Public Service Endowment Grants

no-cost extensions will be granted to awardees who have experienced project delays related to COVID-19. To request an extension please fill out the form here.

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 2021 competition, the proposal submission deadline is 1:00pm on December 4, 2020.

Notification of awards will be made by March 15, 2021.

Public Service Endowment Grant Information Session:

Recording of presentation from Public Service Endowment Grant Information Session

Presentation from Public Service Endowment Grant Information Session

Resources for Community and Public Engagement:

Office of Faculty Development Engagement Resources:
                          • Engaged Research and Teaching
                          • Professional Development and Institutional Support for Engagement

Civic Engagement and Service Learning:COVID-19 Resources:
                           • Resources for Virtual Volunteering
                           • Needs of Local Community Organizations

How To Apply: 

The Public Service Endowment Grants Request for Proposals and Proposal Preparation Instructions, and application forms are available on Box for download at

Final Report: 

A Final Report on the outcomes and impact of your project on the form provided here 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