Service Course Support Funds

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Each academic year, the Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement has a limited amount of funds to support Service related expenses in designated courses (supplies, printing, transportation, etc.). Funding for Service Learning courses may be approved up to $25/student and up to $10/student for Service Engagement courses. In recognition of economies of scale, large classes (over 20 students) should justify use of the full $25/student and small classes (under 20 students)are welcome to justify requests up to $500 per course.

Funds may be awarded to selected instructors through reimbursement (only if approval is granted before purchases are made), or as a "cash advance." In either case, instructors will be required to reconcile all expenses with appropriate receipts tracking use of the funds.   

The Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement will target response to submitted applications within 14 days, though processing of funds will take additional time and is beyond our control. Please apply at least 30 days before your anticipated project! 

The Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement asks all Service Instructors to:

  • Encourage participation in assessment of Service Learning for students, community partners, and yourself. 
  • Advertise and advocate for volunteerism, civic/community engagement, and/or service-learning on and/or off campus 

Eligibility Factors:

  • Availability of funds
  • Designated Service course
  • Overt connection to the Strategic Plan
  • Not for travel courses (SARSStudent Travel Support (STS) awards apply here)
  • University policy concerning use of funds
    • Expenses NOT covered include
      • Food for non-students
      • Gifts & give-aways for non-students 

Ranking Factors

  • Diverse distribution of funds across
    • Learning & Engagement designations
    • Instructional units
    • Semesters
  • Proposed use for funds
  • Potential for impact in the community
  • Potential for impact on campus beyond the course
  • Ratio of $/Service student
  • Quality of Application

NOTE:
Per University policy, payment may not be provided retroactively, so please allow at least 30 days between your request and anticipated use of funds. 

ALSO NOTE:
All Service Support Funds are offered on a one-time basis. Funding applications for recurring courses must be submitted for each instance, 

Please email servicelearning@uscupstate.edu with any questions.

 

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Each academic year, the Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement has a limited amount of funds to support Service related expenses in designated courses (supplies, printing, transportation, etc.). Funding for Service Learning courses may be approved up to $25/student and up to $10/student for Service Engagement courses. In recognition of economies of scale, large classes (over 20 students) should justify use of the full $25/student and small classes (under 20 students) are welcome to justify requests up to $500 per course.