The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement invites proposals for the development of Co-Curricular Civic Engagement Grants. The goal of the Goldfarb Center is offering these funds to support opportunities for academic departments to develop programming that engages students in activities related to the academic discipline outside of traditional coursework, and which meets a community-defined need.

Funding: Grants may be for up to up to $1,000. As we will only fund four per year early submission is encouraged. The program intentionally provides maximum flexibility; expenses may include costs of materials, promotional expenses, costs for refreshments, or taxi vouchers for student travel.

Proposals: Applicants should submit a proposal that clearly lays out the following information:

● project goals and objectives

● the proposed civic engagement project

● the likely community partner and faculty sponsor

● a proposed budget with itemization of projected expenses and rationale


Projects must meet the following guidelines:

Civic Engagement projects include a service component in which students engage the community in a valuable, significant, and necessary activity that has real benefits for the communities involved. Civic engagement projects are not developed in a vacuum but are shaped to respond to the self-identified needs of such communities. The needs of the community dictate the type of civic engagement in which the students are involved, and the community need must be clearly stated and a letter of support from the community partner must support the project. Projects must demonstrate:


● significant involvement of community partners in planning the proposal and implementing the project

● significant involvement of students in planning the proposal and implementing the project

● a strong connection between the project and the academic pursuits of the faculty and students involved

● likelihood that the proposal will result in an ongoing project that results in an ongoing relationship between the Colby department and students involved and the community partner, with continuing contribution to the goals of the community partner


Preference will be given to departments which have not offered civic engagement courses. New and innovative programs/projects will receive preference, and Colby students must play a role in the design and/or the implementation of the program.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit all materials electronically to Proposals will be evaluated by the Center’s Grants Review Committee, which will make a recommendation to the Goldfarb Center Director. Note:  We expect that any civic engagement courses resulting from this grant will be identified as such in the course catalogue. Recipients are required to submit to Amanda Kitchen, the Goldfarb Center Associate Director, a brief report following completion of the project summarizing the experience. A detailed report of all expenses paid for by the grant money (including copies of receipts organized by date) must be submitted. In addition, we will ask for a brief, 300 +/- word article for the Goldfarb Center newsletter about the project. Failure to do so will preclude future grants. Reports are due 10 days after the completion of the funded activity. One year of renewal funding is available with evidence of future departmental support of the project.

Further Information: contact Alice Elliott, Goldfarb Center Associate Director of Community Outreach and Programming. Resources available include: individual coaching, research on courses at like institutions, sample syllabi, readings and more. You can reach Alice at x5313 or via email at