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 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 2017). Projects for Peace encourages student initiative, innovation, and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution, or reconciliation. Proposals are due on WildcatSync by Friday, Jan. 29, 2017 at midnight. For more information, please review the call for proposals (PDF) or contact program coordinator Kyle Goodfellow at kygoodfellow@davidson.edu

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 (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 summer grants should complete one common application for multiple funding sources. Applications for the spring 2017 grant cycle for projects undertaken during summer 2017 are due on WildcatSync by Friday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. 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 program coordinator Kyle Goodfellow at kygoodfellow@davidson.edu.

Application Deadlines

  • Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace Grants: Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at midnight
  • Civic Engagement Grants: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Information Session & Workshop Dates

Check back in early 2017 to learn about upcoming information sessions.

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