Campus & Faculty Grants
As a valuable member service, we offer a wide variety of grant opportunities for CCCU campuses and faculty members.
Networking Grants for Christian Scholars
The CCCU Networking Grants are made possible by the continued, long-term commitment and generous endowment of Walter and Darlene Hansen, in memory of his parents, Ken and Jean Hansen. Their series of gifts to advance faculty development in the 1990s included inaugural funding for this project leading to the creation of an endowment in 1999, together with the originating vision. In 2020, the Christian Community Credit Union committed a generous gift that has enabled the program to enlarge the amount of the initiative grant.
Networking Grants for Christian Scholars were created to encourage collaborative scholarship among faculty serving at our institutions and to connect these faculty with broader networks of scholars and professionals. The program’s goal is to create and disseminate high-quality scholarship that brings Christian voices into contemporary academic conversations.
Applicants may choose from two options:
Planning Grants: Up to three one-year grants of up to $5,000 to networking teams to plan research projects.
Initiative Grants: Up to three three-year grants of up to $30,000 to networking teams to implement research projects
Immigration Programming Grants
Programming grants are available to CCCU institutions who participated in the Immigration Summits hosted in 2020 at Bethel University (IN) or Vanguard University. Eligible institutions can receive a grant for $1,000 to implement immigration-focused programming on campus. This grant will require an institution to host four immigration events in total: two campus-wide events and two smaller student-led events. All events must be hosted in Fall 2020 and will require follow up reporting. If interested in applying, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the support of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the CCCU was honored to host a full day meeting in July 2019 for member institutions engaged in or interested in pursuing prison education. This initial meeting led to the creation of the CCCU Prison Education Task Force. The task force gathers together on a monthly conference call to brainstorm ideas for future grant funding and events. Please email Jacob Dunlap at Jdunlap@cccu.org for more information.
Christian Leadership in a Multifaith World
Through generous support from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the CCCU has partnered with the Interfaith Youth Core to develop an online curriculum, titled “Christian Leadership in a Multifaith World,” that explores the Christian foundation for interfaith engagement, builds students’ religious literacy, and equips students to lead bridge-building activities in their communities. Faculty and staff on CCCU campuses were invited to apply for individual grants to use the pilot curriculum with their students in 2021.
At the CCCU, we are committed to the idea of resilient discipleship. We want to equip and empower our students to build a resilient faith, and to better understand their own beliefs by engaging with the beliefs of others. A recent groundbreaking longitudinal study of 20,000+ college students across the country showed that students who took part in activities that intentionally engaged religious diversity simultaneously deepened their commitment to their own religious identity.
Inclusion Innovation Collaborative
The CCCU was awarded a grant through the American Immigration Council to become a part of the Inclusion Innovation Collaborative, which will support the development and scaling of projects that build more inclusive and welcoming communities across the United States. Six CCCU institutions have been selected to receive funding to promote programs that engage their students in work with other groups in their cities to create more inclusive communities. The CCCU has received additional funding for a year two cohort. The request for proposals is available here.
Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities
Organized by Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford (SCIO), the CCCU’s UK subsidiary, with funding from Templeton Religion Trust (TRT) and the Blankemeyer Foundation, the Bridging the Two Cultures project ran for two cohorts between 2015-2019. There is now an exciting follow up opportunity for the 49 faculty and 34 CCCU institutions that participated. TRT only accepts invited proposals and they have invited the 49 faculty members to each submit proposals for their small grants projects asking for grants lasting up to three years and $234,000. The SCIO team is supporting this effort offering guidance to faculty.
The CCCU and Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford (SCIO), the CCCU’s U.K. subsidiary, have received a $2.1 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to launch Supporting Structures, a project designed to support and enhance STEM research among faculty and students on CCCU campuses.
This multi-faceted project will incorporate training, support, and events for faculty members, students, senior administrators, and the communities that feed into and support these institutions. It will expand research opportunities among existing, pre-tenure faculty members in the STEM fields and offer training to deepen their understanding of and engagement with issues pertaining to science, religion, and society. Additionally, the project has a specific fund dedicated to help participating campuses enhance diversity among their STEM faculty.
Logos: Texts and Manuscripts
Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford (SCIO), the CCCU’s UK subsidiary, completed their 2020 workshop (held remotely), with funding provided by Steve and Jackie Green. Begun in 2012, the project brings together 30 up-and-coming biblical scholars (graduate students or graduating seniors headed to graduate school), a majority of whom historically have studied at CCCU institutions; faculty from CCCU institutions have also participated and regularly contribute to Logos. This two-week summer workshop combines lectures and workshops to advance the work of these developing scholars. The 2020 workshop lecture series featured a diverse range of speakers on issues of public engagement, the role of theological institutions upholding justice and supporting the marginalized, digitizing texts found in St. Catherine’s monastery in the Sinai, and the representation of Christianity in the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The Dellenback Fellowship is designed to support the long-term viability of Christ-centered higher education on campuses outside of North America. The program connects experienced academic administrators who have an interest in developing Christian higher education abroad with CCCU international affiliates who request assistance.
Past Fellows have traveled to Bolivia, Ecuador, Haiti, Kenya, Korea, Russia, Taiwan and Uganda.
The Dellenback Fellowship funds travel to and from the host institution. Institutions that host a Dellenback Fellow are expected to cover all on-ground costs for the Fellow while that individual is providing service to the institution.
Stan Rosenberg, CCCU’s vice president for research and scholarship, administers the program.
Those who are interested in learning more about the Dellenback Fellowship can contact Nita Stemmler, CCCU’s program consultant, at email@example.com.
This is an open call for applications. No deadline for requests exists. Review of requests began on June 1, 2016 and is ongoing. Additional requests will continue to be considered as long as supporting funds remain.
Institutions interested in hosting a Dellenback Fellow, please complete the online request form.
Economic Impact Studies
America’s Christian Credit Union (ACCU) provided funding to support CCCU institutions in pursuing institution-specific economic impact reports through eConcult Solutions. This is a part of a larger, groundbreaking study conducted on the “National Economic Impact of Christian Higher Education.” The following CCCU institutions have received eConsult grants: Anderson University, Asbury University, Greenville University, Lee University, Simpson University, and Vanguard University.