Public Good Fund for Faculty

The University of Denver's vision is to be "a great private university dedicated to the public good." As a means to achieving this vision, the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL) oversees an annual fund of $100,000 to promote and increase community-engaged research and creative work that involves faculty and community. 

What is Community-Engaged Scholarship?

At DU, community-engaged scholarship:

  • Addresses public problems;
  • Emphasizes the co-production of knowledge in the context of reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships with community stakeholders;
  • Values critical approaches that strive for equity and inclusion;
  • Demonstrates strong collaboration with community partners in all stages of the research or creative work process, from proposal and project development to implementation and dissemination.
  • Includes dissemination to multiple audiences (e.g., traditional academic audiences, community audiences).

CCESL defines community broadly to include university-community partnerships with nonprofits, grassroots organizations, government agencies or entrepreneurs/businesses.

The 2022-2023 Public Good Fund application is now open

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Funding Types and Amounts

  • Public Good Grants

    Grants up to $15,000 are available for projects that will result in measurable public impact through community-engaged research or creative work that is conducted in the context of mutually-beneficial and reciprocal community partnership. Please note that the Public Good Fund Review Committee welcomes proposals with smaller budgets, particularly in cases where faculty are new to community-engaged research or working with relatively new community partners.

  • Public Good BRIDGE Grants

    Grants up to $20,000 are available for well-established projects where bridge funding is needed to sustain an ongoing project as faculty pursue external funding for long-term sustainability. The BRIDGE grants recognize that lapses in funding while seeking external, sustainable funding can threaten the stability and potential long-term impact of projects. Projects eligible for BRIDGE funding should, similar to Public Good Grants, demonstrate community-engaged research or creative work conducted in the context of mutually-beneficial and reciprocal community partnership.

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The 2022-2023 Public Good Fund application is now open

Learn more & Apply

Note: CCESL programs, including this one, undergo an antiracist, anti-oppression review at least annually. In 2020, the review process led to revision of the program description and application materials; changes in the composition of review committee to include 1-2 community members; the addition of training for grant reviewers as well as information sessions for potential applicants.