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Course Development Grants

The Community-based Learning Course Development Grant Program is intended to support courses that bring together a diverse group of UW–Madison students to engage in Community-based Learning with non-profit or community organizations. Community-based Learning is a credit-bearing, high-impact educational experience that integrates meaningful community engagement, both direct engagement as well as project-based work, with guided reflection to enhance students’ understanding of course content and sense of civic responsibility.

Proposals that address how the course will involve a diverse group of UW–Madison students to meet a community-identified priority are especially encouraged. Extra consideration will be given to proposals addressing the recommendations of the Civic Action Plan, especially #9: “Support innovative models of community-based learning and student engagement that create sustained partnerships and sustained student engagement that complement the common/typical one semester course (university-centered) time frame.” Extra consideration will be given to proposals that address any/all of the following:

1. Health disparities

2. Community requests for COVID-related response

3. Racial justice

This initiative is designed to support undergraduate and graduate-level courses in all disciplines.

  • 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 staff and initiatives
  • Supplies and other miscellaneous expenses directly related to course development and implementation

We are currently not accepting applications at this time.

Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Scholarship Haley Madden: hmadden@wisc.edu

Proposals are now being accepted for the Community-based Learning Course Development Grant program 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 summer 2021, fall 2021, spring 2022, or summer 2022 semesters. Recipients will be notified in early spring 2020 semester.

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.