Community-Engaged Initiatives Grant
The CCP Community-Engaged Initiatives Grants support the development of innovative community service, community-engaged learning and/or civic engagement projects in partnership with organizations in the City of Toronto up to a maximum of $1,000 per recipient.
The grants give students the opportunity to:
- Strengthen interpersonal and professional relationships
- Build project management and grant writing skills
- Engage with the communities of which they are proud and part of
- Collaborate with a Toronto-based community partner
If you have an idea for a community-engaged learning project, we invite you to apply for a $1000 Community-Engaged Initiatives Grant! All grant applications are now open. Prior grants have supported Storying Together, The League of Lady Wrestlers, Musical Minds and an Eye clinic for Syrian refugees.
About the Grants
The CCP Community-Engaged Initiatives Grants are financial awards ranging up to $1000, the total pool is $15,000. They are designed to ignite and strengthen student and community partnerships in the City of Toronto. The Grants encourage the development of innovative community service, community-engaged learning and/or civic engagement projects in partnership with community organizations. The grant program is an excellent opportunity for students to develop interpersonal and professional relationships, build project and volunteer management skills, explore identity, beliefs, values and engage with the communities of which they are proud and part of. This opportunity is for students that have already been involved or have a pre-existing relationship with a community organization.
Applications for the Community-Engaged Initiatives Grants is open to individuals or campus club hoping to develop or expand community partnerships, community-engaged learning opportunities, and/or civic engagement activities. Project proposals should:
- Encourage long-term involvement in community and/or civic engagement amongst UofT students
- Be in collaboration with a Toronto or Peel based community partner
- Focus on the goals of a community partner and the learning of University of Toronto students
- Be innovative and be for a new initiative
- Provide resources that would make the project possible (ie. The project could not operate without the funds)
Students (full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate) and campus groups from the St. George campus groups are welcome to apply.
Collaboration between campus groups is also encouraged. Student or group applicants will have discussed their idea with the community partner before submitting their proposal to CCP, since all submissions must be submitted jointly by the student/campus group and community partner.
How It Works
Qualifying projects must be community-engaged, this includes but is not limited to:
- Volunteer activities and projects that meet the goals of a community
- Opportunities for students to reflect on and discuss their experience
- Opportunities for student leaders to create or strengthen reciprocal partnerships with community partners
- Potential to engage students and community members beyond the planning committee
- Proposal must be submitted in collaboration with your community partner (an agency lead)
Applications are peer-reviewed by the Community-Engaged Initiatives Grant Committee (consisting of six students, one student staff, and two staff members).
The sub-committee considers four key factors:
- The project is created based on a community-identified need
- The extent of collaboration between the student(s) and the community partner
- The plausibility for executing the project (e.g. training, reflection, evaluation)
- The likelihood of achieving the stated outcomes
They will also determine if the project:
- encourages long-term community involvement and/or civic engagement for students
- includes collaboration with a Toronto or Peel-based community partner
- is informed by the goals of a community partner and student-focused learning
- encompasses innovative or new initiatives
- provides adequate resources for the project
Once a decision has been made, all applicants will be notified of the status of their application.
What if my application is not approved?
There are limited funds available and not all proposals are approved. It’s also possible that your proposal did not align with the goals of the program. Please contact Cherrie Kwok at the CCP with any questions about your application and we do encourage you to apply again next year!
Funding is for new or expanded initiatives and is not intended to be a replacement of previous funds.
The maximum amount of funding for a project is $1000. Applicants are eligible for funding once per calendar year. All grants are intended to support Campus-Community Partnerships that benefit BOTH students and the community. Proposals must demonstrate this.
Expenses and costs the grant will fund:
- Craft supplies
- Kitchen supplies or ingredients for programming
- Snacks or meals for participants
- Promotional materials and other printing costs
- Venue or equipment rentals
- Event decorations
- Transit fare
Expenses and costs the grant will not fund:
- Expenses from past events
- Fundraising or charity events
- alcohol or cannabis
- Capital expenses i.e. computers or furniture
You can request up to 60 per cent of your approved funding before the project starts, based on the projected budget provided with your approved application. If you use this “seed funding” before the project starts, you may request the release of additional funds, provided that you include an interim expense report with your request.
To receive all of your allotted funds, you must submit your Post-Initiative Report within one month of your project conclusion. This report will outline the actual funds used, and must include all documentation of expenses being reimbursed by grant (receipts, invoices, etc.). After the post-initiative expense report is received, the balance of funds will be released. This will take a minimum of 35 days.
It is very important that you keep complete records of where and how funds are spent. This demonstrates that the allocated funds are being properly used towards the community project. Any changes to your budget should be approved prior to spending funds on non-approved items.
Grant recipients are expected to:
- Work collaboratively with a community partner or agency
- Be informed of and meet the requirements of the community partners’ expectations around Vulnerable Sector Screenings and other agency protocol
- Meet with a CCP student staff member when funding is approved
- Meet with a CCP staff member upon completion of the initiative
- Submit an up-to-date expense report for ALL funds spent with itemized receipts to the CCP for review and reimbursement. After the expense report is received, the balance of funds will be released. This will take a minimum of 35 days. IMPORTANT: Failure to submit a complete post-initiative will result in the project applicant being personally responsible for the project costs
- Submit a final report in person or electronically to Cherrie Kwok at firstname.lastname@example.org. within one month of your project’s conclusion. The report should summarize the work and outcomes of the initiative and be reviewed by the community partner before it is submitted. The final report may also include:
- A photo essay
- Program notes (i.e. curriculum, discussion questions, speaker’s notes, etc.)
- A blog post (to be published on the CCP website)
- A completed survey evaluation
- An arts-based showcase of learning (Where you can present to students interested in applying for the next cycle.)
You are encouraged to meet with CCP student staff to get support with project development, communicating with community partners, promotions and the follow-up process.
Attend an Information Session
Interested in learning more about the grants or getting support? Register for the Community-Engaged Initiatives Grants Information Session
Dates and Times:
- October 2, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- January 8, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- March 12, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Multi-Purpose Room, Multi-Faith Centre (569 Spadina Avenue, Second Floor)
The CCP’s Co-Curricular Learning Coordinator can also help you in the grant application process. Contact Cherrie Kwok at email@example.com.
Funding schedule and deadlines:
All grant applications are now open and can be found on the Grants application page.
Funds will be allocated in three terms: fall, winter and summer. In your application, be sure to identify which funding term you’re applying for. Your initiative should take place in the season identified in your application.
Fall (October 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019):
- Total funds available: $6,000
- Deadline for application: October 12, 2018
- Project can start and run anytime between October 1 to January 31
Winter (February 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019):
- Total funds available: $6,000
- Deadline for application: January 25, 2019
- Project can start and run anytime between February 1 until May 31
Summer (June 1, 2019 – September 30, 2019):
- Total funds available: $3,000
- Deadline for application: April 5, 2019
- Project can start and run anytime between June 1 until September 30