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 $1000 per recipient.
The grants give students the opportunity to:
- Strengthen interpersonal and professional relationships
- Build project management and grant writing skills
- Engage with communities that they identify with
- 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 communities that they identify with. 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 short-term or long-term involvement in community and/or civic engagement
- Be in collaboration with a Toronto-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 (i.e. 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 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:
- Fits the definition of community-engaged learning
- Meets a community-identified need and/or goal
- Is a co-created and mutually-beneficial for the community partner and the student(s)
- Creates a meaningful opportunity for learning and reflection for participants
- Prepares participants to engage respectfully with the community (e.g. training, orientation)
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. 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:
- Fundraising or charity events
- Alcohol or cannabis
- Capital expenses, i.e. computers or furniture
You can request 60 per cent of your approved funding before the project starts, based on the projected budget provided with your approved application. Approximately one week after the grant deadline(s), you will receive an email notifying you of the outcome of your application. Should your application be approved, a cheque will be produced and you will be emailed once the cheque is ready for pickup.
To receive the remaining 40 per cent, you must submit your Final Expense 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. A cheque will be produced and you will be emailed once the cheque is ready for pick up.
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:
- Contact Cherrie Kwok at email@example.com to set up an exit interview upon completion of the project.
- Submit the Final Report 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. This document also includes a Final Expense Report that outline the actual funds used, which must include all documentation of expenses being reimbursed by grant (itemized receipts, invoices, etc.) in order to receive the remaining funds. The final report may also include:
- A photo essay
- Program notes (i.e. curriculum, discussion questions, speaker’s notes, etc.)
- A completed survey evaluation
- An arts-based showcase of learning (Where you can present to students interested in applying for the next cycle.)
- Submit a Blog Post about your project (about 500 words).
- At least one member of your team should attend the Grant Showcase in late April (date TBA).
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:
- 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, 2nd Floor)
The CCP’s Co-Curricular Learning Coordinator can also help you in the grant application process. Contact Cherrie Kwok at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing Funding Applications Workshop
March 21, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Room 313, Koffler Student Services Centre (same building as the U of T Bookstore)
Learn more about the Community-Engaged Initiatives Grant and other funding opportunities on campus (e.g. Student Initiative Fund, Hart House Good Idea Fund, UTSU Funding). This session will provide an overview of funding opportunities available on campus, share best practices for writing applications and explore your ideas more in depth.
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.
Once a decision is made, all applicants will be notified of the status of their application.
Fall (October 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019):
- Total funds available: $6000
- Deadline for application: October 12, 2018
- Project can start and run anytime between October 1 to January 31
- Applicants will be notified by October 24, 2018
Winter (February 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019):
- Total funds available: $6000
- Deadline for application: January 25, 2019
- Project can start and run anytime between February 1 until May 31
- Applicants will be notified by February 6, 2019
Summer (June 1, 2019 – September 30, 2019):
- Total funds available: $3000
- Deadline for application: April 5, 2019
- Project can start and run anytime between June 1 until September 30
- Applicants will be notified by April 17, 2019
Previous Grant Recipients
Our Place Community of Hope - Exercise for Wellness (Fall 2018)
At Our Place Community of Hope, there is a lack of incentive for participants to exercise. To tackle this, we designed and implemented a sustainable incentive program that promotes different exercise activities that will occur biweekly.
Science Career Impact Project and Life Sciences Career Development Society (LSCDS) - Industry Team Case Study (Fall 2018)
Industry Team Case Study (ITCS) project, presented by Life Sciences Career Development Society in collaboration with Science Career Impact Project, provides an active-learning and professional skill-building experience by collaborating on a trainee-directed project under the guidance of an industry facilitator.
SFC x Sister Writes - Creative Writing Workshop (Fall 2018)
Since 2010, Sister Writes has presented over 300 free creative writing workshops facilitated by award winning women writers. It has published eight literary magazines and launched them at packed community events. The success of Sister Writes is based on the wisdom and power of the participants who hail from over 22 countries and represent an intersectionality of experiences. At Sister Writes, the goal is to facilitate the expression of women who might not otherwise have participated in arts. Our world is not always hospitable to the emerging voice, but at Sister Writes they are devoted to overcoming these barriers by supporting the artistic growth of women writers.
Trek for Teens Foundation - The Food Mission (Fall 2018)
The Food Mission is the brainchild of three University of Toronto students who saw the immense food wastage within institutions in Toronto and the potential these items have to provide for those in need. We approached Trek for Teens - a renowned and accredited charity that raises awareness for homeless youth in local communities like Toronto. We are now carrying out weekly food redistribution drives in affiliation with businesses that will supply perishables and non-perishables to youth shelters amongst the downtown core. Our aim is to reduce food waste within the city, promote sustainability, and create an understanding of youth homelessness.