Course Development and Enrichment

Course Development and Enrichment

up to $4,000 for the development or enrichment of service-learning courses that incorporate projects that will build student civic responsibility, enhance student learning through community engagement, and build the capacity of community partners. 

A course development grant proposal should address the following areas:

Course Description

  • Course number, faculty/instructor contact.
  • What are the title, objectives, and content of the proposed credit-bearing undergraduate, graduate, or professional service-learning course?
  • What are the service activities to be performed by students? How does the service connect with the academic content of the course?
  • Attach the course syllabus (may be tentative).

Community Focus and Reciprocity

  • One convenient option is to utilize our ongoing partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Library. Please refer to the OSU-CML Service-Learning Template.
  • Describe the anticipated community benefit and impact of the service activities.

Preparation for service

  • What type of preparation for service will your students need, for example: cultural sensitivity and bias training, expectations for time and effort, any training provided by the partner organization, and other considerations?
  • How will the logistical details of the course be navigated – transportation, scheduling, communication, necessary supplies, etc.?


  • Describe structured assignments/activities to facilitate connection of the service activity with academic concepts and to encourage critical thinking.  You will work on developing these further in the Course Design Institute.


Provide a short description of a planned assessment strategy for this course. This strategy should include the following details:

  • How will you know if your course is successful? Include information about specific goals and metrics.
  • How are students, faculty, and/or  the community partner involved in the assessment? Do they supply data, or participate in instrumentation?
  • Future plans: How will data be used once it is compiled and analyzed? (for improvement, publications, etc.)
  • Any other supporting information, including previous research or academic theory that supports your evaluation question and assessment plans.


  • Describe plans for sustainability and departmental support for offering the service-learning course on a continuing basis.


All grant proposals must be accompanied by a completed budget as included in the Grant Application Form. Examples of permissible uses of grant funds include:

  • Compensation of faculty/student/staff time for course development
  • Purchase of equipment or supplies related to the service component
  • Support for the community partner (required)

Details and justification of the budget should be provided in a budget narrative containing the following:

  • An explanation of projected expenses and how they are related to the service component of the course.
  • Indication of financial and other resource support for the community partner. At least 10% must be allocated or set aside for direct support of the community partner. If possible, please provide specific budget items that the community partner has requested or approved.
  • Applicants may identify and list matching funds in this narrative, as well as reference potential funding and resources for continuation and growth of the project.

Please note that the Office of Service-Learning prioritizes funding for efforts that have the ability to continue beyond the initial grant period. Funding should contribute to the meaningful development of sustainable course components. Requests for repeating costs (such as mileage for students or food and supplies for annual events) will not be considered for this funding unless the budget narrative justifying these items is significantly compelling.

Other Documentation

  • Please provide information on your availability and any potential schedule conflicts during the required Course Design Institute scheduling time-frame (May and June 2021)

Ready to apply? See the Application Process page for instructions.