Faculty Grants

Seeds For Change Small Grant Initiative

Seeds For Change is a small grant initiative that anchors Neighborhood Centers Inc.'s commitment to cultivating closer relationships with Houston's many cultural organizations and partners. Join us at our first public meeting to learn more about this initiative. We will be accepting proposals from organizations, groups, and individuals who seek financial assistance for up to a maximum award of $2,000 to support events and/or projects that grow community engagement within cultural groups. We will be answering questions and assisting with completing the application. For further details and the complete application packet go to www.neighborhood-centers.org or email seedsforchange@neighborhood-centers.org or call (713) 669-5259.

Mini Grants

Civic engagement, part of UHD’s statement of shared values, as well as the new call to service issued by President Obama to (http://www.serve.gov/), focus on the opportunity to make a personal connection to complex social problems in our communities. Several content areas are involved in reality-based education (also named community-based education), an arm of service-learning.

Service-learning is recognized as one of the high-impact initiatives for student success. Additionally, it aligns with UHD’s mission statement, creates campus-community partners, uses civic involvement to meet specific learning objectives of an academic course, engages students and invigorates teaching, and creates research and publishing opportunities.


Proposal Due: August 06, 2014 August 31, 2014 (Extended Deadline)
Notification: June 15, 2014

Spring 2014 Awardees

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Texas State Representative Sylvester Turner's Grant

Several students were present who had received learning opportunities made possible through State Rep. Turner’s Community Partnership Program, designed to award funds to UHD and community agencies serving north Houston residents.

Service-learning is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students
a) participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs
b) reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content
c) a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility.

Service-leaning is one of the high-impact educational practices as discussed by Kuh, 2008. (http://www.neasc.org/downloads/aacu_high_impact_2008_final.pdf)


The Service Learning Committee consisting of representatives from each college will determine the grant recipients based on the extent to which the service-learning component is appropriate to, and will successfully address, the needs of the target population. Notification will be made 12/13/2013. All internships and service-learning initiatives must be completed by July 24, 2014. Program coordinators will meet with College Business Administrators prior to the start of the program.

Spring 2014 Awardees

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