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Applications can be submitted via Students and Staff Service Platform (SSSP).

The Centre for Innovative Service-Learning (CISL) was established in December 2017 to contribute to the provision of Best Student Experience in the Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2028. To provide support to faculty members for the development and implementation of courses with service-learning components at HKBU, the Service-Learning Mini-Grants (SLMG) have been set up by CISL to:

  1. encourage faculty members to integrate SL elements into the curriculum;

  2. enhance the teaching and learning of SL at HKBU; and

  3. promote inter-disciplinary collaboration on SL projects/courses.



HKBU academic and teaching staff who design and deliver the following are eligible for the SLMG:

  1. UGC-funded credit-bearing courses with SL components (see definition), or

  2. Non-credit bearing service projects with a roadmap for conversion into UGC-funded credit-bearing courses.

GE Capstone courses are NOT eligible for the SLMG as they are supported by other funding sources.


Selection Process and Criteria

The assessment is based on the following criteria:

  1. Achieving Course Intended Learning Outcomes of Service-Learning

  2. Aligning the SL components with CILOs

  3. Integrating new ideas and SL elements in the curriculum

  4. Bringing educational benefits to students and impact to the service recipients and community

  5. Developing new pedagogical or teaching approaches in SL

Applications for the SLMG will be assessed and approved by a Review Panel formed under the Committee on Innovative Service-Learning (ISLC). Approval is subject to funding availability.


Use of Funding and Funding Categories

The SLMG can be used to support expenses related to project development and delivery:

1. Grant for Course Instructor/Project Leader

  • Temporary project assistants/student helpers

  • Printing, general supplies and project materials

  • Services required for the course/project

  • Group travel expenses

  • Oversea flights, transportation, lodging and meals during the implementation of non-local service-learning project incurred by staff members leading/supporting the project

2. Subsidy for Students’ Out-of-Pocket Expense

  • Project materials, local transportation and gifts for service users 

3. Subsidy for Students’ Outbound Expense (applicable to non-local trips only)

  • Airfare, lodging and meals incurred by students during the implementation of non-local service-learning project


The funding provided for each successful application will vary according to the projected expenses. The maximum funding support is as follows:

Project Location
Grant for Course Instructor/Project Leader

(On reimbursement basis with receipts)

Subsidy for Students’ Out Of Pocket Expense

(Direct subsidy. No receipts required.)

Subsidy for Students’ Outbound Expense

(Transportation, lodging and meals to be paid to travel agency as a group or reimbursement upon receipts/invoice)

Hong Kong

up to $30,000 / project

up to $300 / student



up to $50,000 / project

up to $300 / student

up to $2,200 / student

Asia Pacific

up to $70,000 / project

up to $300 / student

up to $3,200 / student


up to $100,000 / project

up to $300 / student

up to $4,700 / student

Requests exceeding the maximum amount will be considered on a case-by-case bases.


Application Period

The application period for AY2024-25 Semester 1 courses/projects is now until 31 July 2024 on SSSP. Applications are to be submitted online on the Students and Staff Service Platform (SSSP). We also welcome applications for courses and projects planned for AY2024-25 Semester 2 and Summer.

In order for approved SLMG funding to be available at the start of the semester or earlier, interested members are advised to submit their applications as early as possible.

Application Guildelines

CISL-M01 Application Guideline



CISL would like to express our deepest gratitude to our donor for their generous donation:

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Click HERE to apply via Students and Staff Service Platform (SSSP)


Consultation Services and Enquiries

Miss Kasey Hui

Assistant Manager (Service-Learning)

Tel: 3411 2069