Fund Description

This fund is now closed. No additional applications will be considered.

Definition & Goals:

SLAF defines service learning as (1) experiential learning with (2) social/community impact, (3) connection to curriculum, and (4) opportunities for student reflection.


Benefits of service learning include

  1. Providing appropriate context to education, specifically with respect to understanding local and global challenges;

  2. Developing empathy and increased social consciousness in students; and

  3. Inspiring and empowering the next generation to make a better world. 


Together with Central Indiana Community Foundation, SLAF supports teachers and schools engaging in service learning projects as part of their existing curricula. 



Grant Applications:


Each year, teachers may submit a grant application for a service learning project to assist with the associated time and expenses involved.  

  1. A budget detailing the intended use of funds is required.

  2. Grants will be distributed to schools, not directly to teachers.

  3. Permissible uses of funds include, but are not limited to (a) supplies, (b) resource materials, (c) presenter fees, provided that presenter is not the sole component of the service learning project, and (d) stipends for long-term projects requiring teachers to spend significant time outside the classroom.

  4. Impermissible uses of funds include, but are not limited to (a) equipment and physical plant and (b) event catering and refreshments.

Grant Cycles and Deadlines:


This fund is now CLOSED. No additional applications will be considered.



Successful grant submissions must:

  1. Involve service learning.  It is our intention to define service learning broadly with respect to subject matter (access to water, environmental sustainability, hunger, etc.) and scope of application (local, regional, national, global).

  2. Fit SLAF's definition of service learning.  The service learning project must (a) involve experiential learning in which students participate in hands-on activities; (b) demonstrate social/community impact; (c) connect to the existing classroom curriculum; and (d) provide opportunities for students to reflect upon their service learning experiences. 

  3. Be initiated by an educator at an elementary, middle, or high school.  The project/campaign should be initiated by a school educator or administrator, though an outside presenter may be engaged as part of the project. 

  4. Be located in Indiana.  Preference will be given to Indiana schools, though out-of-state applications will be considered.

  5. Be completed within one year of receipt of the grant.  

  6. Provide event details and timings upon receipt of funds as SLAF representatives may attend these events. 

  7. Provide photographs.  Photographic documentation of the project is required. Note that photographs may be posted on a public electronic forum, such as the SLAF website or Facebook page, so grantee must obtain any required permissions.

  8. Provide feedback.  A brief report (form provided) must be completed and submitted by grantee to SLAF within 30 days of the conclusion of the project.

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