BC Rural Community Engaged Learning Fund

The BC Rural Community Engaged Learning Fund enables faculty to give students the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom in collaboration with partners in BC’s rural and northern communities.


The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Centre for Community Engaged Learning are pleased to offer funding to instructors teaching courses that include remote community engaged learning (CEL) opportunities for their students. This funding is intended to support collaborations between UBC students and organizations located in BC communities outside of the Lower Mainland, and other urban centres across the Province.


Faculty members are invited to apply for up to $5,000 per course for the 2018/2019 academic year.  The funding is intended to cover:

  • Student travel to remote locations
  • Student accommodation in rural locations
  • Community events related to student projects – e.g. catering or venues for consultation events or workshops
  • Stipends for community partners who offer their time to support the student projects
  • Project supplies
  • Other costs directly related to the remote CEL collaborations

Please note that only economy standard travel and accommodation will be funded. Funds are not intended for capital investments such as the purchase of teleconferencing equipment.  Students who benefit from this funding will be expected to provide a short report, story, or video describing their experience working with a rural community partner.

Click here for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Funding Eligibility

Applicants for funding must be UBC faculty members or instructors interested in creating an eligible community-based experiential learning opportunity for students. Funding is intended to support collaboration between organizations located in BC communities outside of the Lower Mainland and UBC faculty or instructors and students.

The following criteria are important during the application process:

  • The project must be located in a rural community in British Columbia.
  • The project plan must describe learning outcomes for students, community and faculty — what the community can learn from UBC and what UBC can learn from the community.
  • It must be a group project (individual placements such as internships and practicums are not eligible).
  • The project must have emerged through collaboration between community partner(s) and UBC faculty or instructors.

Community Partners

If you have a general interest in partnering with a UBC faculty member or instructor and want to send a brief summary of your project idea or community need, please visit the Centre for Community Engaged Learning’s Connect With Us* page.


We are not currently accepting applications for the BC Rural Community Engaged Learning Fund. If you have a project that would benefit from this funding, please contact ikblc.bookings@ubc.ca and we will direct your inquiry.

Successful Projects

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