Island University Encourages Community Outreach with New Grant Program for Faculty and Staff

Published: November 20, 2017

Island University Encourages Community Outreach with New Grant Program for Faculty and Staff

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – In the world of academia and research, it is common practice to apply for external grant funding to help get a project off the ground. The Office of Community Outreach at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has developed a new internal grant program that aims to provide financial support to Island University faculty and staff who have a project idea that has to do with community outreach.

“I have had this idea for a while but it became evident that I needed to make it available to the campus community after I heard Dr. Quintanilla’s “Impact Speech” at the State of the University address in September,” said Joe Miller, Director of Community Outreach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “We wanted to make it easier for the campus community to give back to the Coastal Bend and be able to put an outreach idea into action.”

The goal of the Impact Multiplier Grant (IMG) program, which will award up to $2,500 to faculty and staff each fall and spring semester, is to facilitate immediate and long-term ripple effects of community engagement projects. Interested faculty and staff can submit their grant applications online now through Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.  

“The Island University is committed to cultivating and promoting a research culture that nurtures quality scholarship,” said Dr. Ahmed Mahdy, Interim Vice President for Research, Commercialization and Outreach. “We are fortunate to have such an innovative and dynamic group of researchers. The impact of their work can be felt on many levels and fronts including our South Texas region.”

Miller says IMG evolved as an extension of the Broader Impacts program.

“Broader Impacts was created to help develop and support a campus culture that is focused on being impactful and will leave a lasting legacy on the community,” said Miller.

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for projects that have the potential for long-term changes that will continue beyond initially-funded activities. Proposals can vary from requesting funds to supplement an existing grant or project to jumpstarting a new project. Grant applications should also have a timeline of completion within the calendar year following the award date.

Grant winners will be chosen by a selection committee including Ann Degaish, Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Success and Dean of Students; Joe Miller, Director of Community Outreach; Jamie Nodarse Barrera, Assistant Vice President of Development; Kellie Smith, Interim Coordinator for the Center for Faculty Excellence and Trent Thigpen, Program Manager of the Pollution Prevention Partnership and AutoCheck. Winners will be notified by Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

“I saw this as an opportunity to serve the community,” said Miller. “We are in a unique position here at the University – we have the expertise, but we need to engage the people across campus who have the heart for outreach but just need additional funds.”

For more information on the IMG program, contact Joe Miller at; 361.825.5967; or visit and click “Impact Multiplier Grants.”