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The Center for Service and Community Engagement offers up numerous signature programs throughout the year for students, faculty and staff to become more meaningfully involved in the community.

1818 Community Engagement Grant Program

The winners for the 2018-2019 cycle have been selected.  Over 50 applications were received for the inaugural year of the program, with 18 being selected.  Click below for a complete list of selected projects.

 Click here to see list of 2018-2019 winners

Read an informational sheet about the 1818 grants

Is the grant open to faculty and staff, or just students?

The grant program welcomes applications from students, as well as faculty and staff. For groups of faculty or staff, it is recommended that students be involved in some way, either in the application process or the community engagement project itself.

Is the grant open to organizations or groups outside of Saint Louis University?

While the grant lead must be a SLU student, faculty or staff member, it is a requirement that a non-profit organization also be a partner on the grant.

Our group already has a community engagement program. Can we apply for funds to put towards our already-existing initiative?

Yes, as long as it can demonstrably show a significant potential improvement in your group’s community engagement program.

What if our group doesn’t spend all of its money? Can the funds be used in the future?

No, all funds must be spent by May 31st, 2019. Unused funds will be returned to the main 1818 Community Engagement Grant program, and will be distributed the following year.

Does the project need to be ongoing in nature, or can we apply for a one-time day of service?

While we encourage groups to think long-term about their potential projects, groups can certainly apply for funding to create a one-time or short-term program.

If we receive a grant for this year, but want to continue the program beyond, can we receive additional funding?

Yes! In fact, groups who receive funds this year will be encouraged to apply again for the 2019-20 cycle to build on their first year, and will be given preference if a high degree of impact can be demonstrated in year one.

Can we donate the money we receive from the grant directly to our partner community organization?

All funds must be spent on materials, services, etc. No funds can go directly to the community organization.

My group is having trouble coming up with a grant proposal. Can you give some examples of potential community engagement programs?

Groups are encouraged to think about the community organization or issue that they want to impact, then approach them to collaboratively come up with an idea for a grant proposal.
Potential programs could include:

  • Building a playground at a local school or community center
  •  Implementing an after-school or weekend STEM program for youth
  • Hosting a Winter or Spring Break service/immersion trip
  • Partnering with a local organization to host a health fair
  •  Creating a sustainable hunger reduction program
  • Organizing an advocacy campaign related to a particular social justice issue or congressional bill

The Center for Service and Community Engagement staff is also available to consult on a variety of ideas and potential community partners.

Service Fairs

An easy way to learn about all the ways you can make a difference in the community both as a student and as an alum is to attend our Community Service and Year of Service Fairs.. You will be able to meet staff from dozens of groups to learn about their work and how to get involved.

Community Service Fair

Held early in the fall semester, over 70 local nonprofits visit campus to represent a range of service areas.  The 2018 fair will be held Wednesday, September 12 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Quad along West Pine. 

Year of Service Fair

Representatives from 25 organizations that offer post-graduate service opportunities will be on campus to advertise their programs.  Representatives will include Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Peach Corps, Teach For America, and more!  The 2018 fair will be held Wednesday, November 7 from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Busch Student Center.

SLU students gardening

Every year, members of the SLU community participate in service projects throughout the region. 

Campus Kitchen

SLU’s Campus Kitchen is an on-campus student service program was the first ever service site for the national nonprofit organization, The Campus Kitchens Project. Students use on-campus kitchen space and donated food from on campus dining providers to prepare and deliver nourishing meals to the local communities.

Volunteer with Campus Kitchen

Community Service Federal Work Study

If you are federal work study eligible and also have a desire to serve your community, you can participate in SLU's Community Service Federal Work Study program. If eligible, you can work up to 15 hours per week at a nonprofit agency and get paid $10 per hour. Potential jobs include tutoring children, coaching, environmental work and arts and culture activities.

To enroll in the program:

  1. If you have received a federal work study award, send verification from Banner (screenshot or printed and scanned) to Bobby Wassel at
  2. View our list of available community service federal work study jobs, which directly links to job previews. Then apply through Career Services' Handshake database.
  3. Visit human resources (located on the first floor of the Wool Building, across the street from Tegeler Hall) to complete the necessary tax and direct deposit forms. You will receive a receipt for new hire. Please note, if you have been paid for a SLU job within the last year, you do not need to re-complete your forms.

Return the receipt for new hire to Bobby Wassel in the Center for Service and Community Engagement, Wuller Hall Suite 204.

For more information, contact Bobby Wassel at

Vocational Inquiry Through Advocacy and Service (VITAS)

The Vocational Inquiry Through Advocacy and Service (VITAS) program provides students who are engaging in community service and social justice advocacy a chance to explore how that work will influence their lives after graduation.

Applications to participate in the VITAS program go live each November, with the program taking place during the following Spring semester.