Grants and Awards

Supporting projects and programs that engage with people and communities to solve problems, share knowledge and support progress.

CSU’s Office of Engagement and Extension awards funding to community-engaged projects that advance CSU’s land-grant mission through two programs: the Community Engagement Scholarship Awards and the Community-Engaged Scholars Seed Grants. Applications are now closed for the 2022 funding cycle. Keep an eye out for award announcements in March 2022. Applications will open for the next funding cycle in January 2023.

Community Engagement Scholarship Awards

Jointly established by the Office of the Provost and Office of Engagement and Extension, the Community Engagement Scholarship Awards recognize exemplary engaged scholarship by CSU faculty, academic staff members or Extension agents/specialists and their community partner(s).

Two awards are distributed annually:

Distinguished Community Engagement Scholarship Award

In recognition of a collaboration, project or program with a long-term record of sustained impact, achievement and scholarship (one at $3,000).

Emerging Community Engagement Scholarship Award

In recognition of a relatively new initiative that has shown potential for long-term impact, achievement and scholarship (one at $1,000).

Community-Engaged Scholars Seed Grants

The Community-Engaged Scholars Seed Grant Program is a new program in 2022 that provides seed funding to support the planning and design, implementation and evaluation of a community-engaged research or teaching project. Three grants are awarded annually. Applicants may apply for up to $10,000.

Past Recipients

Community Engagement Scholarship Awards

The Distinguished Award

The Distinguished award celebrates a collaboration, project or program with a long-term record of sustained impact, achievement and scholarship.

2020 Recipient: The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS)

CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow). By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive website, their aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. They are now in all fifty states. Learn more about CoCoRaHS here.

Community Engagement Scholarship Awards

The Emerging Award

The Emerging award celebrates a new initiative that has shown potential for long-term impact, achievement and scholarship.

2020 Recipient: Colorado Blueprint for Food and Agriculture

The Colorado Blueprint for Food and Agriculture is an applied research and community engagement process that combines the collaborative efforts of CSU’s College of Agriculture, Extension and Ag Experiment Station, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council, and LiveWell Colorado.

Questions? Get In Touch

Geniphyr Ponce-Pore | Engagement Program Manager, Office of Engagement and Extension

gen.ponce-pore@colostate.edu | 970-491-6148