BUILDING BETTER NEIGHBORHOODS GRANT APPLICATION: Can be found on InfoReady
DEADLINE: Proposals are accepted each year in September and January
The Office of Immersive Learning is pleased to offer special funding for Immersive Learning courses that collaborate with local organizations focused improving the quality of life in Muncie through the Building Better Neighborhoods (BBN) grant program.
The BBN initiative connects Ball State’s resources with neighborhood development efforts across Muncie and Delaware County and is a collaboration between the Office of Immersive Learning, the Office of Community Engagement, the Muncie Action Plan, and other local agencies working to improve our community’s neighborhoods.
BBN immersive learning projects pull together undergraduate student teams guided by faculty mentors to create unique, high-impact learning experiences that result in projects that leave a lasting impact on Muncie. Faculty are encouraged to connect their immersive learning project proposals to the challenges and aims articulated in Muncie Action Plan’s 2022 Strategic Investment Plan for Muncie, which highlights downtown Muncie, city neighborhoods, parks, and connective corridors. Connections may also be made to the TogetherDM county comprehensive plan. Specifically, faculty are encouraged to align their proposal with one or more of the “big things” named in the plan: quality of place, housing, and/or upward mobility.
BBN grants can cover supplies, minor equipment, printing, surveys, neighborhood planning sessions, and other project-related expenses. BBN grants typically range from $500-5000.
THE GRANT APPLICATION WILL REQUIRE:
- Project Title
- Project Semester(s)
- Course Numbers
- Project Director
- Project Director's Department
- Project Abstract
- Muncie Neighborhood Associations or Community Partners Involved
- Problem or Purpose Statement
- Major Goals, Objectives, and Desired Outcomes
- Responsibilities of Community Partner
- Course Numbers
- Student Information: SLOs, Credit Options
- Project Timeline
- Grading Plan
- Partner Letters of Support
- A Budget using this Template
Faculty can get feedback on proposal ideas, potential funding amounts, or ask general questions about the application by contacting Heather Williams, Associate Director for Community Engagement and Program Manager for Building Better Neighborhoods, or Jackie Grutsch McKinney, Director of Immersive Learning and High Impact Practices. Eligibility is contingent on approval from the applicant’s chair’s and College dean’s approval. BBN proposals are submitted through InfoReady and are reviewed by a faculty panel.