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. Deadline to apply is March 6 at noon.Learn More & Apply
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.
Past Funded Work
View some of the past work supported by a Public Good Grant.
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.