Morgridge Center awarded Baldwin Grant

The Morgridge Center for Public Service has been awarded an Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Mini-Grant to further community-campus engagement.

The $2,500 Baldwin Mini-Grant will be used to enhance the Wisconsin Idea Exchange, an online interactive database designed to help community groups and UW-Madison faculty and staff find collaborative community-based learning and research projects and partners.

Assistant Director for Community Based Learning Beth Tryon and Community Based Learning Graduate Fellow Haley Madden submitted the successful proposal and will lead the project.

The Wisconsin Idea Exchange was launched in late 2014 and is available for use by anyone. Currently, the database allows users to search for campus-community partnerships by filtering specific UW-Madison faculty or staff members, community partner organizations or issue categories.

Baldwin Mini-Grant funds will be used to profile successful projects and partnerships, highlight testimonials from individuals and groups with successful partnerships, increase usability and ensure that the database is regularly updated.

Mini-Grants are chosen from competitive proposal submissions that build on expertise and past experiences developed at UW-Madison where modest additional support will help further develop a promising idea or practice.

Baldwin Grants award over $700,000 annually to support the development of new and innovative projects, or new dimensions to existing translational outreach, community-based research and public engagement activities by UW-Madison faculty, staff and students.

2015 marks the first year of the Mini-Grant pilot program.