BreakingGround Grants Available for 2015-2016

Beverly Bickel is a clinical associate professor of language, literacy and culture at UMBC. Sara Leidner is UMBC’s Coordinator of Student Life for Student Organizations and Involvement.

Bev Bickel 3Sara Leidner 2UMBC faculty, staff and students can apply for BreakingGround grants of up to $2,000 to support courses and projects that develop civic agency: the capacity to initiate and make meaningful contributions to social change. Thanks to support from Provost Philip Rous, a total of $35,000 is available for 2015-2016.

Since BreakingGround’s launch in August 2012, members of the UMBC community have developed or redesigned 33 courses and created 18 innovative community projects with BreakingGround grant support. Read about those courses and projects here:

Jill Wrigley--Food forest installationSpring 2015 courses and projects
Fall 2014 courses and projects
Spring 2014 courses and projects
Fall 2013 courses and projects
Spring 2013 courses and projects
Fall 2012 courses and projects

The application form is available online. However, you do not need to have a fully developed concept to get started. The two of us would love to talk with you and connect you with others involved with BreakingGround to help flesh out your ideas. Contact us: Beverly to talk about grants to support courses, and Sara to talk about grants to support other civic agency-building projects. We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact the authors: Beverly Bickel at, and Sara Leidner at

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