Neighborhood Partnership Grant - Ryves/ Riverscape

Who is Eligible to Apply for Grants?

Regular and temporary faculty are eligible to apply. Temporary faculty must hold a faculty appointment during the entire grant project period.

Purpose of Grants

Grants may be used to:

  • Design and implement an experiential learning course or professional experience, with preference to those initiatives that will become self-sustaining beyond the initial funding period;
  • Develop experiential learning and community engagement as a regular part of academic content and expectations for students across departmental curricula;
  • Develop and implement plans in support of departmental coherence for engagement in scholarly and public service activities;
  • Extend or enhance an experiential learning course or professional experience.

Grants funded through the Ryves Neighborhood Partnership program must meet one of the criteria listed above AND include a community partner located in the Ryves Neighborhood, which encompasses the area from Chestnut Street to the south to 8th Avenue to the north, and from 13th Street to the west to 25th Street to the east. Project activities funded through the Ryves Neighborhood Partnership that aim to improve the quality of life of residents in the neighborhood will have highest priority.

Grants funded through the Riverscape program must meet one of the criteria listed above AND include a service, research, or other experiential learning component directly linked to the Wabash River and/or its ecosystem, including the Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife area. Faculty are encouraged to submit grants that focus on the Wabash River from a variety of perspectives, including ecological, cultural, historical, economical, and social. Our aim is to engage students and faculty from a wide range of disciplines in this program.


Awards ranging from $200 to $3,000 are available to assist individual faculty and staff in development of single or multiple course proposals or experiences. Applicants may participate in as many proposed projects as desired but may serve as principle investigator (PI) on only one proposal per funding period. If there are multiple submissions from one department, the department chair may be asked to prioritize them. Grant proposals should specifically address one or more of the following aspects of Indiana State University’s engagement mission and commitment to experiential learning:

  • Service-learning;
  • Applied research that addresses public needs;
  • Community-based research that addresses issues defined in collaboration with community partners;
  • Curricular and co-curricular change to embed active learning strategies such as problem-based learning;
  • Undergraduate and graduate student involvement in scholarship;
  • The scholarship of engagement.

Use of Funds

Funds may be used to:

  • Support student involvement in meaningful research and/or creative activities with a faculty member.
  • Support department members for professional development and acquisition of teaching materials related to experiential learning and/or community engagement;
  • Prepare curricular materials;Provide training and technical assistance, including disciplinary-focused speakers and workshops on experiential learning and community engagement.

NOTE: Travel to professional meetings will not be funded through these grant programs.

The Center for Community Engagement is particularly interested in funding projects that provide student support to participate in learning experiences and community engagement.

Proposal Submission

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Project Management

The maximum funding available per project is $3000, summer stipends cannot exceed $2000. The applicant(s) must demonstrate that all salary and wages requested are necessary and directly related to project activities. Applicants must include deductions for FICA (7.65%) for all faculty, staff and student hires in their budget totals.

Money awarded may not be spent on items/services prohibited by state law (e.g., gifts for project participants, etc.).

All ISU supported projects are administered in accordance with established University fiscal procedures and research policies. These include all travel regulations, policies relating to the protection of human subjects, and policies related to intellectual property rights. Equipment and computer software purchased through faculty development money become the property of the University, earmarked for the individual's use while at the institution during the time the project continues.


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Final Report

A final report describing the project outcomes and detailing the number of students involved and their level of participation/benefit must be submitted to the Center for Community Engagement at the conclusion of the project. All publications and presentations based upon the funded project must acknowledge the assistance of the Indiana State University Center for Community Engagement.

Contact Info

Center for Community Engagement

Indiana State University
Tirey Hall 134
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809

Phone: 812-237-2335
Fax: (812) 237-2525

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