Community Partnership Grant — Request for Ideas

The Community Partnership Grant is part of an IWU-Marion strategic initiative that seeks to generate innovative ideas from Grant County community leaders, explicitly focused on bringing Indiana students (K—12) to the IWU Marion campus to engage learning experiences that instill within them a vision for college in their future. Programs may take place at any time during the calendar year and can be anywhere from one day to one week in duration. Programs may also be a reoccurring or a one-time event.

Funding for the Community Partnership Grants is made possible by the generosity of the Lilly Endowment’s Indiana Youth Programs on Campus (IYPC) initiative. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $50,000 annually, and funding is available from 2022 to 2025. Proposals will be reviewed by the Community Engagement AIP Team, which is comprised of a group of IWU faculty, staff, and Grant County community leaders.

IYPC Community Partnership ideas may be submitted using the Community Partnership application, which is also available on the IWU Academic Youth Programs’ webpage. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and grants are awarded in the fall and early spring.

Selected applicants will be contacted to interview with the Community Engagement AIP Team. Selected finalists will be invited to submit a full proposal and an in-person presentation to the Community Engagement AIP Team and the IWU-Marion cabinet for final review/approval. Favored proposals will expose youth to academic subjects and/or cultural experiences, foster character and/or leadership development, provide opportunities to explore postsecondary education and/or career options, and include promising strategies to recruit and serve traditionally underserved populations (i.e., students of color, first-generation college students, students from families of limited resources).

For more information about the IYPC Community Partnership, contact Stenway Louvé, Director of Academic Youth Programs and Community Engagement AIP Team member: