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Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative

The Policy Practice in Field Initiative was created to seed innovation and develop new models for an integrated approach to enhance the policy skill set of all social work students regardless of specialization. Initially funded by The Fund for Social Policy Education and Practice and the Casey Family Programs, this initiative is now generously funded by The New York Community Trust.

Funds provided to CSWE are re-granted to schools and programs of social work for field placement and community engagement experiences. Following a structured selection process, awardees are chosen to plan and/or implement innovative projects.

Cycle 4 Grant Round Now Open!

CSWE will award between 10-15 grants during this round in the amount of $10,000 each. Applicants must choose between two programs, Field Placement or Community Engagement. If your institution is a previous grantee under this program, you are not eligible to apply.

Applicants must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) via email to Cydne Smith Nash. The LOI should contain the following information:

  • Name and Address of Institution
  • Name, Address, Phone, Email of proposed Project Director
  • Proposed program type (Field Placement OR Community Engagement)
  • Synopsis of proposed project (200 words max.)
  • Approximate proposed budget

Once your LOI is reviewed and approved, you will be given a link to the grant application. For more details, please refer to the Request For Proposals and Appendix A.  

Important Dates
LOI due: January 31, 2020
Proposal Application due: February 28, 2020
Awards announced: April 2020
Project period: May 2020 - April 2021

For questions or additional information, please contact

Click here to see past grantees.



Case Study Booklet

We are pleased to share the case study summaries from Cycles 1 and 2 of the Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative. Click here for the case studies (PDF).