Grants & Funding Opportunities

The Center for Civic Engagement provides grants and seed funding to support service and social action throughout the United States and abroad. Examples of funded projects include an internship with an urban garden focused on food justice, medical mission work in the Dominican Republic, and a summer-long service experience with an orphanage in Bolivia.

If you want to extend your opportunities for service further, consider applying for a grant to fund your next service project. There are a variety of grants available to fund student service projects.

Bonner Scholars Community Fund (Rolling)

The Community Fund recognizes service projects that benefit the local area. In addition to grants provided by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Bonner Scholars Community Fund provides funding for service projects, and the allocation process is student-run. The timeline for proposal submission and review is done on a rolling basis by submitting an application (DOC). For more information, contact director of the Bonner Scholars Program Kristin Booher at krbooher@davidson.edu.

Class of '89 Fund (Spring only)

The Class of '89 Fund supports any summer-long internship or project that combines a student's personal/academic skills and interests with a service opportunity or community need.

Jo Anne Shackelford Memorial Grant (Rolling)

The Office Support Staff awards $200 annually for a local community service project. Applications will be evaluated on the extent to which they embody the spirit of Jo Anne Shackelford—specifically, how they involve and benefit youth.

Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace Grant

Students or groups of students can apply for a $10,000 grant to support projects that promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties (projects undertaken during Summer 2017). Projects for Peace encourages student initiative, innovation, and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution, or reconciliation. For more information, contact program coordinator Kyle Goodfellow at kygoodfellow@davidson.edu

Leonard Fund (Spring only)

Supported by Paul '62 and Judy Leonard, the Leonard Fund supports students' summer service projects, ranging from international to domestic to local service.

Robert T. Stone Fund (Rolling)

Established in memory of Robert Stone, the Robert T. Stone Fund provides students with the opportunity to design environmental service projects that combine academic and personal interests.

Grant Applications

Unless otherwise specified, students interested in applying for fall grants should complete one common application for multiple funding sources. Applications for the Fall 2016 grant cycle for projects undertaken during Fall 2016 or Winter Break are reviewed on a rolling basis, but should be submitted no later than Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Please note that the Bonner Scholars Community Fund and Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace Grant follow separate application processes. For more information on grants, contact program coordinator Kyle Goodfellow at kygoodfellow@davidson.edu.

Application Deadlines

  • Civic Engagement Grants: reviewed on a rolling basis (see above)
  • Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace Grants: will be announced in early Sept. 2016

Information Session & Workshop Dates

Civic Engagement Grants:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 11 a.m. in Union Room 313
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. in Union Room 313

Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace Grants:

  • Thursday, Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in Chambers 1062
  • Sunday, Oct. 23 at noon in Chambers 1062

Appointments to discuss grants can be scheduled at any time by contacting Kyle Goodfellow at kygoodfellow@davidson.edu.