Application Process

Application Process

To apply for a service-learning grant, you must submit a complete proposal and S-L Course Grant Application Form. Please review the Application form for full instructions on the application process. A few notes:

  1. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF document. Please do not submit documents via campus mail, or submit multiple files attached to one email. If you do not follow submission guidelines, your proposal will not be evaluated.
  2. Contact Sue Wolford at the Columbus Metropolitan Library if utilizing the OSU-CML TemplatePlease conduct a preliminary discussion with Sue about your course and CML’s Homework Help Centers.  She can be reached at 614-849-1055 or swolford@colmbuslibrary.org.
  3. Check out the Grants Tip Sheet.  The Grants Tip Sheet covers important information you need to be successful in our grants program.
  4. Use the checklist on the Application Form to ensure that you are providing all requested documentation.  Incomplete proposals will not be accepted, so please ensure that you provide everything as requested.
  5. Read the extended descriptions of the sections on the Application Form. These descriptions are available at the Course Development and Enrichment link.
  6. Contact the Office of Service-Learning for technical support and feedback. The Office Service-Learning is here to provide any needed support through your grant application process. We would be happy to discuss your proposal with you and provide feedback. We can also help with technical details, such as the budget or submission process. If you need assistance or have questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Proposals are due to slearning@osu.edu by 5:00pm on Friday, March 31, 2017.  Late proposals will not be accepted.

Grant Proposal FAQs

Below are some questions we’ve received about the grants program. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please let us know at slearning@osu.edu.

Q. My course doesn’t have a course number/name/syllabus yet. Can I still apply?

A. Yes. We realize that if you are in the process of developing a course, you may not have completed these steps. While we would prefer to have these things to evaluate your proposal, if you cannot provide them, just be sure to include any information that we could use to evaluate your course content. If you are not sure what to provide, contact the Office of Service-Learning for technical support.

Q. I am already signed up to attend a Course Development Institute in the near future. Do I still need to attend the service-learning one?

A. Yes. The course development institute for our grantees will have material that is specific to service-learning course development and assessment. Please be aware that we will use an RSVP tool to schedule around time conflicts, and we will make every effort to work with you to ensure that you are able to attend. If there is no possible way you could attend a CDI at any point in May or June 2017, please do not apply. Otherwise, please apply and let us know about possible schedule conflicts along with your proposal.

Q. Can I apply for more than one grant per course?

A. No. Our funding limits are designed to ensure that we can provide meaningful funding and support to as many courses as possible. No course may receive more than $4,000 per funding cycle. We encourage you to seek matching funds and other available resources to leverage this amount if necessary.

Q. What if I want to work with a partner other than the Columbus Metropolitan Library?

A. Our current grant offering is for any service-learning courses, whether they will be utilizing the OSU-CML Service Learning Template or working independently with another community partner.  Please note that funding priority will be given to existing partnerships, so you should begin collaborating with your intended community partner prior to applying for this grant.

Technical Support

Please call 614-247-4439 or e-mail slearning@osu.edu if you have further questions, need assistance with the application process, or would like technical assistance regarding service-learning and civic engagement, identifying community partners or projects requested by the community.