Service-Learning Course Development Grant

Service-Learning at Brock

Service-Learning Course Development Grant

Service-learning offers opportunities for faculty, staff and students to partner with community groups on and off-campus to enrich learning, share knowledge and resources (from the community and the university), and increase Brock’s curricular engagement in the Niagara Region. Service-learning typically has academic learning, civic learning and personal learning as its outcomes and is a component of Brock's current Strategic Mandate Agreement, which can be accessed here.


Purpose of the Service-Learning Course Development Grant

The Service-Learning Course Development Grants are an investment in pedagogical innovation that will enhance the academic experience of our students, establish and build strong partnerships in our community, and offer faculty members the opportunity to explore new approaches to teaching and learning.

The grants provide eligible faculty members at Brock University with one-time grants of $3,000.00 specifically to support:

·         incorporating service-learning pedagogy into the course curriculum of a brand new course;

·         incorporating service-learning pedagogy into a course that previously did not include a service-learning component

Note:  The Service-Learning Resource Centre (located in ST226) offers resources to assist in the achievement of the above objectives.

If the application for funds is to support a research assistant or student assistant, at Brock University the applicable student research assistant rate plus necessary add-ons can be found here:

Note: Standard Vacation Pay (4%), which the employee receives with each pay, will be added to the above rates plus additional government mandatory benefits costs (CPP, EI, Health Tax, WSIB) is charge to the budget account (approximately 10% on top of the rate of pay plus vacation pay). 



All full-time, tenured, probationary and limited term faculty are eligible to apply for a Service-Learning Development Grant.  The proposed project must clearly include a positive and reciprocal relationship between Brock faculty, students and either an internal or external community partner (including international partners). 


Use of Funds

The $3,000.00 grants may be used in various ways.  This may include hiring a service-learning support person or funding other needs associated with course development with the proviso that the grant be used to further service-learning in an academic course.  It is also important to note that Brock spending rules apply to the funds available through the Service-Learning Course Development Grants.

Deadline date:

The deadline for applications is Friday, December 5, 2014 at 12:00pm (noon) and the target date for the distribution of funds is set for January 2015. 


Successful Applicants:

A written report describing the project must be submitted to the Service Learning Resource Centre within one month of completing the project.  Those who receive funding will automatically be added to the service-learning e-mail list and may be asked to present on their service-learning experience as part of a service-learning event.  We may also feature grant recipients in the Brock News notifying the campus of successful service-learning grant recipients and the details of their work.  We ask that grant recipients also give credit to the Service-Learning Resource Centre for the support at any public events, or in written reports/publications related to the grant project.



Please click here to access the grant application.

Inquiries may be directed to the Service-Learning Resource Centre at or Ext.  4126. 


Spring & Winter 2013 Grant Recipients:

We are happy to announce the recipients of the 2013 Service-Learning Incentive Grants, which are given to support faculty and staff incorporating a service-learning approach into course curriculum, and for faculty members currently using service-learning as part of their course to review, assess, and enhance service-learning/reflection activities so as to make closer links with their course content and outcomes.  The 2013 grant recipients are:

Joe Barrett and Jane Moore - Teacher Education:
Facilitating Elementary Student Learning Experiences with Brain Based Education

Jeff Boggs - Geography:
Background Research to Support Service-Learning on Niagara's Changing Economic Geography

Marian Bredin and Penni Lefleur - Communication, Popular Culture and Film:
Social Media Facilitation by CPCF Interns

Chris Fullerton - Geography:
A Tourism Development Strategy for the Township of South Algonquin

Madelyn Law - Community Health Science:
Partnering with Community Organizations to Enhance Health System Quality

Debra McLaughlan - Teacher Education:
Theatre Education Partnerships with Professional Theatre Companies

Victoria Steele and Gillian Kemp - Goodman Graduate Programs:
Introduction to Non-profits and Volunteerism for International Students

Dawn Trussell - Recreation and Leisure Studies:
Expanded Critical Reflection Opportunities through New Seminars

Kamini Jaipal Jamani - Teacher Education:
An International Practicum for Teacher Candidates in Cape Town

Paula Gardner - Health Sciences:
Through Their Eyes” – An intergenerational project to examine the age-friendliness of the Niagara Region

Dawn Zinga - Child and Youth Studies:
Enhancing Reflective Practice in Service-Learning Through On-line Delivery