Public Service Endowment Grants

no-cost extensions will be granted to awardees who have experienced project delays related to COVID-19


The Public Service Endowment Grants are intended to enhance the mission of UMass Amherst as a Carnegie-classified "Engaged Research University." Proposals should focus on mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships between the university and off-campus community organizations and propose special projects and related scholarship to address a problem or need and/or build capacity. The use of these non-renewable awards should leverage campus and community resources and create opportunities for sustained engagement after the end of the grant period. Full time faculty and staff are eligible to apply. Grants of up to $15,000 for one-year projects will be made.

For the 2019-2020 competition, the deadline is December 5, 2019. Notification of awards will be made by March 15, 2020. (Note: The grant cycle has been moved to earlier in the academic year to allow awards to be announced earlier and provide awardees more time for project planning prior to the start of the grant period on July 1, 2020.)

How To Apply: 

Download the Request for Proposals and Proposal Preparation Instructions and required forms for the Cover Page and the Budget and Budget Justification below.

PSEG 2020 Request for Proposals and Proposal Preparation Instructions [updated 11/13/19]

PSEG 2020 Cover Page

PSEG 2020 Budget and Budget Justification Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Final Report: 

A Final Report  on the outcomes and impact of your project, on the form provided, is due within 90 days of the completion of the grant period.

For More Information: 

Please contact:
Mary K. Green, MHS
Research Development Associate
Public Service Endowment Grant Administrator
Office of Research Development
(413) 545-8641