Western Kentucky University

ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships

Community Partnership Funds (CPFs)


Community Partnership Funds (CPF) is a funding program that provides the opportunity for faculty, staff, students, or members of the community to implement campus and community partnership projects that address social issues locally and abroad. CPFs support public problem-solving through service-learning, community development or community-based research.


The overall goals/outcomes for the Community Partnership Funds program include the following:

  • Stimulate engagement and partnership efforts across or within academic departments as well as with the broader community
  • Address wide variety of community issues and priorities
  • Expand and improve understanding of partnership
  • Link university and community assets
  • Facilitate empowering, sustainable solutions for public problems

Statement of Eligibility

Faculty, staff, students, or members of the community can initiate campus and community partnership projects; however, a WKU employee must serve as fiscal agent. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged. Funds may be used for WKU personnel costs (faculty offload/release time, staff/student stipends, etc.) and project expenses. WKU state discretionary spending policies apply. Ability to demonstrate matching funds and/or in-kind support is encouraged

If you are planning to submit a proposal, contact Lauren Cunningham, WKU ALIVE Center, at 270-782-0966 or lauren.cunningham@wku.edu.

Annual Application Deadlines (We are not currently accepting applications)

  • November 1
  • April 1
  • July 1

Funding Categories

(See CPF Application page for track descriptions)

  • Service-Learning Track - Up to $500
  • Community Development Track - Up to $1,500
  • Public Research Track - Up to $3,000


Required Criteria

1. Community Involvement

The community constituent will:

Bring both needs and assets to the partnership

Be active in developing project idea, planning, setting goals/outcomes, determining use of funds, implementing project, evaluating, and reporting.

2. WKU Ethos

Partnerships will align with WKU mission, vision, and strategic goals

Projects that incorporate community-based learning tools such as service-learning, community-based research or other forms of public scholarship are encouraged

3. Identified Needs Categories

Partnerships will address issues relevant to one or more of the identified needs categories (Click here for information on project areas)

4. Regional Impact

Projects that address issues in the regional communities across WKU’s 27-country service region are encouraged (LINK TO MAP)

5. Sustainability

Partnerships will:

  • Give attention to long-term benefit or impact
  • Show consideration of underlying systemic issues and processes that contribute to the project focus
  • Improve a community’s capacity towards self-sufficiency
  • Show potential for replicable outcomes (where appropriate)

6. Assessment process

Partnerships will:

  • Have clear, measurable project outcomes
  • Include an evaluation mechanism
 Last Modified 3/21/14