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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.

Community Fund Grant (Sponsored by Bonner)

Rolling
The Community Fund Grant recognizes service projects that benefit the local area. In addition to grants provided by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Community Fund Grant 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 (login required). 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

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The Jo Anne Shackelford Memorial Grant awards up to $500 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 2018). Projects for Peace encourages student initiative, innovation, and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution, or reconciliation. Proposals are due on WildcatSync in late January 2018. For more information, please review the call for proposals (PDF) or contact us with any questions.

Leonard Fund

Spring Only
Supported by Paul ('62) and Judy Leonard, the Leonard Fund Grant supports students' summer service projects, community internships, service travel or community project development.

Robert T. Stone Fund

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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 summer grants should complete one common application for multiple funding sources. Applications for the fall 2017 grant cycle are due on a rolling basis on WildcatSync prior to Friday, November 17. The grant committee will use the following rubric (PDF) when assessing applications. 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 the program coordinator.

Application Deadlines

  • Civic Engagement Fall 2017 Grants: due on a rolling basis prior to Friday, November 17
  • Projects for Peace Grant Proposals: late January 2018
  • Civic Engagement Spring 2018 Grants: due on Friday, February 23

Information Session & Workshop Dates

  • October 5 at 11 a.m. in the Morcott Room of the Alvarez Student Union
  • October 17 at 5 p.m. in the Morcott Room of the Alvarez Student Union

Appointments to discuss grants can be scheduled at any time by contacting Rob Gay at rogay@davidson.edu.