College of Education and Human Development Community Impact Grants Program


  • Aug. 15
  • Nov. 15
  • March 15
  • June 15


The purpose of Western Michigan University's College of Education and Human Development Community Impact Grant Program is to encourage and support faculty’s evidence-based projects that address local issues and result in community impacts primarily in Kalamazoo county.


Restricted to College of Education and Human Development faculty holding full-time, board-appointed faculty rank at the time of proposal submission and funding period who were not funded by this program in the preceding five academic years. Applicants are encouraged to revise and resubmit in the next application cycle if a proposal is declined.

Maximum amount


Award conditions

  • Funded projects must be completed within one year of award. No extension of any kind is allowed.
  • Final project report (maximum 500 words) is due to the Frostic Endowed Chair at within 60 days of project termination, reporting the activities, outcomes and expenditures.
  • Equipment purchased with award funds reverts to department or unit upon project termination.
  • Funds may not be used for faculty conference travel, faculty salary, release time, tuition or professional training.
  • Funds not used by the termination date will be swept back to the college’s facilities and administration account.
  • The proposed work must be new. If the proposed work is part of a larger project, please show the large context, including an overall budget, and how the $2,000 is used in the larger project.

Application dates

Proposals will be reviewed four times per year—Aug. 15, Nov. 15, March 15 and June 15—with award decisions and funds available within 30 days of review date. Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on the due date to be considered for the application cycle.

Application procedure

Submit the grant application form and the proposal (maximum five single-spaced pages) in a single PDF file via email to the Frostic Endowed Chair at The proposal includes project title, project purpose, background (including research evidence), work plan, anticipated impact on the local community, budget and justification, and plan to evaluate the community impact. The proposal should be written for general lay-faculty audience comprehension, avoiding discipline-specific terminology.

Evaluation of proposals

Proposals will be reviewed by the Tate center advisory committee using the evaluation rubric outlined on the grant application form. Recommendations from the Tate center advisory committee will be forwarded to the dean for approval. Applicants are advised to clearly address evaluation criteria in the proposal.

Duration of the policy

The program will be in place for five years beginning April 15, 2016. It is subject to the availability of funds in the College of Education and Human Development facilities and administration account. It will be evaluated at the end of the five-year period.