travel. Faculty stipends, student incentives, recognition banquets, and t-shirts are not eligible expenses. Please call the City Finance Director to confirm the eligibility of an expense that is not listed. The amount of funding faculty may receive is dependent upon the number of previous minigrants awarded for that particular course. This is a reimbursement grant.

Number of Previous Minigrant Awards for a Course
Maximum Grant Award
0
$750
1
$500
2
$250

Guidelines for the Service-learning Project
  1. Projects must meet a critical, community need within the City of Chanute.
  2. Projects must be time-limited and focused.
  3. All projects must incorporate the four elements of the service-learning model:
    • Preparation. The competencies/goals to be achieved must be stated. The student has a valuable role in identifying community needs and planning/preparing for the project, which contributes to both learning and community service work.
    • Experience. The service experience must involve the interaction between the student and a real life problem.
    • Reflection. The student will analyze and draw lessons from his/her experience.
    • Assessment. The student will assess the results of the competencies/goals, which were stated during the preparation process.
  4. A final report of activities is due no later than 30 days after the end of the semester.
Spring 2013 Deadline: January 31, 2013
Fall 2013 Deadline: September 4, 2013