McMaster’s Office of Community Engagement offers small catalyst grants to McMaster University faculty, staff, students and their community partners through the Community-Campus Catalyst Grant Fund. These funds are available in amounts of up to $1000 each.
The goal of the Community-Campus Catalyst Fund is to support community-campus partnerships that align with the goals of McMaster’s Community Engagement Strategic Plan. Reflecting on this goal, proposals that involve collaborative projects with community partners working towards mutual benefit and pursuing outcomes aligned with McMaster’s community engagement goals and objectives will be prioritized for funding. Funding cannot be applied towards equipment, conference travel, or ongoing initiatives.
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We Are Not Currently Accepting Applications
We are in the process of reviewing received applications and new applications are currently not being accepted.
Any application must be developed as a community-campus partnership and must include:
- At least one community partner from within the Hamilton area
- At least, but not limited to, a program, department, or formal initiative that includes one of the following:
- faculty member
- staff member
Note: If your application is successful, we will ask you to provide a McMaster chartfield (e.g., MAC01-Fund-Account- Dept-Program or MAC01-Fund-Account-Department-PC Business Unit-Project) to transfer the grant funds.
This fund has been developed to support the following partnerships:
- new community-campus partnerships
- partnerships in the early stages of development
Colleagues interested in these funds are asked to submit a proposal that includes specific mention of how the proposed idea:
- Aligns with McMaster’s community engagement strategy vision, goals, and objectives.
- Aligns with at least one of the following areas: community-engaged research, community-engaged education, or service/volunteerism.
- Encourages collaboration between community partners, faculty members, staff, and students.
- Has clear goals and anticipated outcomes.
- Considers McMaster’s action-oriented principles of community engagement.
Proposals must be submitted online through this form, and must include the following information:
- McMaster Principal Applicant (Name, Unit or Department, and Contact Information)
- Community Co-Applicant (Name, Partner Organization, and Contact Information)
- Additional Collaborators (as appropriate)
- Project Goals (150 words)
- Description of Proposed Activity (300 words)
- Anticipated Timeline (150 words)
- Alignment with McMaster’s Community Engagement Strategy (200 words)
- Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes (200 words)
Proposals are due by the end of the day (11:59 pm) on Tuesday, February 20th, 2024.
Any work funded by this catalyst is expected to be completed by December 2024. Grantees will be expected to submit a short project report (2 pages max) by November 15th, 2024.
The first round of successful applicants will be notified by March 1st, 2024. Project approvals will continue on an ongoing basis until all grant funds are exhausted.
The following action-oriented principles were co-developed by community and University partners to inform our community-campus partnerships:
|We can’t have community without relationships—these are the connections that build community. Any successful partnership must be built on trusting and respectful relationships guided by integrity. We realize that relationships take time to develop and thus we commit to providing opportunities to connect people across communities, sectors, and disciplines.
|From design, to participation, to the outcomes of a project, we strive to work together for mutual benefit.
|We are conscious of the historical and structural inequities that exist in society and strive to provide access and opportunities to all residents and members of our communities.
|Acknowledging that different communities work on different timelines and schedules, we strive to consider both the short and long-term implications of our work together.
|Openness to Learning
|Change takes time. We are committed to continually learn from and evaluate our work together, reflecting on and sharing both our successes and failures to grow as individuals, partnerships, and communities.
|Commitment to Act
|We aspire to make a positive difference in our community by sharing and acting on our knowledge to contribute to the greater social good.
In the past funded projects have included: research compensation for community participants (including gift cards and meals) event/workshops facilitation costs; opportunities to give back to community partners
Funding cannot be applied towards equipment, conference travel, or ongoing initiatives
Collaborative projects with new, and emerging community partners working towards mutual benefit and pursuing outcomes aligned with McMaster’s community engagement goals and objectives
- Art, Community and Curriculum
- Partners: McMaster Museum of Art/Hess Street School
- Meet, Greet, ‘n’ Eat at the K6 Drop-In
- Partners: McMaster Department of Medicine, HAMSMaRT, Keeping Six
- Food Insecurity, Gestational Diabetes, and Mental Health
- Partners: McMaster Department of Anthropology, Community Midwives of Hamilton
- IndigiNerds Give Back
- Partners: McMaster Indigenous Research Institute, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre
- Strathcona Pantry Project
- Partners: McMaster School of Social Work, Strathcona Pantry