The CCP Community-Engaged Initiatives (CEI) Grants are financial awards ranging up to $1000. They are designed to ignite and strengthen student and community partnerships in the City of Toronto. The grants encourage innovative community-engaged projects in partnership with community organizations. They provide an opportunity for students to develop interpersonal and professional relationships, build project and volunteer management skills, and engage with communities that they identify with.
We’re looking for projects that:
- occur in collaboration with a Toronto-based community partner (nonprofit or public sector organization)
- support community-identified goals, needs and initiatives
- encourage short-term or long-term involvement in the community and/or civic engagement
- engage students and community members beyond the planning committee
- align with the definition of community-engaged learning
We use these criteria:
- project takes place in partnership with a community, or a grassroots, nonprofit or public organization
- project responds to community-defined priorities
- the relationship is reciprocal, so that both the community partner and the students benefit from the engagement
- students undertake reflection to connect their community engagement to the learning outcomes of the initiative
We support you:
- prepare you to engage respectfully with the community (e.g. training, orientation)
- include meaningful opportunities for you to reflect on, discuss, and learn from their experience
- include opportunities for you to create or strengthen reciprocal partnerships with community partners
All undergraduate, graduate students and campus groups from the St. George campus are welcome to apply.
Successful applications will have access to grant funds, educational programming surrounding program development, and one-on-one support. This could include logistical support, project implementation, project management and event planning.
If you are not applying for a grant but are interested in getting involved with the CEI grant, you may apply to be a member of the grant review committee. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How The Program Works
Applications are peer-reviewed by the Community-Engaged Initiatives Grant Committee (six students, one student staff, and two staff members).
Members of the CEI Grant committee may contact applicants with supplemental questions after reviewing the initial application.
Mandatory requirements and important dates
January 31: Winter application deadline
February 7: Applicants notified of result
February 12, 5 – 6:30 p.m.: “What’s Next?” Workshop for Winter recipients. This is mandatory, at least one member of your team must attend.
May 1: Grant Recipients Reflection
Mid-June: Midpoint check-in with a CCP staff member
June 30: All funding must be used. The project does not have to finish by this date.
July 6: The following materials must be submitted to email@example.com by the July 6 deadline.
- final expense report
- documentation of expenses being reimbursed by the grant (itemized receipts, invoices, etc.)
- blog post (about 500 words)
Community Partner Letter of Support
All grant applications must be accompanied by a Community Partner Letter of Support (DOCX).
The community partner letter of support:
- shows your community partner’s commitment to the project
- demonstrates genuine collaboration, i.e. lets the centre know why and how the community partner will be involved
- demonstrates that your community partner recognizes the priority that the project identifies
- should relate to the activities in the application
- should be from your community partner i.e. the partner identified on the application
- should be clear and concise
What if my application is not approved?
There are limited funds available and not all proposals are approved. It’s also possible that your proposal did not align with the goals of the program. Please firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about your application.
Applications are currently closed.
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This project was a great opportunity for medical students to interact with refugees and learn from them, so that they can better serve the diverse population as future physicians. They gained cross-cultural communication skills and learned about some of the challenges that refugees face.