University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Funds available for community-based teaching, research projects

Proposals are now being accepted for support of community-based teaching and research projects through the newly established Stone Soup Fund administered by the Center for Community Engagement. The name and concept of the fund is drawn from the folk tale of hungry travelers who convince a village to contribute to their soup made from a stone, feeding the travelers and the village.

A maximum of $1,000 may be awarded from the fund to a faculty or instructional staff member for a teaching and/or research project that benefits a community and involves at least one community partner. Teaching projects must involve students enrolled in academic credit who are engaged in service-learning. Research projects must produce results that are made publicly available.

Possible eligible expenses include travel to project sites, printing and duplicating, materials, supplies and meeting expenses. Funds cannot be used to substitute for expenses normally covered by academic departments such as usual and customary classroom costs. Up to $5,000 is available for projects to be completed by June 30, and another $5,000 is available for projects to be completed by Dec. 31. Proposals will be accepted at any time until all funds are committed.

The Stone Soup Fund was initiated by the Center’s Community Advisory Board and has benefitted from contributions from the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Bremer Bank, the Greystone Group, Altru Foundation and the North Dakota Mill and Elevator. An application form is available at For more information or assistance, please feel free to contact me.

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