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Community Engagement Mini Grants

$500 Mini Grants available!


The Civic Engagement Program provides two Mini Grants per year to the amount of $500 each in order to fund student led and initiated community based projects.  Applications are accepted throughout the year.  Please click on the links below to get more information about the grants and the application process as well as the grant application itself:

These grants are to fund projects that support the mission of the Civic Engagement Program to connect the MSU Denver and Denver communities through service and provide professional development opportunities for students.

Students or groups that are awarded the Mini Grant prior to April of each year are also asked to present their project at the Student Impact and Innovation Showcase event. 

2018 Civic Engagement mini grant application

Community Engagement Mini Grant Final Report Form (38 KB)

Civic Engagement Program (CE)
Community Engagement Mini-Grants


What is a grant?

A grant is money awarded by a funder to an organization for the purpose of completing a proposed project or program. These generally support the funder’s own philanthropic or community mission—for example, the Animal Assistance Foundation runs its Model State Grants program, which funds projects that support the Foundation's mission to make Colorado exemplary in animal welfare.

The CE is giving out grants to fund projects that support its mission to connect the MSU Denver and Denver communities through service and provide professional development opportunities for students. 

Who can receive the grant?

Individual students in good academic standing, a group of students, or a student group (as identified by Student Activities).

How much will the grants be for, and how many will you award? 

Each grant will not exceed $500 and this year two will be awarded.

Are there mini-grant deadlines?

All mini-grant applications should be submitted one month prior to the start of the project to allow enough time for the review process. Projects must be completed no later than May 15th so all year-end financial reports can be completed before the end of the University’s fiscal year.

Who decides which grants will be funded?

The grant awarding committee will consist of the CE Program Coordinator and two other members of the Applied Learning Center staff.

What if I can’t finish my whole project by May 15th?

The CE supports the development of long-term projects, and will gladly accept proposals for any phase of a project. We ask that applicants provide an overview of the project as a whole, but provide as much detail as possible for the phase they will accomplish using the current year’s CE Mini-Grant.

How do I put together the budget section of the proposal?

Below is a general example of what we are looking for. Your budget may be different, depending on other factors specific to your program/project.

Project ABC Budget

Projected Revenue


Student Organization Contribution


Major Department Contribution


Individual Donation


Community Engagement Mini-Grant


Total Revenue



Projected Expenses


Supplies and Printing


Space rental




Total Expense



In-Kind Donations


Snacks and water donated by Target


Total In-Kind Donations



This application is really overwhelming, and I’ve never done anything like this before. (Ok, it’s not really a question, but that’s how I feel right now.) 

That’s why we’re here!  You can set up an appointment with someone in the Civic Engagement Program by calling (303) 556-3290 or email — He would love to help you out! The application seems long, but it’s a modified version of the Colorado Common Grant Application (CGA). The CGA is used by a large number of grantmakers in Colorado. Our intention is to give you grant writing experience, and make sure you have enough material to easily adapt and use for other grant applications.

Where can I find sample grants, so I have a better idea of what I’m supposed to do?

For examples of grants and other grant writing resources check out Colorado Grants ( and Non-profit Guides (  You can also utilize the Writing Center on campus to proofread your proposal and provide feedback. This office is located in the King Center, Room 415 and their phone number is 303.556.6070.  

So let’s say I’m awarded a grant—now what?

The CE will pay for project expenses directly. This is the easiest way for us to handle purchases and make sure we are adhering to the University’s fiscal policies. You will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the CE. The MOU will outline the conditions of the grant (timeline, reporting, how exactly money can be spent, etc.). Once the project is complete you will provide a final report telling us how the funds were spent, what you accomplished, and any other project related information such as a blog, video, article, or pictures.

Grant Timeline

Community Engagement Mini-Grants


1. Submit grant application

Grants should be submitted at least 1 month prior to your event or when you will first need the funding.  You can submit your grant by emailing the Civic Engagement Program at or you can turn in a hard copy to the Applied Learning Center in Admin 325.

2. Revise grant application as needed

Once your grant application has been submitted, the Civic Engagement Program will review your grant and provide any feedback via email within 1 week.  You should promptly reply with any necessary changes to your application and resubmit it for final review.

3. Schedule a grant review meeting

Once a final draft of your grant application has been approved, you will need to schedule a time to meet with the Program Manager to go over any last minute details and sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  Detailed payment information will be discussed during this meeting.

4. Complete your grant project

Complete your grant project as outlined in your grant application.  Make sure to collect documentation and evidence of your project impact.

5.  Final Report/meeting

You will need to fill out a completed grant report and schedule a meeting with the Program Manager to review the grant process and final impact of your project.  The final report and meeting are mandatory in order to be considered for future funding.


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