The University of Iowa

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 2019. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on the following days:

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

  • Fall Cycle: August 1, 2019
  • Spring Cycle: 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. Expenses incurred prior to the grant award announcement will not be covered by the grant award. A 50% cash match is required. Include secured and potential funding sources in the income section. 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.
  • A departmental letter of support (DEO or Dean/Associate Dean) is required, unless the applicant is a department head.

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 ( 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 of up to $1,500 each per cycle. The minimum award is $500.

Access to the grant application form here.