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The Carolina Center for Public Service began offering Service Partnership Mini-Grants to Carolina students in celebration of our 20th anniversary during the 2019-2020 academic year. We intend for these mini-grants, which range from $150-300, to help build deeper connections between Carolina students and off-campus community partners by funding project- or event-based collaborations. In 2020-2021, CCPS continued to accept applications, placing a priority on projects that adapt programs and services in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic and/or projects related to advancing racial equity and justice.

To apply, students must submit a project or event proposal along with the written endorsement of a community partner. We encourage you to develop the proposal idea in conversation with your partner rather than bringing to them a full proposal for their approval. When a proposal is approved, CCPS will issue the mini-grant to the student in full.


All full-time undergraduate, graduate or professional students or student teams at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply. While a maximum of only four students can be listed on the application, a team can be made up of as many students as necessary for the project in question. Individuals may apply, but teams often offer stronger proposals. Students are eligible to receive only one mini-grant per academic year.


CCPS will not have an open application in 2022-2023 but is willing to consider proposals on an ad hoc basis. Contact Ryan Nilsen to receive more information about how to apply or to gain feedback on your proposal.

Previous recipients


COVID-19 Supply Kits for Vulnerable Populations in the Chapel Hill Area
Student: Caroline Shubel
Community Partner: Refugee Community Partnership of Carrboro

CompostMates at Carolina
Students: Lydia Rowen and Daniel Sheyko
Community Partner: Carolina Community Garden

Growing the Urban Agriculture Education Program
Student: Rhea Jayaswal
Community Partner: Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Survey Translation to Strengthen Relationships and Racial Equity in the Orange County Master Aging Plan Process
Students: Cassandra Dictus, Kristin Podsiad, Anna Wakita, and Katrice Perry
Community Partner: Orange County Department on Aging

Pilot Project in Bokaro, Jharkhand, India
Students: Mehal Churiwal, Amirsaman Zahabioun, Aisha Siddiqui, and Jash Mirani
Community Partner: Jan Chetna Manch Bokaro

Campus Y Mutual Aid Concert
Students: Emile Charles, Karina Vasudeva, Ellie Hummel, and David Gonzalez
Community Partner: QTIPOC Survival Fund


A Heart Healthy Community Garden Partnership Between Carolina Hearts for the Homeless Carolina (H4H) and People Offering Relief for Chapel Hill-Carrboro Homes (PORCH)
Student: Elizabeth Senter
Community Partner: PORCH

RENA One-Stop Food Market
Student: Nicholas Badwhat
Community Partner: RENA Community Center

Reaching DACA Recipients
Student: Elyse Armstrong
Community Partner: El Centro Hispano

Southeast Raleigh Youth Leadership Development (Conference)
Students: Caroline Chandler and Kate LeMasters
Community Partner: Souteast Raleigh Promise

The TaTa Trot 5k
Students: Sam Johnson and Alleigh Wiggs
Community Partner: Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sexual Health Art Show
Student: Cassidy Kershner
Community Partner: OCRCC

CBPR for mPOWER – Compensating People for Time
Student: Gretchen Mason
Community Partner: PORCH