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Branch Out Reorientation Grants

About the Grants

The vision of Branch Out alternative breaks is to create a community of active and educated members of society dedicated to the pursuit of social justice. 

Branch Out Reorientation Grants support students who have been involved in a Branch Out alternative break and want to deepen their alternative break experience by connecting to local issues after their break trip.  In the process, Reorientation Grants will help develop students as active citizens and support communities locally and elsewhere in the US in achieving their own goals.

Reorientation Grants support student-designed projects or expenses incurred during full-time volunteer service and internships in collaboration with a community organization.

Applying for a Grant
description of application process and criteria
Groups or Individual Applications
You may apply for grants as individuals or as groups.  Some alternative break teams may choose to apply for funding together.  Because social change happens most effectively when people work together, we prioritize group projects (even if just one member was a former breaker).
Timeline and Selection Process

Applications are accepted year-round, on a rolling basis. Awards are made by a selection committee composed of Branch Out Student leaders, and other students, staff and faculty deeply involved in community engagement.

Projects may take place during the school year, school breaks, or both.  Funding may support up to a year of community engagement. 
Amount and Use of Funds

You may request any amount up to $1000 for each project.

Funds may be used for the following purposes:

  • supplies and project needs
  • for travel costs during local volunteering
  • to defray living expenses while volunteering full-time
Selection Criteria

Preference is given to applications that indicate that grant funds will go directly to the community or project.  International projects will not be funded.


Funds are provided through the generosity of Students Serve, which provides funding for college and graduate students to implement service projects, or what they call “serviceships,” in their communities. The process is coordinated by [[mcporter, Melody Porter]].