Student Initiatives

Two JHU Splash student instructors during the event in February 2018.

The Center for Social Concern advises and supports over 50 student groups, many of which perform direct service in partnership with community-based organizations across Baltimore City. These groups are entirely student-led and dedicated student leaders invest hundreds of hours annually into ensuring the continued operations and successes of these vital community programs. If joining a student initiative doesn’t fit your schedule this semester, check out other programs that will allow you to engage with Hopkins and Baltimore communities.

Have questions about student initiatives? Contact volunteer@jhu.edu.

Student Initiatives

The Center for Social Concern’s student initiatives allows for more tailored advising support while meeting the needs of our students and partners. To support this diversified structure of student-led activities, we offer the following two categories of initiatives: 1) Student Groups and 2) Event-Based Service Programs.

Starting a New Student Initiative

Students interested in starting a new initiative may submit a new proposal during the annual proposal period, March 1 through March 15. Read more about starting a new student initiative.

Civic Engagement Recognition and Allocations Commission

The Civic Engagement Recognition and Allocations Commission strives to increase student input and enhance transparency in the student led recognition and funding process. Commissioners will be responsible for (1) supporting student groups, (2) allocating funding, (3) recognizing productive and ethical service.The Commission consists of student commissioners and CSC staff members.

If you are interested in joining the Commission, please email volunteer@jhu.edu.

View CERAC Responsibilities

Commissioner Job Description

  • Award annual allocations for student group budgets.
  • Approval of supplemental grant requests, that include:
    • Direct Service Projects
    • Professional Development
    • Events
  • Evaluate proposals for new student groups
  • Assess effectiveness and quality of student service initiatives

All Commissioners will be expected to:

  • Attend ALL monthly meetings (90 minutes)
  • Complete prep work, such as reading applications and reviewing given materials, in order to be knowledgeable and informed for the budgetary decision making process
  • Evaluate and assess student groups and budget requests
  • Serve a minimum of one academic year

Student Initiative Funding

Funding

Funding

Funding allocations will be determined by specific student initiative in consultation with the Civic Engagement Recognition and Allocations Commission throughout the year. Student Initiatives may request additional funding through applying for supplemental grants.

Annual Allocations (submitted as part of re-registration in March)

  • Transportation to service projects
  • Fees to national organizations
  • Recruitment expenses
  • Anticipated supplies for the upcoming academic year
  • Anticipated service-related expenses (including mandatory trainings, if known)
  • Fingerprinting expenses
  • Food for general body meetings
  • Apparel/imprinted items (request for CSC contribution, design can be approved later)

Supplemental Grants (throughout fall and spring)

The supplemental grants process is intended to provide student groups funding for additional initiatives and programming needs that arise during the academic year.

Funding for supplemental grants is limited and is allocated by members of the Civic Engagement Recognition and Allocations Commission throughout the academic year.

Supplemental Grants Program

Overview

This Supplemental Grants Program is designed to:

  • close the funding gap between spring-awarded funds for service and essential expenses identified between the Annual Allocations period and the academic year;
  • allow student leaders to participate in professional development opportunities not currently able to be funded through the endowment (such as travel to conferences on behalf of the group);
  • and allow student initiatives to hold fundraising events for their community partners and/or to offer on-campus educational or advocacy events to raise awareness of social issues related to their service.

General Guidelines

Funding for supplemental grants is limited and is allocated by members of the Civic Engagement Recognition and Allocations Commission once per semester. Proposals will be evaluated based on the specified criteria. Late proposals will be considered during the next review period. Initiatives are encouraged to apply early.

Supplemental funding will not be allocated to student initiatives with rosters where less than 80% of the listed members have completed the mandatory annual CSC training as of October 15. Student initiatives with 10% or more members who haven’t completed mandatory CSC training by December 17 will have their CSC account frozen and be unable to receive supplemental grants until their members have completed the training.

Service Grant

The Service Grant is designed to provide supplemental funding for the student group’s direct service activities. Funding may also be requested for one time/special events with a community partner (e.g. a field trip), although the emphasis of this fund is the continuation of existing service projects. Maximum allocation $500.

In allocating the Service Fund, CERAC will consider:

  • The student groups revised budget with the previous allocation provide
  • The engagement and compliance of student of active members
  • How the funding will enable additional service to the community partner
  • Allow more students to participate
  • The following expenses can be supported by the Service Fund:
  • Additional transportation (HopVans, Lyft program, bus rental)
  • Supplies
  • Groceries
  • Entrance/admissions fees related to direct service activities
  • One time/special events with a community partner (e.g. a field trip) will be considered, but the emphasis of this fund is continuation of existing service projects

Professional Development Grant

The Professional Development Grant is designed to support students traveling to local, regional, or national conferences/trainings to represent their student organization. The professional development opportunity must occur with sufficient lead time to allow for enough time to help the student(s) make travel arrangements, six weeks is suggested. The student group may apply for funding without assigning the travel to a specific member, but the names of the travelers must be submitted to the CSC in advance of the travel. Maximum allocation $500.

In allocating the Travel Fund, CERAC will consider:

  • The student groups revised budget with the previous allocation provided
  • How the opportunity supports the goals of the student initiative
  • How the information acquired will be shared with the membership and the wider campus community
  • If the opportunity is cost effective and allows as many persons to participate as possible
  • Location of the opportunity, priority is given to regional opportunities (MD/DC/VA/PA)The following expenses may be funded via a Travel Fund grant:
  • Conference registration fees
  • Hotels
  • Meals ($8 breakfast, $12 lunch, $15 dinner)
  • Travel (e.g. Uber/Lyft, rental car, train, airplane)

Event Grant

The Event Grant supports fundraisers, educational/awareness programming, and other event-based activities that support the mission, vision, and values of the student organization and/or the community partner they serve. Maximum allocation $500.

In allocating the Event Fund, CERAC will consider:

  • Impact of the event (how the impact of the event will be measured/assessed)
  • The efficiency of the event (cost of the event relative to expected revenue generated)
  • Collaborations with other campus organizations/co-sponsorshipThe following expenses may be funded through the Event Fund grant:
  • Venue rental (including AV, security, and other venue related expenses)
  • Catering
  • Materials/supplies
  • Speaker honoraria

How to Apply

To Apply

All grant applications are available through Hopkins Groups. Read more below and submit the applicable application.

  • Service Grant
    • designed to provide supplemental funding for the student initiative’s direct service activities.
  • Professional Development Grant
    • designed to support students traveling to local, regional, or national conferences/trainings to represent their student initiative.
  • Events Grant
    • Expenses (such as food, venue rental, honoraria, etc.)

What happens after the funding is awarded?

If approved, supplemental grant awards will be transferred to the student group’s CSC budget within 10 business days after the funding is awarded. Unspent funding does not roll over to the next academic year. The event should be planned in accordance with the usual CSC and Student Organization policies, including those regarding registering events and purchasing items. Student initiatives should work closely with their CSC advisor to plan the event.