University of Iowa

Grants

Funding Engagement 

Grants are one of the many ways the Office of Outreach and Engagement supports the great community outreach and engagement work happening across campus. We understand effectively managing community outreach and engagement work comes at a higher cost, especially when it takes place outside Johnson County. We want to make sure it's possible for faculty and students to complete this important work. Our office is dedicated to providing financial resources for projects in early development phases that respond to a community need and involve students in real-world experiences. 
 

"The workshop already led to multiple collaborations across Iowa in all of which the UI and UIHC are well-represented as leaders and participants. As the co-chairs of this project, Armeda Wojciak and I would like to extend to you our heart-felt gratitude for your office’s trust on our team and appreciation of the importance of this work."

Resmiye Oral, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, College of Medicine

Grant Opportunities


Are you working to shape curricula by responding to community needs? Please look through our three grant options below. 
 

Grant Schedule

 

Applicants may only submit one (1) Office of Outreach and Engagement grant application per funding cycle.

Funding cycles reflect the period of time in which the grant-related work is to be completed. Since Theme Semester only takes place during the spring semester, there are two (2) application windows for the same funding cycle. You can only receive one (1) Theme Semester Supplemental Grant per Theme Semester.

Learn more about each grant opportunity by clicking on the links below:

Community Impact Grants

$10,000 maximum grant award; minimum amount $2,500.

The Provost’s Office of Outreach and Engagement provides Community Impact Grants to support projects and initiatives across campus that make a significant impact within communities in Iowa and support the engagement goal of the 2016-2021 University of Iowa Strategic Plan: "Engage with Iowa and the world to broaden education, improve health, and enhance economic development." This grant covers substantive projects that could include service-learning courses, community-based research and scholarship, or staff outreach. This grant is not intended to solely fund field trips, events, or lectures, although these can be components of a larger community engagement project.

Funding Cycles

The Office of Outreach & Engagement will accept applications during three funding cycles for fiscal year 2020. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on the following days:

  • Fall Cycle: June 3, 2019
  • Spring Cycle: October 1, 2019
  • Summer Cycle: February 3, 2020

Applicants must complete the online application form. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

What is the review process?

The Office of Outreach & Engagement has a Grant Review Committee that makes decisions on awarding funds and the level of funding. Partial funding may be awarded. If there is a conflict of interest, members will recuse themselves from the discussion and award decision. 

Decisions on funding will be announced on the following dates:

  • Fall Cycle: July 1, 2019
  • Spring Cycle: November 1, 2019
  • Summer Cycle: March 2, 2020

What is the selection criteria for awarding funds?

The Grant Review Committee will consider the following criteria when making its awards:

  • Significant community impact; project expands the university’s engagement goal in the 2016-2021 strategic plan.
  • Feasibility that the project will be completed within 11 months from the Award Announcement Date.
  • Potential to involve University of Iowa students within the project, either through community-engaged learning, independent study, or research.
  • Preference will be given to new projects or emerging programs.
  • Long-term sustainability of the project. Does the project provide opportunities for additional community engagement with community partners after this funded project is completed?
  • Ability to show supplemental funding from on-campus departments or other funding sources, although matching funds are not required.

NOTE: Travel outside of Iowa will not be funded.

What is required of the applicant?

  • The primary contact for the application must be a University of Iowa faculty, staff member, or graduate student.
  • All recipients must have a 240 funding account so that funding can be transferred. Any funds not utilized will be returned to the Office of Outreach & Engagement.
    • Fall Cycle: Funds must be spent by May 31, 2020
    • Spring Cycle: Funds must be spent by September 30, 2020
    • Summer Cycle: Funds must be spent by January 31, 2021
  • Grant applications must include the following information (to be submitted via online form):
    • Identification of the community or communities that are direct partners on the project. Please be specific and include the name of organizations and businesses, including city governments, non-profit agencies, or community groups.
    • A brief description of the proposed scope of work to be completed (500 words).
    • Timeline for key milestones in the project, including start and completion dates (does not need to be specific day; week or month is sufficient).
    • Goals for the project, measures of achievement, and potential impact that the project will have on community partners and campus partners (including faculty, students, and staff).
    • A plan to assess project outcomes and deliverables once the project is completed.
    • A project budget, including cost of materials, student participants (interns, research assistants), events, workshops, and source(s) of funding. The Community Impact Grant does not cover faculty and staff salaries or travel outside of Iowa. If supplemental funding has been secured or if there are outstanding requests for funding, please include them in the income section. Feel free to use the Filesample grant budget or use your own budget. Space is provided to explain your budget and to describe how the project will change if funding is not awarded.
    • A departmental letter (DEO or Dean/Associate Dean) supporting the project is required, unless the applicant is a department head.

If you receive a Community Impact Grant:

  • All publicity and advertising must acknowledge the Office of Outreach & Engagement. Logos will be provided to grant recipients.
  • Tag activities onto the Outreach Iowa university events calendar, if applicable.
  • Post to #OutreachIowa on social media.
  • If the project last longer than six (6) months, then the recipient must email the Office of Outreach & Engagement (outreach-engagement@uiowa.edu) a Midway Status Report including: details of work completed, expenditures to date, unexpected challenges, and plans for the remainder of the project. Note that this content may be published online or in print.
  • A Final Report detailing the impact of the work completed within the community must be emailed to the Office of Outreach & Engagement (outreach-engagement@uiowa.edu) within 30 days of project completion.  Note that this content may be published online or in print. The Final Report must be submitted prior to applying for another Community Impact Grant.

The Office of Outreach & Engagement anticipates awarding up to three (3) Community Impact Grants at a maximum of $10,000 each per application cycle.

The Community Impact Grant Spring Cycle is now open. To access the webform, click here.

Outreach & Engagement Micro Grants

$1,500 maximum grant award; minimum amount $500

The Provost’s Office of Outreach & Engagement provides Micro Grants to support outreach and engagement travel, events, and conference attendance that enhance the University’s community engagement. This grant is not intended to fund large community engagement projects. Please see the Community Impact Grant for substantial project funding requests.

Funding Cycles

The Office of Outreach & Engagement will accept applications during two funding cycles for fiscal year 2017. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on the following days:

  • Fall Cycle: July 1, 2019
  • Spring Cycle: December 1, 2019

Applicants must complete the online application form. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

What is the review process?

The Office of Outreach & Engagement has a Grant Review Committee that makes decisions on awarding funds and the level of funding. Partial funding may be awarded. If there is a conflict of interest, members will recuse themselves from the discussion and award decision. 

Decisions on funding will be announced on the following dates:

  • Fall Cycle: Monday, August 1, 2019
  • Spring Cycle: Monday, January 3, 2020

What is the selection criteria for awarding funds?

The Grant Review Committee will consider the following criteria when making its awards:

  • Connection to community engagement and the creation of mutually beneficial partnerships that are consistent with the role and mission of teaching, research, and service at the University of Iowa
  • Ability to show matching funds of at least 50% of the requested grant amount (for every $2 grant award, applicant must match $1), which may come from on-campus units or off-campus sources of funding. 

What kind of activities are funded?

  • Travel and project costs for community-engaged learning courses, community-based research, and staff outreach.
  • Travel and conference fees for community engagement conferences where scholarship on community engagement is presented. Only applicants who are presenting at a community engagement conference will be eligible for the grant.
  • Events and activities, including guest speakers and workshops, clearly associated with community engagement work.

What is required of the applicant?

  • Applicant must be a University of Iowa faculty, staff member, or graduate student.
  • All recipients must have a 240 funding account so that funds can be transferred. Any funds not utilized will be returned to Provost Office’s Office of Outreach & Engagement.
    • Fall Cycle: Funds must be spent by June 30, 2020
    • Spring Cycle: Funds must be spent by November 30, 2020
  • Grant applications must include the following information:
    • A description of the community engagement work, activity, or conference and how it is related to community engagement (approximately 500 words)
      • If seeking travel funding, please include:
        • Where the project takes places (community)
        • Community partners involved (city government, non-profit organization, community group, etc.)
        • Description of the outreach and engagement work that will occur and how it will impact the community as well as University participants.
      • If seeking funding for conferences, please include:
        • The name and description of the conference
        • An abstract of the presentation and scholarship
      • If seeking funding for events, please describe how the event is connected to community engagement and identify campus and community partners who will be involved.
    • A budget that indicates sources of funding and how funds will be expended. The Micro Grant does not cover faculty and staff salaries. A 50% cash match is required. Include secured and pending funding sources in the income section. Feel free to use the sample budget found Filehere or use your own budget format. Space is provided to explain your budget and to describe how the project will change if funding is not awarded.
    • A departmental letter of support (DEO or Dean/Associate Dean) is required.

If you receive a micro grant:

  • All publicity and advertising must acknowledge the Office of Outreach & Engagement. Logos will be provided to grant recipients.
  • Tag your activity onto the Outreach Iowa calendar, if applicable.
  • Post to #OutreachIowa on social media.
  • All applicants agree to have their presentation and scholarship highlighted on the Office of Outreach & Engagement website.
  • A report detailing the impact of the conference, activities, events, or projects on community engagement must be e-mailed to the Office of Outreach & Engagement (outreach-engagement@uiowa.edu) within 30 days of project completion. Note that this content may be published online or in print. The Final Report must be submitted prior to applying for another Micro Grant.

The Office of Outreach & Engagement anticipates awarding three (3) grants up to $1,500 per cycle. The minimum grant award is $500.

Theme Semester Supplemental Grants

$1,000 maximum grant award; minimum amount $250.

The Provost’s Office of Outreach & Engagement provides supplemental grants to the University of Iowa departments to support Theme Semester community outreach and engagement events, activities, research, or educational opportunities.

The 2020 Theme Semester, Flow Together.  There are currents around us that surround, bind us all together, and move us forward through time. The flow of water, air, and our own blood is fundamental to life. The flow of history teaches us. The flow state allows us to reach our mental peaks. By celebrating and exploring these aspects, we can being to understand the billions of human beings affected by our actions, and one change, one alter to the flow, can help secure a better future for all.

This theme semester will focus on three main elements: a celebration of the 100th year anniversary of the establishment of the IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering center, the rivers and waters within our state, and the idea of unification through our examination of how the flow connects us.

Funding Cycles

The Office of Outreach & Engagement will accept applications during two windows intended to support activities taking place during the spring Theme Semester 2019. Funding occurs between January 1 through June 1. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on the following days:

  • July 1, 2019
  • December 2, 2019

Applicants must complete the online application form. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

What is the review process?

The Office of Outreach & Engagement has a Grant Review Committee that makes decisions on awarding funds and the level of funding. Partial funding may be awarded. If there is a conflict of interest, members will recuse themselves from the discussion and award decision. 

Decisions on funding will be announced on the following dates:

  • August 1, 2019
  • January 3, 2020

What is the selection criteria for awarding funds?

The Grant Review Committee will consider the following criteria when making its awards:

  • Connection to the Theme Semester topic and Theme Semester goals.
  • Ability to enhance the University of Iowa's statewide impact and social embeddedness.
  • Capacity to prepare University of Iowa students to undertake the complex challenges facing urban and rural Iowans.
  • Feasibility that the project will be completed by June 1, 2020.
  • Long-term sustainability of the project. Does the project provide opportunities for additional community engagement with community partners after this funded project is completed?
  • Range, diversity, and involvement of campus and community partners, as well as matching funds available to enhance impact. Matching funds may come from on-campus units or off-campus sources of support.

What is required of the applicant?

  • Applicant must be a University of Iowa faculty, staff member, or student.
    • Undergraduate students must have a faculty, staff member, or graduate student co-applicant.
  • All recipients must have a 240 funding account so that funding can be transferred. Funds must be spent by June 1, 2019. Any funds not expended by this date will be returned to the Office of Outreach & Engagement.
  • Grant applications must include the following information:
    • Identification of the community or campus partners that are direct partners on the project. Please be specific and include the name of departments, organizations, and businesses, including city governments, non-profit agencies, or community groups.
    • A description of how the project connects to the Theme Semester topic, Theme Semester goals, and description of the proposed scope of work to be completed (approximately 1000 words).
    • Timeline for key milestones in the project, including start and completion dates (does not need to be specific day; week or month is sufficient).
    • Goals for the project, measures of achievement, and potential impact that the project will have on community and/or campus partners (including faculty, students, and staff).
    • A plan to assess project outcomes and deliverables once the project is completed.
    • A project budget, including cost of materials, student participants, events, workshops, and source(s) of funding. The Theme Semester Grant does not cover faculty and staff salaries or out-of-state travel. Feel free to use the Filesample grant budget or use your own budget format. Space is provided to explain your budget and to describe how the project will change if funding is not awarded.
      • Include specifically how much is being requested from the Theme Semester Supplemental Grant.
      • Include how much additional proposed sources of supplemental funding have you secured.
  • A departmental letter (DEO or Dean/Associate Dean) supporting the project is required, unless the applicant is a department head.

If you receive a Theme Semester Supplemental Grant:

  • All publicity and advertising must acknowledge the Theme Semester program. Logos will be provided to grant recipients.
  • Related activities must be tagged onto the Theme Semester university events calendar.
  • Grantee will be included on the Theme Semester website and social media.
  • Grantee's campus and community partners will be included on the Theme Semester website as collaborators.
  • Add your campus and community partners to the website as collaborators.
  • Postings will use #UItheme on social media.
  • A report detailing the impact of the work completed must be e-mailed to the Office of Outreach & Engagement (outreach-engagement@uiowa.edu) within 30 days of project completion.

The Office of Outreach & Engagement anticipates awarding five (5) grants each award cycle, up to the maximum grant award of $1000. The grant award minimum is $250.