ACCU-CRS Global Solidarity Grants

Over the past three years, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) have offered Global Solidarity Grants of up to $3,000 to ACCU member institutions to facilitate creative projects that advance Catholic mission through global solidarity. The selected projects are innovative and high-impact, combining prayer, spiritual development, and the examination of values with educational objectives. 

2016 Global Solidarity Grant Winners

Two types of grants are being awarded this year –CRS Student Ambassadors grants and CRS Global Campus grants.

Appropriate projects will draw on the programs and resources of CRS University Engagement. Projects that promote collaboration across campus (i.e., between academic and student life areas), reach a significant portion of the campus population, incorporate advocacy and have a digital and traditional media dimension are highly regarded.  Projects must involve students in a significant way but must have a faculty or staff sponsor.

Student Ambassador Grants

Student Ambassadors Grants are awarded to campuses who wish to establish a new CRS Student Ambassador program, or strengthen an existing CRS Student Ambassadors program to expand their reach on campus and increase future program sustainability. The grants can be used to train and form student leaders or appropriate faculty and staff to build or strengthen the Student Ambassadors program.  The following universities have been awarded a Student Ambassadors Grant for 2016:

Caldwell University

Georgian Court University

Immaculata University

University of the Incarnate Word

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Saint Martin’s University


Global Campus Grant

Campuses with an established Student Ambassadors program are encouraged to submit a creative project promoting global solidarity that will help move the campus toward or strengthen an existing CRS Global Campus designation.  Projects are expected to be carried out during the 2017 spring semester.  A key aspect of becoming a CRS Global Campus is to establish an inter-disciplinary stakeholder committee to guide and implement the partnership.  Successful proposals will address how campuses will establish or strengthen these committees through a shared project.  Examples of projects include institutionalizing the CRS Faculty Learning Commons on campus, establishing or enhancing global solidarity events during a campus mission week, or a campus-wide campaign (educational, spiritual, action, fundraising) to promote an aspect of global solidarity.

Assumption College: Educating for Global Solidarity: Enhancing and Sustaining Lenten Activities

Assumption College will be enriching Lent on campus through educational activities focused on migration. Programs include screening “The Vigil” followed by a discussion with film’s immigrant protagonists and the filmmaker, a “Teach-in” on migration, and a Migration Walk and reception featuring artwork of unaccompanied refugee minors from the local community.

Saint Vincent College: Building Global Solidarity through Action and Outreach

Saint Vincent College students will participate in faculty-led projects, focused on service learning opportunities, advocacy, and community outreach. Projects will focus on areas such as climate change, peacebuilding, immigration and refugees, human trafficking, fair trade, economic development, and food security. The projects will have a service outreach component in the local community through outreach to local parishes, schools, and organizations.

Our Lady of the Lake University: Global Solidarity: Caring for Our Mother Earth

Our Lady of the Lake University is organizing a one-day conference to educate the campus and local San Antonio community on Laudato Si’. The conference will address the practical implications of the encyclical and the responsibility all have in caring for the planet.

The Catholic University of America: I Am Migration

The Catholic University of America is planning a video contest as a way of promoting awareness of the contributions and challenges of migrants and refugees.  Students were encouraged to submit videos reflecting on the question “What is solidarity?” The contest will culminate in an “I Am Migration” panel discussion with experts on migration, Catholic University of America students who are migrants, and a faculty member from the Catholic Relief Services Global Campus Committee.

Read about the 2015 grant winners' projects.

Read about the 2014 grant winners' projects.

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