‚ÄčIn lieu of the 2020-2021 Community Partnership Awards, the CHP Community Engagement Committee will fund a mini-grants program in support of CHP-affiliated student participation in community service during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Activities relevant to the mini-grants program are those that are mutually beneficial to both CHP and a community partner and are conducted by CHP-affiliated students during 2020-2021 as part of a CHP course, academic/clinical program, or RSO. Funds are intended to help students overcome barriers to their participation in community service due to COVID-19 (e.g., gas cards, PPE, webcams). A maximum of $250 is available per award. All durable goods purchased with mini-grant funds become the property of CHP upon the completion of the course/program/RSO project. Award distributions are subject to approval by the CMU Office of Student Financial Aid and the Office of Finance and Administrative Services.

Applications are to be submitted on a student's behalf by the CHP faculty/staff member responsible for the course, program, or RSP for which a student is experiencing (or is expected to experience) difficulties participating in community service due to COVID-19. A faculty/staff member may request funding for a group of students with similar needs in the same course/program/RSO as long as the names of all individuals involved and how the funds will be distributed is clear. Multiple and repeated requests are allowed if course/program/RSO circumstances and thus student needs change following an initial award. Awards will be transferred to department/program/RSO accounts and faculty/staff applicants will be responsible for the distribution of funds.

Applications will be reviewed by the CHP Community Engagement Committee on the first and 15th of the month, October 1 through November 30, 2020 and January 15 through April 1, 2021. Faculty/staff applicants will be notified of the status of their submission within two to four business days of each decision cycle.

All student award recipients and associated faculty/staff applicants agree to respond to CHP Community Engagement Committee requests for follow-up on how the mini-grant supported student participation in community service during COVID-19.

For additional information, please contact Susan Naeve-Velguth, Ph.D., Chair, CHP Community Engagement Committee.