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Application Process 

By January 31, 2024, complete the required application form, which asks for the following: 

  • Name and contact information
  • Project title 
  • Type of engagement advanced by the project: engaged learning, civic engagement, and/or community engagement
  • Description of project (500 words) and explanation of faculty’s relevant expertise (250 words)
  • Project timeline
  • Budget breakdown, with a maximum expenditure of $5,000
  • Other sources of funding for project 

Evaluation Criteria 

Mini-grant applications will be evaluated on the extent to which 

  • project promotes high-quality, high-impact engagement within one or more of the three engagement types 
  • faculty possess the relevant expertise to meet the project’s stated goals 
  • project’s description, budget and timeline are clear and feasible 
  • project involves undergraduate students, graduate students and/or community partners as applicable
  • project uses funds as start-up support for larger projects and/or state, regional, or national grants
  • project-funded materials are used more than once


  • Awarded funds cannot be used for faculty conference travel and/or professional memberships.
  • Priority will be given to faculty who have not received a mini-grant in the previous two years. 
  • Resubmission of a previous year’s unfunded proposal is acceptable. 
  • The Research & Scholarship Committee reserves the right to request more information during the review process.


  • Second-round pplications are due by January 31, 2024. 
  • Awardees will be announced soon thereafter. 
  • Projects must be implemented by June 30. 
  • A brief project summary report (250 words) is due by September 1 to the Faculty Senate Marshall, Melanie Shoffner (shoffnme@jmu.edu).


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