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Community Engagement Mini-Grants

Brinson Honors College Student Board of Directors
Community Engagement
Mini-Grant Guidelines
2019-2020

 The Brinson Honors College Student Board of Directors is offering this mini-grant program to support Brinson Honors College student involvement in community engagement and service learning. The proposal deadline rolls from September 5, 2019 through January 31, 2020.

Mini-grant recipients are strongly encouraged to present their project at the Research and Scholarship Celebration (Undergraduate Expo) March 25, 2020. Registration (includes abstract) is due January 31, 2020. Mini-grant recipients are required to present their project to the Student Board of Directors no later than the last day of classes during the Spring semester.  

STEP 1:  Start by forming your team! Proposals must come from teams of students. A team must be 2 to 6 students. Your team must include a majority of Brinson Honors College students but may include non-Brinson Honors College students. Still, team size cannot exceed 6 students.

STEP 2:  Next, approach a community partner. You may want to select one that you researched already. Learn about the community partner’s needs. Be mindful of their schedules, their time and how you can best serve them. Find out what skills you might gain while meeting their needs.

STEP 3:   Then, create your proposal. Elements of the proposal should include:

  1. Each group member's name and contact information (email & phone number); Identify the lead group member to contact to notify of funding status,
  2. The name, location and contact information of your community partner (spell out acronyms please),
  3. The mission of the community partner,
  4. A statement from you that confirms you have contacted the community partner and that the partner is okay with project implementation at their organization,
  5. A project name or title,
  6. The GOAL(S) of your project for yourself AND the organization Note: The goals should be stated in terms of what you will learn, achieve, or accomplish. 
  7. An overview/description of your project. What activities will you perform?
  8. A list of resources you will need to complete the project and how you plan to acquire the resources. Note that mini-grants will typically be in the range of $100 - $300 but no maximum has been set.
  9. An itemized budget that explains your funding needs. Note that mini-grants will typically be in the range of $100 - $300 but no maximum has been set. Budget requests should be sufficient to cover your needs, but not excessive. Budget requests should be sufficient to cover your needs, but not excessive. Provide an itemized budget that explains your funding needs.
  10. A project timeline. Be specific. Include specific dates if possible and the duration of the project. This timeline should work for both you and your community partners.

STEP 4:  Share your proposal with your community partner. Modify as needed.

STEP 5:  Submit your proposal! You can submit your proposal by emailing it to honors@wcu.edu with the subject line Mini-grant proposal.

If you email it, look for an email confirmation that it was received. If you do not get a confirmation within 24 hours, contact the Brinson Honors College Office. ONLY ONE PERSON on the team needs to submit the proposal, on behalf of the whole team.

Your proposal will be reviewed by a committee of students from The Brinson Honors College Student Board of Directors and faculty and staff from The Brinson Honors College.

Funding notifications will be sent via email to the lead group contact. Group members that are funded must attend a brief orientation meeting to learn how to access the funding prior to beginning the project. Student teams will also be asked to write a brief report about their project and turn in to the Brinson Honors College no later than April 24, 2020.

Projects that are funded through the mini-grant program are encouraged to present their work at a special showcase at the Research and Scholarship Celebration (Undergraduate EXPO) March 25, 2020. First-year Brinson Honors College students who present will be considered for a community service award, sponsored by the Brinson Honors College Student Board of Directors’ Community Service Committee.

RESOURCES & TIPS
See your Brinson Honors College Advisor for assistance.

PROPOSAL TIPS
Statement of the project’s goals must be written in terms of student learning goals (what you will learn, achieve, or accomplish); and goals for the organization.

Examples:
At the end of the experience, student goals are to be able to:
1) Describe the inner-workings of a non-profit organization.
2) Appraise relevant information to include in an employment manual.
Organization Goal:
3) Our group will create an employee manual for the Good Stuff, Inc. non-profit organization. The manual will include organization policies and procedures, employment class and compensation, performance evaluation protocols, employee benefits, rules of conduct and grievance procedures.

Budget Example:

ITEM VENDOR UNIT PRICE TOTAL

Georgia-Pacific Standard Multipurpose Paper,
8.5" x 11",
750 Sheets

Wal-Mart

1 @ $5.47 + tax

$6.00

The timeline should indicate the duration of the project (start and end) as well as the specific dates of activity or schedule of activities.

Examples:
The project will start on January 22 and end February 26, 2019. We estimate 4 hours of work every other weekend during this time period. We will be working with the partner organization once a week for 4 weeks.

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