Community Engagement Grant Program

Community Engagement Grant Program

The Community Engagement Grant Program, housed within the Center for Public Scholarship & Social Change, is an internal grant program for faculty that aims to support costs (supplies, equipment, student wages, etc.) associated with one of the following:

  • Community-based research projects: collaborative inquiry between faculty and community members to identify, research, and solve community problems.
  • Community impact projects: projects where faculty and community members work together to address problems and needs in the community.

Priority funding will be given to those conducting polling/survey research and to those address political, social, or economic issues in Lancaster County. Collaborative faculty-student projects are encouraged.

The submission deadline for this year's grant is Monday, April 4th, 2022.

For the application and more information about the grant, please click here. 

Anyone interested in finding out more about the program can contact Dr. Carrie Smith.


Spring 2021

Dr. Angela Cuthbert (Department of Geography)

Title: An Examination of the Capacity of Lancaster County Boroughs for Refugee Settlement

Dr. Kerri Farkas (Department of English & World Languages)

Title: Engage for Change Journal

Dr. Jennifer Frank (School of Social Work)

Title: People & Places: Finding Sustainable and Human Rights-Oriented Approaches to Homelessness in Lancaster

Heidi Leitzke (Department of Art & Design)

Title: Reservoir Park Mural Project

Dr. Deborah Tamakloe (Department of Early, Middle, & Exceptional Education) and Dr. Karen Rice (School of Social Work)

Title: Growing Global Champions 


Dr. Jennifer Frank, Dr. Laura Granruth, Dr. Heather Girvin, and Brittany Leffler - Paper Trails: Using Correspondence to Create Authentic Community Connections, Building Empathy, and Decrease Social Isolation.

Dr. Laura Granruth, Dr. Jennifer Frank, and Christopher Thomas - Living the Best Life Possible: Program Evaluation of Housing Development Corporation (HDC) Resident Services.

Dr. Deborah Tamakloe - Accessibility for All: Enhancing the Curriculum with Assistive Technology (AT).

Dr. Miriam Witmer and Dr. Jiff Wimer - Color of Teaching Summer Academy III.

Dr. Jessica Hughes - Making an Impact: A Service Learning Project and Camus Event.

Dr. Jennifer Frank, Dr. Karen Rice, Dr. Laura Granruth, and Christopher Thomas - Fresh, Healthy, and Sustainable: Campus Connections to Address Student Hunger.


Dr. Richard L. Mehrenberg - Aaron's Acres Adult Recreational Program Feasibility Study.

Dr. Aaron Haines - A Community-Based Research Project to Survey Rare Bat Species in Lancaster, PA Using Citizen Science.

Dr. Jill Craven and Dr. Kevin Ghaffari - Demystifying Dyslexia: A Resource Day.

Dr. Jennifer Frank - Developing Partnerships to Create Community: The Loft as a HUB of Connection.

Dr. Deborah Tamakloe - Project a Child's Voice: Training for CASA Volunteers.

Dr. Miriam Witmer and Dr. Jeff Wimer - Project Teacher Development: A Community-University Collaboration.

Dr. Laura Brierton Granruth and Dr. Jennifer Frank - The Road Home Training Initiative Evaluation.


Dr. Caleb Corkery and Dr. Julie Pyle Childs - Millersville University Story Telling Experience (MUSE), School District of Lancaster.

Dr. Theresa Russell-Loretz - Video Production for WORLD (We Orchestrate Real Literacy        Development) and the Ore Valley Elementary School.

Dr. Carrie Smith and Dr. Laura Granruth - Developing a Taxonomy of Financial Exploitation of the               Elderly Cases, Lancaster County District Attorney's Office.


Drs. Louise Manfredi and Mark Atwater – Engineering Solutions for the Economically                        Disadvantaged in Lancaster County

Drs. Laura Brierton Granruth and Carrie Smith – Developing Taxonomy of Successful                      Outcomes in Primary Financial Exploitation Elder Abuse Cases

Dr. Changfu Chang – Lancaster Safety Coalition Promotional Video

Dr. Stacey Irwin – Project Green Lancaster 2.0 


Dr. Tracey Weis and Marilyn Parrish – "Together for Good" Oral History project celebrating 125th Anniversary of the YWCA Lancaster

Dr. Charles Geiger - Creating historical interactive maps of the Rockford Plantation

Dr. Ronal Frankum and  Monica Spiese - Conestoga Area Historical Society

2013- 2014

Nadine Garner – Nurturing the Seeds of Sustainability: Growing the American Dream

Duane Hagelgans - Emergency Operations Plan for Manor Township and Millersville Borough: Blue Rock Regional Emergency Management Agency

Karen Rice and Lenora Foels - Institute of Global Well Being and Social Change 

Richard L. Mehrenberg - “Homefield’s Insect Hotels” 

2011-2012 Engaged Scholars Profiles

2010-2011 Engaged Scholars Profiles