University of Delaware

Application for PAC Faculty Small Grant Program


Calling for Proposals from Many Disciplines

The Community Engagement Initiative is dedicated to facilitating scholarly engagement that crosses the missions of teaching, research/creative activities and service. This small-grant program  provides faculty from across the university with funds to implement arts and humanities projects that are focused on societal issues in Delaware.

For example, projects could consider solutions to challenging health, education and social issues through arts and culture. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged but not required. The project may be classified as engaged research/creative activities, teaching, or service.

Projects may be curricular or co-curricular in nature. The project must include undergraduate and/or graduate students and may incorporate more than one discipline and a community partner.


Grants applications open on October 1, 2018.  The deadline is at 5:00 p.m. on November 5, 2018, with notification by December 3, 2018Projects should be completed by December 2019.



Up to $4,000.00 per project.

Use of Grant Funds

Funded proposals must establish a plan that fulfills both university and community interest. Funds may be used to support undergraduate or graduate project staff, consultant fees, community partners, data management, supplies, and other direct expenses. Funds may not support faculty salaries, or travel to meetings to present work. No indirect costs are permitted.

Application Requirements

Proposal Narrative

The proposal narrative should be uploaded as a PDF file and should include the following elements:

  1. Description of potential project
  2. Description of community partner(s)
  3. Strategies for creating a plan that fulfills both community and university/personal interests
  4. Strategies that will foster reciprocity and mutuality during the entire project
  5. Specific formative and summative assessments
  6. Forms of dissemination and strategies for sustainability of the completed project
  7. A detailed budget with projected itemized costs
  8. A timeline for the project with start and end dates


The proposal may not exceed 1,000 words. The text should be double-spaced and in a standard, readable font and font size.

Signature Page

The proposal must include this signed signature page.

Assessment Criteria

Proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:

Additional Grant Requirements

All investigators receiving funds must submit a final report to the Community Engagement Initiative at the end of the funded grant period.

Funds should be used within one year of receipt.

All recipients of the funds will be required to participate in a learning community that will meet on a regular basis (virtually or in person). The goals of the learning community include providing opportunities to share progress and gaining resources for successful knowledge building and project implementation.