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. Over three years, an additional pool of funds have been available to help ongoing projects continue as they bridge to external funding.

Engagement 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.

2021-2022 Application

Review and access the 2021-2022 Public Good Fund RFP here.

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.