Call for Proposals: Community Engaged  Learning Grants, Fall 2022 

We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis, while funds last, through Monday, May 23, 2022.

Reviews begin on Monday, May 16, 2022  

The CFDE is pleased to announce the availability of the Community Engaged Learning grants under the direction of Director of Engaged Learning, Vialla Hartfield-Méndez. Anyone currently teaching at Emory is eligible, including graduate students, adjunct faculty, visiting faculty, lecturers, or tenure track faculty. Please note that Vialla Hartfield-Méndez is available for teaching consultations to assist instructors with community engaged pedagogy, re-think community engaged pedagogy during pandemic conditions, or for general questions.

Additionally, on Thursday, March 31, at 4:00pm, the CFDE will host an online information session on writing community engaged learning grant proposals and best practices for crafting community engaged learning experiences. Registration details will be announced on Tuesday, March 22, and are available here.

Grants may be used to support activities related to well-structured community-engaged experiences in courses or academic programs. Proposals should address how community engaged pedagogy is leveraged to assist organizations with addressing critical community needs in the metro Atlanta area. Such organizations might include neighborhood groups, nonprofit organizations, public agencies or other similar organizations. Proposals may also be submitted for projects that are in the early stages of community partnership development (especially those that include students in the partnership development work) and/or learning experiences for students that prepare them to better engage with community partners.

Funding Guidelines

Community Engaged Learning Grants cover amount up to $1500and are intended to support both new or ongoing opportunities for instructors to incorporate community engaged learnin into their courses or programs. In some cases, grants may be made to support ongoing or existing community engaged learning activities, particularly when those activities grow to involve more students, new partners or communities, or new strategies.

Specific Items Funds May Cover

Grant funds may be used to cover reasonable costs associated with the project, such as

  • Stipends for community participants in focus groups or for completing surveys; stipends for community partners who engage with students in person or virtually to develop or complete the project.
  • Printed materials, project supplies, printing, and the like, as well as certain costs of online publication or materials; these can support activities done by community members in their own spaces during pandemic conditions.
  • When reasonable and appropriate, grant funds may be used to support graduate assistants for teaching.
  • These funds may also be used in certain circumstances to fund other student work (especially for undergraduates), in cases in which no academic credit is involved, but that are explicitly linked to learning experiences.
  • Honoraria for guest speakers from community-based organizations for either online or in person courses. Guest speakers are welcome to participate virtually for in person courses.


What Funds May Not Cover

Computer equipment and other information technology devices and software generally are not approved expenses. Grant funds may NOT be used to pay Emory students for work conducted as part of a course and for which they will receive academic credit. Funds also may not be used to cover salary or consulting fees for faculty or other instructors.

To Apply

Application Form

Helpful websites for consultation regarding best practices for community-based learning and research include


Applicants must either have their own Smartkey account or be connected to a department with a Smartkey account.

Applicants must also participate in assessment of the program, which may include online evaluations or focus groups.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Dr. Vialla Hartfield-Méndez, Director of Engaged Learning, by email ( or by phone at 727-6392.


Money will be transferred at the beginning of the new semester, upon approval of the grant proposal (After September 1, 2022).

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