2018 Applications Now Open - Deadline to Apply is March 24 at 5 p.m.

Final Reporting Instructions
Participation Agreement Form
Budget Template
Budget Instructions

The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida and the UF Division of Student Affairs are continuing the initiative, inviting UF students to propose projects that will enrich our campus and our Florida communities. Healthy civic campuses and communities are characterized by involved citizens, responsible leadership, and actions and initiatives that assist fellow citizens and students. They promote high levels of trust, connection, confidence, and engagement, and their members volunteer, stay informed, and express themselves in a civil manner.

The Challenge: To improve the civic health of our campus and Florida communities by supporting innovative projects that will advance the common good.

The Call: The Bob Graham Center is seeking proposals for creative and innovative projects that will strengthen our campus, our Florida communities, or both. These projects can take many different forms, with a focus on social, economic, educational, health, and political issues, or on some combination thereof. They can also examine a community in Florida or some aspect of student life on the UF campus, or both, but they must be collaborative, groundbreaking, and promote achievable objectives.

I. Proposals should be submitted to The Bob Graham Center
Submit the following to Kevin Baron at kbaron76@ufl.edu OR The Bob Graham Center 220 Pugh Hall:

a. A two-page narrative that includes a statement of the problem, a brief description of the project, a list of goals, and a discussion of the strategies to reach the goals;

b. A one-page description of a collaborative approach that includes at least five UF students who will work to achieve the project's goals;

c. A letter of support from a faculty member or advisor;

d. A letter of support from any campus or community group with which the project will support, collaborate with, and/or rely upon (only required if the project will indeed involve another group); and

e. A one-page annotated budget.

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II. Proposals will be judged by the following criteria:

a. The degree to which the project is consistent with the program's objective to improve the civic health of our campus and/or a Florida community through innovative projects;

b. The degree to which the proposed project appears creative and potentially impactful;

c. The degree to which the project’s goals appear achievable within a semester or two; and

d. The degree to which the project is sustainable and perhaps transferable.

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III. Selection process:

a. A three-person committee, including a staff member from the Graham Center, the Division of Student Affairs, and a faculty member, will judge the proposals based upon the criteria listed above.

b. The best proposals will be invited to give a short presentation to the selection committee, with the opportunity for questions.

c. The most promising and feasible project proposal will be awarded $5,000 to pursue its implementation.

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IV. Expected products:

a. A presentation; and

b. An action plan that has been implemented or in the process of being implemented.

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The Healthy Civic Campus and Community Initiative is funded by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida and overseen by the Bob Graham Center and the UF Division of Students Affairs.