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.

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



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