Service-Learning Course Incentive Grant

Service-Learning at Brock

Service-Learning Course Incentive 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 Incentive Grants

The incentive grants provide eligible faculty and staff members at Brock University with one-time grants of up to $1,500.00, specifically to support:

a)      faculty and staff members in incorporating the service-learning approach into the course curriculum;

b)      faculty members currently using service-learning as part of their courses to review, assess, and enhance service-learning/reflection activities so as to make closer links with their course content and outcomes;

c)      faculty and staff members in building partnerships to enhance the effectiveness of service-learning in the associated course(s).

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


All full time, tenured, probationary and limited term faculty are eligible to apply for a Service-Learning Incentive Grant. The grants are also available to staff members involved in the administration of service-learning courses, for use in service-learning courses. Funding preference will be given to new courses that incorporate Service-Learning or to existing courses adding a new Service-Learning element to the course.  The proposed project must clearly include a positive and reciprocal relationship between Brock faculty, students and either an internal or external community partner.

Use of Funds

Funds may be used in various ways, with the proviso that the grant be used to further service-learning in a Brock course or program. It is also important to note that Brock spending rules apply to the funds available through the Service-Learning Course Incentive Grants.

While not limited to these types of activities, some ideas of activities that might be awarded funding include:

-- faculty could apply for a student assistant (related to course development or course support)

-- to potentially build new service-learning opportunities with community partners

-- expenses related to a SL opportunity e.g. transport or purchasing items needed for a SL course

-- funding for Service-Learning conferences (with a requirement to report back)-- would have to

   demonstrate how this relates to developing a SL course/ SL component of a course

-- cover fees to support an invited speaker on topics related to service-learning courses

Deadline date:

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 25, 2014 at 12:00pm (noon) and the target date for the distribution of funds is set for early May 2014.

Successful Applicants:

A written report must also be handed in within one month of completing the project.Those who receive funding will automatically be added to the service-learning e-mail list and will be scheduled to present at a Service-Learning Brown Bag Lunch Session within the next year.

Please click here to access the grant application.

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


Additional grant opportunity:

State Farm Service-Learning Grant

The Youth Advisory Board will be funding service-learning projects between $25,000 and $100,000 that address the root cause of the following issue areas:

  • Access to Higher Education/Closing the Achievement Gap
  • Financial Literacy (and Economic Inclusion)
  • Community Safety and Natural Disaster Preparedness
  • Health & Wellness
  • Environmental Responsibility

While applications won’t be available until February 2014, plenty of helpful information on how to submit a grant application is available now on-line.  Educators and those coordinating service-learning in schools (public K-12, public charter, or higher education institutions) are eligible.  Non-profit organizations are also eligible (with certain limitations, as outlined within the grant details).





Spring 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