In an effort to increase the number of courses being offered at Suffolk University with a service learning component and enhance the quality of service learning course projects, Service Learning Seed Grants are being offered to faculty to develop service learning courses.

Purpose of Seed Grants

Seed Grants for Service Learning Course Development will be awarded to support the creation of a new or improved service-learning course (or course with a service learning option), or further development of an existing service learning initiative. Grant applications can be submitted before or at the beginning of the semester in which the grant is to be used.

Size of Award

Individual awards range between $300 and $700. The number of grants awarded in any given granting cycle will be determined by the Grant Proposal Review Committee.

Funding Period

The seed grant period of performance is only the semester for which the grant was requested. Any balance of funds will not carry over to the next semester.

Seed Grant Deliverables

Successful applicants will be required to:
  • Complete a final report. Detailed description of information to include will be provided.
  • Submit copies of materials developed through this project, including syllabi, handouts, samples of student reflection projects, professional presentations, and published articles.
  • Participate in a round table discussion with other faculty engaged in service learning at Suffolk University toward the end of the fall semester. The goal is to build community among service learning faculty, create future collaborative projects, and share resources and experience around service learning.

Allowable Use of Funds

Seed Grant funds are to be used to support service learning course development. Funding may enable the purchase and preparation of course materials and other resources associated with service learning course development, and the actual carrying out of the course.

Due Date for Proposals

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis. Please consult the seed grant proposal guidelines [PDF] for details regarding proposal components and the proposal application. If you have any questions about this process, or about the proposal itself, please contact Carolina Garcia.