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Community Engagement Mini Grants

$500 Mini Grants available!

The Civic Engagement Program provides two $500 mini grants per year to fund student led and initiated community based projects.  Applications are accepted throughout the academic year until two awards have been made.  However, the initiative must be completed before the end of the academic year.  Students or groups that are awarded the mini grant are also asked to present their project at the Student Impact and Innovation Showcase event. 

Please explore the sections below to get more information.

Civic Engagement Program (CE)
Community Engagement Mini-Grants


What is a grant?

A grant is money awarded to an organization for the purpose of completing a proposed project or program. Grants generally support the funder’s own philanthropic or community mission.  For example, the Animal Assistance Foundation administers a grants program that enhace the five freedoms of companion animals in Colorado. 

The CE is providing grants to fund projects that support its mission to connect MSU Denver and Denver metropolitan communities through service and provide professional development opportunities for students. 

Who can receive the grant?

Individual students in good academic standing, a group of students, or a student organization.

How much will the grants be for, and how many will you award? 

Two grants up to $500 are available each academic year.

Are there mini-grant deadlines?

Applications are accepted anytime during the academic year until two awards have been made.  All mini-grant applications must be submitted one month prior to the start of the project to allow enough time for the review process. Projects must be completed prior to the end of the academic year.

Who decides which grants will be funded?

The grant awarding committee will consist of the CE Program Manager and two other members of the Applied Learning Center staff.

What if I can’t finish my whole project by the end of the academic year?

The CE supports the development of long-term projects, and will gladly accept proposals for any phase of a project. We ask that applicants provide an overview of the project as a whole, but provide as much detail as possible for the phase they will accomplish using the current year’s CE Mini-Grant.

How do I put together the budget section of the proposal?

Below is a general example of what we are looking for. Your budget may be different, depending on other factors specific to your program/project.

Sample Project Budget

Projected Revenue


Student Organization Contribution


Major Department Contribution


Individual Donation


Community Engagement Mini-Grant


Total Revenue



Projected Expenses


Supplies and Printing


Space rental




Total Expense



In-Kind Donations


Snacks and water donated by Target


Total In-Kind Donations



This application is really overwhelming, and I’ve never done anything like this before. (Ok, it’s not really a question, but that’s how I feel right now.) 

That’s why we’re here!  You can set up an appointment with the Civic Engagement Program Manager by calling (303) 615-1331 or email The application seems long, but it’s a modified version of the Colorado Common Grant Application (CGA). The CGA is used by a large number of grantmakers in Colorado. Our intention is to give you grant writing experience, and make sure you have enough material to easily adapt and use for other grant applications.

Where can I find sample grants, so I have a better idea of what I’m supposed to do?

For examples of grants and other grant writing resources check out Colorado Grants ( and Non-profit Guides (  You can also utilize the Writing Center on campus to proofread your proposal and provide feedback. This office is located in the King Center, Room 415 and their phone number is 303.556.6070.  

So let’s say I’m awarded a grant—now what?

You will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the CE. The MOU will outline the conditions of the grant (timeline, reporting, how exactly money can be spent, etc.). The CE must pay for project expenses directly.

Once the project is complete you will provide a final report telling us how the funds were spent, what you accomplished, and any other project related information such as a blog, video, article, or pictures.

Civic Engagement Program

Community Engagement Mini-Grant Timeline


1. Submit mini grant application

The Mini Grant Application must be submitted at least 1 month prior to your event or when you will first need the funding. You can submit your application by emailing the Civic Engagement Program Manager at or delivering it to the Applied Learning Center in Administration 325.

2. Revise the application if necessary

Once your application has been submitted, the Civic Engagement Program Manager will review it and provide any feedback via email within 1 week.  Promptly reply with any necessary changes to your application and resubmit it for final review.

3. Schedule a review meeting

Once the application is approved, you will need to schedule a time to meet with the Civic Engagement Program Manager to go over any last minute details and sign the Mini Grant Memorandum of Understanding . Detailed payment information will be discussed during this meeting.

4. Complete your project

Complete your project as outlined in the approved application.  Collect documentation and evidence of your project impact.

5.  Final report and meeting

After completing your Mini Grant Final Report , schedule a meeting with the Civic Engagement Program Manager to review the mini grant process and final impact of your project.  The final report and meeting are mandatory in order to be considered for future funding.

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