Course Development Grants


The Community-based Learning Course Development Grant program will offer a total of $20,000 this year to support the development of new community-based learning courses or the addition of a community-based component to existing courses to be taught in the Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 semesters.

Faculty or academic instructional staff can apply for up to $5,000 in funding per course. This grant can only be awarded once per course or course section.


The Course Development Grant program is intended to support courses that intentionally bring together a diverse group of UW-Madison students, particularly under-represented students, to engage in community-based learning with non-profit organizations. Community-based learning is a credit-bearing, high impact educational experience that integrates meaningful community service with guided reflection to enhance students’ understanding of course content as well as their sense of civic responsibility.

Proposals that address how the course will involve a diverse group of UW-Madison students to meet a community-identified need in one of the Morgridge Center’s priority areas: 1) Education, 2) Public Health, 3) Environment) are especially encouraged. This initiative is designed to support undergraduate and graduate level courses in all disciplines.

What can funding be used for?

  • Wages for an upper-level undergraduate or graduate student, including a TA or PA, to assist with course development and implementation. (Note: if funding is used to support a graduate PA, tuition remission will be waived for the semester.)
  • Community engagement initiatives
  • Supplies and other miscellaneous expenses directly related to course development and implementation

Application Deadline

  • Applications for courses to be taught in Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 must be submitted no later than Monday, March 27, 2017. Awards will be announced by the end of the spring 2017 semester.