Purpose:The purpose of the Midwest Campus Compact STEM Consortium is to provide training and technical assistance to sub-grantees as they implement multi-institution service-learning projects to increase student engagement, participation, and persistence in STEM disciplines while helping to address local community concerns about food, its production, and its distribution; and about nutrition and related health issues. Funded service-learning projects will bring together multiple post-secondary institutions to collectively address local/regional food related issues such as, but not limited to, food security, sustainable agriculture, nutrition education, and childhood obesity/diabetes. Sub-grantees will gain expertise in designing, implementing, and assessing courses that use complex and compelling social issues to deliver STEM instruction building a cohort of experienced service-learning practitioners in each participating state.
The Midwest Campus Compact STEM Consortium will address the following major goals: 1) Students will be retained and will succeed in STEM courses and programs; 2) Students participating in the project’s service-learning courses will remain involved with their community partner after course completion; and 3) Communities engaged in service-learning partnerships with project students and faculty will show an improvement in indicators of food security and/or social determinants of healthy nutrition.
Funding provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service through the Learn and Serve America Program
Coordinated by the Midwest Campus Compact STEM Consortium (MCCSC) (comprised of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin Campus Compacts) with the University of Wisconsin Extension.
• $250,000 is available for grants supporting the integration of service-learning into college and university courses in the STEM disciplines that address local community concerns about food, its production, and its distribution and/or nutrition and related health issues.
Proposals may be submitted requesting $15,000-$25,000. At least 10 grants will be made for activities taking place during a nine-month period, from January 1 to December 31, 2011. Depending on performance and availability of continued federal funding, there is a possibility of renewal for one or two additional years.
• All grant proposals must be submitted by a collaboration consisting of at least one community-based organization or local education agency and at least two institutions of higher education that belong to Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, or Wisconsin Campus Compact. Either a community-based organization or a campus may serve as the fiscal agent. Generally, no more than one grant will be made to any one organization or campus through this program.
Materials and Submission Instructions:
A complete application consists of the elements described in the full RFP and the appendices, both of which can be downloaded here:
Questions for Kansas-based applicants should be directed to Matt Lindsey, Executive Director, Kansas Campus Compact, firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 532-6896.