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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)

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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.

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 2019). Projects for Peace encourages student initiative, innovation, and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution, or reconciliation. Proposals are due via WildcatSync in late January 2019. 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 spring 2019 grant cycle are due on a rolling basis on WildcatSync prior to Friday, February 22. 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 Assistant Director for Civic Engagement.

Application Deadlines

  • Civic Engagement Fall 2018 Grants: due on a rolling basis prior to Friday, Nov. 15
  • Projects for Peace Grant Proposals: late Jan. 2019
  • Civic Engagement Spring 2019 Grants: due on Friday, Feb. 22

Information Session & Workshop Dates

  • Nov. 15 at 5:15 p.m. in the Arthur Vining Davis Room (313) of the Alvarez Student Union
  • Jan. 27 at 5:15 p.m. in the Morcott Room (302) of the Alvarez Student Union

Appointments to discuss grants can be scheduled at any time by contacting the Assistant Director for Civic Engagement.