Civic Action Plan Implementation Grants
Civic Action Plan Implementation Grants: A Wisconsin Campus Compact Special Project
In recognition of Campus Compact‘s 30th anniversary in 2015-16, the national Campus Compact Board of Directors asked member presidents and chancellors to join in signing an Action Statement, a declaration of shared commitment to the public purposes of higher education and a promise to develop a Campus Civic Action Plan to realize those purposes more fully. Since then, more than 450 Presidents and Chancellors have signed on, committing their campuses to create and publicly share Civic Action Plans within a year.
In 2017-2018, Wisconsin Campus Compact awarded 5 grants of $2,000 each to campuses who are implementing their Civic Action Plans (CAPs):
This award will catalyze the implementation of CAPs across Wisconsin to move their community engagement agenda forward. Grants were scored based on (1) strength of rationale, (2) the potential to create lasting change, (3) practicality of implementation, (4) community partner involvement, and (5) previous level of activity with the CAP process.
The CAP Implementation training and grants are funded by a grant from the TOSA Foundation. The Foundation, a family foundation supported by Wisconsin-natives John and Tashia Morgridge, seeks to effect lasting change in K-12 and higher education in Wisconsin and California. Tashia Morgridge from the TOSA Foundation commented, “It is such an important time to be investing in civic action projects in all corners of Wisconsin. When campuses implement projects that bring them in partnership with their local communities, students learn real-world skills that prepare them for citizenship and the workforce, while companies and organizations can tap into university resources. We look forward to see what higher education can do to strengthen their community connections.”