Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative

Now Accepting Applications!
Deadline: 5:00 pm EST on February 16, 2018.

The New York Community Trust has provided generous funding to CSWE to continue the Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative. This third cycle of funding will continue to seed innovation and develop new models for an integrated approach to heighten the policy skill set of undergraduate and graduate level social work students, regardless of specialization.

Criteria for Selection

Baccalaureate and master's level programs are eligible to apply for one or both types of grants (field placement and community engagement). 

CSWE will award grants for the following projects:

  • Developing or enhancing field placement experiences in policy practice
  • Creating policy-related community engagement experiences for students outside of field
  • Promoting involvement of schools of social work with organizations that contribute to knowledge about the intersections of race/ethnicity and poverty

We are interested in projects that:

  • Give visibility to the issue and include plans for generating awareness about the work
  • Expand opportunity where there is less capacity
  • Have the potential for institutionalization, or continued support by the grantee
  • Are partnerships in which the principals have an invested interest in the project and are prepared to contribute needed resources (financial and otherwise) to the project
  • Foster collaboration and integrated approaches across disciplines, and among and between schools of social work
  • Work generally to advance improvements in social work education in relationship to policy
  • Committed to documentation of the short-term impact of these innovations and sharing of these as models with other schools

Request for Proposals

The Request for Proposals (RFP) will provide you will additional information and criteria for applying to this grant.

Application Submission

APPLY HERE! Please note, the application will require you to complete form fields and upload a description of your project (3 page max.) and budget for your project. 

Click here to view a paper copy of the application before sumitting. In order to submit your application, you must use the online application system. Emailed applications will not be accepted. 


If you have questions or comments about this initiative, please contact Adrienne Walters.

Request for Proposals

Please review the Request for Proposals prior to submitting your application. 

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