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Awards to Encourage Civic Engagement Announced

SUNY Cortland’s Institute for Civic Engagement (ICE) is soliciting applications for academic departments and co-curricular programs to develop leadership and civic engagement curricula and programs under the Civic Engagement Demonstration Awards program.

Applications can be found at ICE’s Web site,, under the “Building Community Leaders Program” tab. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 31.

The ICE will distribute four awards of up to $4,000 each for a one-year period. These awards are available for academic departments and co-curricular programs to develop changes in their respective areas that incorporate leadership and civic engagement. With this funding, departments will develop and implement plans to institutionalize a project or projects, or a course or set of courses, of their choosing into their curricula or programs.

In the award application, ICE states that they “anticipate that departments and programs will use the academic year of 2010-11 as a planning year, and implementation of proposed curricular or programmatic changes will begin in the 2011-12 academic year.”

The goal of the Civic Engagement Demonstration Awards is to seek proposals from interested departments and co-curricular programs to develop curricula and programs that will help students develop the skills necessary to assume leadership roles in communities throughout New York state.

The funds are made available through a congressionally-directed grant, “Building Community Leaders,” which is part of a larger program that ICE is organizing to boost community leadership and engagement.

For more information, e-mail Christopher Latimer, Political Science Department.