Community Engagement Grants

The Office of Community Engagement awards Community Engagement Grants (CEGs) each year to support students' involvement in community engagement during the academic year and over the summer and winter breaks.  The purpose of CEGs is to develop students as active citizens and to support communities in achieving their own goals. Awards are made by a selection committee composed of previous CEG grant awardees and students, staff and faculty deeply involved in community engagement.

Community Engagement Grants are made possible through the generosity of The William & Mary Parents Fund, The Pulley Family Public Service Fellowship Endowment, the Father Kelly Endowment (of the Monteverde-Jackson Endowment), and the Christopher Wren Association.   

Summer and Winter Grants

Students identify or design their own projects that are usually associated with a social service, not-for-profit or public agency and outline their activities in a proposal that the grant committee reviews. Individual students and student groups may request any amount up to $2,000.

Each CEG award is intended to allow a student to engage in meaningful service work by defraying living expenses and other costs while performing unpaid service.  Expenses that may be supported through the grants include:

  • Expenses for service projects (supplies, transportation, etc.)
  • Program fees for service programs
  • Living expenses

Preference is given to applications that indicate that grant funds will go directly to the community, or to support reasonable living expenses for the student. Funded projects have occurred throughout the United States and overseas; special consideration is given to domestic project proposals. It is rare that travel expenses will be covered by CEGs. 

The grants are intended to support individuals or small groups.  Applicants should note that the committee will take into account other funding sources available to applicants (e.g. research grants, Branch Out financial aid, etc.) in their considerations.

Year-Round Local Grants

The Office of Community Engagement also offers grants during the academic semester ranging from $100-$1,000. These grants can be used for expenses related to student-led local community engagement programming on campus or in the local community. This might include but is not limited to: 

  • Direct sustained service
  • Partnering with a community agency to host a speaker or film screening which educates the community on an important social issue
  • Executing an alumni service program
  • Creating a program or event which connects your academic experience to a community identified need
  • Creating and publishing education or outreach material for a local non-profit

As with Winter and Summer CEGs, the projects must focus on community impact as well as positive impact on the student's development as an active citizen.  

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis via email to [[oce, oce@wm.edu]] and reviewed on a rolling basis with decisions made within three weeks of the application's submission.  Please review the CEG criteria and application page for more details.  

Funding Impact 

Each grant recipient submits three reports on their project, including sharing their biggest take-away from the funded-experience. Here are a few take-aways from our grantees. 

  • My biggest take-away was feeling like I used my time for something good. Instead of spending another week at home, I went out and learned things, met people, and improved my community, even if only in a small way.
  • Teaching, especially under such circumstances, can be extremely difficult but also equally rewarding. What we were doing was attempting to give the tools to these girls in order for them to reach their full potential and it is important that this is continued on.
  • My time in Uganda taught me to better understand that communities are diverse all across the world. Looking at each place and person in their own context allows us to better help one another.
  • Through my experience at the Boys and Girls Club of Newark, I learned that, with compassion as a driving force, we can bring progress and security to our students.
  • I have learned that things don't always work the way you plan or expect them to, especially in development, and you have to be patient and apply yourself to move forward.
  • The best kinds of cross-cultural exchanges happen when you you share something you care about deeply with others who also care about it deeply.
  • My experience with Campus Kitchens was my first leadership volunteer position here at William and Mary. This experience made me feel more comfortable in the community I now call home and better able to contribute to this community.
  • My biggest take away is that sustainable change begins at a grassroots level and must be driven by residents who are invested in the projects they pursue.

 

 

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