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Service-Learning Mini-Grants

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Background

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 SL courses at HKBU, Service-Learning Mini-Grants (The Grants) have been set up by the CISL to:

  1. encourage faculty members to integrate SL elements into the curriculum
  2. enhance the teaching and learning of SL at HKBU
  3. promote inter-disciplinary collaboration on SL projects/courses

Eligibility

Academic and teaching staff who design and deliver the following are eligible for The Grants:

  1. UGC-funded credit-bearing courses with SL components (see definitions), or
  2. Non-credit bearing service projects with a roadmap for conversion into UGC-funded credit-bearing courses.

Use of Funding and Funding Amount

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

  1. Grant for Course Instructor/Project Leader

    • Temporary project assistants/student helpers

    • General supplies, materials and services required for the course/project

    • Printing and resource materials

    • Local travel expenses incurred by staff members

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

  2. Subsidy for Student

    • Students’ Out Of Pocket Expense - Project materials, local transportation and related expenditures

    • Students’ Outbound Expense - Inter-city transportation, lodging and meals incurred by students during the implementation of the non-local service 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 N/A
Mainland up to $50,000 / project up to $2,200 / student
Asia Pacific up to $70,000 / project up to $3,200 / student
Others up to $100,000 / project up to $4,700 / student

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

Please refer to the budgetary and acknowledgement guidelines for details.

Selection Process and Criteria

Credit-bearing courses with SL components will be given higher priority than non-credit bearing service projects which will be converted into credit-bearing courses.

The assessment is based on the following criteria:

  1. Achieving Common Intended Learning Outcomes of Service-Learning
  2. Integrating new ideas and SL elements in the curriculum
  3. Bringing educational benefits to students and impact to the service recipients and community
  4. Developing new pedagogical or teaching approaches in SL
  5. Internalising the project within the course/curriculum

Applications for The Grant will be assessed and approved by the Committee on Innovative Service-Learning (ISLC).

Application Guidelines and Deadline

Applicants should send the completed application form to cisl@hkbu.edu.hk. Review of applications and decisions will be on a rolling basis.

Download Documents

CISL-M01 Application Guideline
CISL-F02 Application Form

CISL-M03 Notes on Project Implementation and Completion
CISL-F04 Completion Report
CISL-F05 Student Expense Application Form

Consultation Services and Enquiries

Ms Kiki Chan
Assistant Project Officer, Centre for Innovative Service-Learning, HKBU
Tel: 3411 2472
Email: cisl@hkbu.edu.hk