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CSL Grant Program

Call for Applications:  Community Service Learning (CSL) Projects

**Priority will be given to interprofessional projects, representing two or more professions.**

 

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio’s mission is to enhance community health awareness, education and practices thereby improving the wellness of the citizenry.  An effective method to accomplish this mission is through community service learning (CSL) defined as a structured learning experience that combines community service with mentored preparation and reflection.  Students provide service in response to community-identified concerns and learn about the context in which service is provided, the connection between their service and their academic coursework, and their roles as citizens and professionals.  The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics believes CSL serves as the bridge between ethics education and the development of empathy and humanitarian values in the health care providers we train.  In order to support and encourage CSL involvement by Health Science Center students, we are offering mini-grants and midi-grants to defray project expenses. 

Eligible Projects

We are especially interested in CSL projects that document and address health disparities in San Antonio and Bexar County, the surrounding counties (Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, Wilson), and South Texas.  Priority will be given to innovative approaches for health solutions and to interprofessional projects involving two or more disciplines.  All projects must have one designated student leader, a UTHSCSA faculty mentor, and a community partner.  We strongly encourage interprofessional projects that involve students from more than one school.

What We Provide

Mini-Grants of $500 to help defray the cost of CSL project expenses, such as supplies, printing, and mileage.

Midi-Grants of $2,000-$4,000 for in-depth projects that demonstrate extensive mentor involvement, have a clear plan for sustainability, and include a scholarship aspect.

Deadline

5pm on Thursday, September 25, 2014

Additional Information & How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through the online directory:  http://csldirectory.texashumanities.org/.  For detailed information about the application process, please see CSL Funding Request for Application (RFA) below.

Contact

For inquiries please contact Melanie Stone at:  csl@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-0523

 

Community Service Learning (CSL) Funding

Request for Application (RFA)

 

*On the application, check whether you are applying for a CSL Mini-Grant or Midi-Grant.*

CSL Mini-Grants, $500

The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics is accepting proposals through September 25, 2014 from mentored students at UT Health Science Center San Antonio to develop and implement community service learning projects.   Specifically, we are interested in CSL projects that document and address health disparities in San Antonio and Bexar County, the surrounding counties (Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, Wilson), and South Texas.  Priority will be given to innovative approaches for health solutions and to interprofessional projects involving two or more disciplines.  Examples of project areas include, but are not limited to, rural health, mental health, environmental health, oral health, geriatrics, HIV/Syphilis/STD prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, obesity prevention, and increasing health literacy.  Grant awards are for $500 and are for specific project use as outlined in the budget section of the application.

 

CSL Midi-Grants, $2,000-$4,000

The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics announces targeted funding for a limited number of service learning projects that document and address health disparities in San Antonio and Bexar County, the surrounding counties (Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, Wilson), and South Texas.  These funds are for in-depth projects that have demonstrated success in the pilot phase, have extensive mentor involvement, have a clear plan for sustainability, and include a scholarship aspect.  Priority will be given to innovative approaches for health solutions and to interprofessional projects involving two or more disciplines.  Grant awards are for $2,000-$4,000. The scholarship component may be the following:  plans to present at a conference outside of the Health Science Center, submit an article for publication, and/or be part a larger research study.  Examples of project areas include, but are not limited to, rural health, mental health, environmental health, oral health, geriatrics, HIV/Syphilis/STD prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, obesity prevention, and increasing health literacy.  The grant awards are for specific project use as outlined in the budget section of the application.

 

Funding Application Process

1.      Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a CSL Funding Information Session prior to submitting an application.  The three session dates are:   August 29 (in LIB 2.015), September 4 (in LIB 2.015), and September 17 (in MED 311C).  All sessions are from 12:00-12:30pm.  No registration is required to attend.

2.      Applications must be submitted through the online directory: http://csldirectory.texashumanities.org/.  You must first log in with your student user account.  If you have not yet registered as a student user, go to Sign Up at the top right of the directory to do so.  Once logged in, go to the Funding Applications tab to apply.

3.      The project must have a faculty mentor employed by the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.  The mentor’s letter of support is required at or before the time of application submission and should be uploaded to the online application.

4.      The project must have a community partner.  The community partner’s letter of support is required at or before the time of application submission and should be uploaded to the online application.

5.      Proposals will be reviewed by the Health Science Center’s CSL Review Committee using the rubric found at:  http://csldirectory.texashumanities.org/

6.      Awardees will be notified by email.

 

Deadlines

Applications are due by 5pm on September 25, 2014.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Results will be announced no later than October 20, 2014.

 

Proposal Considerations

Projects must have a designated student leader, a faculty mentor, and a community partner.  Students and faculty may be from any of the five schools of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. 

 

IRB

If the proposed project involves human subjects research, it is the responsibility of the student applicant and faculty mentor to obtain approval from the Office of the Institutional Review Board (IRB).  It is suggested you contact the IRB office before starting your project to clarify status.

 

Community Partner

A community organization must be identified in the proposal as the community partner.  A community organization is considered to be a community center, non-profit organization, church, or other place where clients are receptive to health-related services.  Preference will be given to community-based organizations over hospitals and clinics.  The community partner should have considerable input into the proposal, and there should be evidence that the proposal clearly meets a specific community expressed need.  A letter of support from the community partner is a requirement of the proposal.

 

Outcomes & Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation strategies for the outcomes of your intervention should be clearly stated in the proposal.  Your overall project goal should be aligned with a Healthy People 2020 goal.  Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.  You can read about the Healthy People 2020 goals and measureable objectives here.

 

Your objectives should be written in the SMART format.  Learn about SMART objectives here.

 

Presentation / Dissemination

Under mentor guidance, the student leader will be expected to create and present a poster for the Health Science Center’s Annual CSL Conference, scheduled for April 2, 2015.  The poster abstract is due early March (date TBA) and the poster submission is due later March (date TBA).  Presentation at the CSL Conference is a mandatory condition for receipt of the award. Students are also encouraged to present their projects outside of the Health Science Center. 

 

Timeline

The project timeline should be clearly stated in the proposal and include time for preparation, evaluation, and reflection.  Please note that projects must be completed in time for presentation at the Annual CSL Conference (described above), scheduled for April 2, 2015. 

 

Budget

Mini-Grants

Creation of a budget up to $500 for the project is mandatory for the proposal.  Include itemized costs and justification.   Allowable expenses include project supplies, printing, and mileage reimbursement to the project site (calculated to and from the Health Science Center, check current reimbursement rate).  Food items are allowed only if specifically used as a teaching activity.  Incentives and gift cards are not allowed.  Grant funds are not to be used for capital expenditures or purchasing major equipment.  

 

Midi-Grants

Creation of a budget of $2,000-$4,000 for the project is mandatory for the proposal.  Include itemized costs and justification.  Allowable expenses include project supplies, printing, and mileage reimbursement to the project site (calculated to and from the Health Science Center, check current reimbursement rate).  Midi-grant expenses may include conference registration fee and associated travel costs, if presenting the project at another conference.  No more than 15% of the total budget should be designated for conference expenses.  Food items are allowed only if specifically used as a teaching activity.  Incentives and gift cards are not allowed.  Grant funds are not to be used for capital expenditures or purchasing major equipment. 

 

Award Considerations

Required Meeting for Awardees

Upon the grant award, the student leader and mentor will be required to have a meeting with the Assistant Director of CSL at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, to discuss outcomes reporting and grant management requirements. 

 

Funds Disbursement

Upon award, grant funds will be transferred to the faculty mentor’s departmental account.  The mentor will be responsible for disbursing funds to the student leader for the items outlined in the project’s budget.  If changes need to be made to the budget during the course of the project, both the mentor and Melanie Stone, Assistant Director of CSL, must be notified for prior approval.

 

Required Midi-Grant Mentorship Program

Faculty who are mentors of CSL projects receiving a Midi-Grant award will participate in a mentorship program that gives them the opportunity to present their projects to other faculty mentors and seek their feedback on mentorship of students, evaluation, scholarship, sustainability, and related issues.  The program will consist of a few meetings (schedule TBA) that take place in advance of the Annual CSL Conference. 

 

Application and project related inquiries can be directed to:

Melanie Stone, MPH, M.Ed.

Assistant Director for Community Service Learning

(210) 567-0523

csl@uthscsa.edu