The Office of Community Engagement awards Community Engagement Grants (CEGs) each year to support students' involvement in community engagement. Grant-funded experiences develop students as active citizens and to support communities in achieving their own goals.
Community Engagement Grants are made possible through the generosity of The William & Mary Parents Fund, The Pulley Family Public Service Fellowship Endowment, and The Monteverde-Jackson Endowment.
*Summer 2020 Remote Service Community Engagement Grants*
For Summer 2020, the Office of Community Engagement is going digital with our community engagement grants. In light of COVID-19 and a concern for public health, this summer OCE is only funding community experiences which can be completed remotely.
- Create infographics and other visuals to highlight the impact of the organization's work
- Create, edit, or update an organizations online presence including website and social media
- Conduct phone or video interviews and oral histories with volunteers, donors, and clients
- Compile and analyze data
- Research and draft grant application
- Facilitate digital public engagement like Zoom public meetings and online surveys
- Create video trainings
- Whatever you can imagine that can be done remotely and benefits your community partner
Because remote internships have fewer direct expenses, grant funding will generally be given as in recognition of your unpaid service at a rate of $10/hour. More details about the financial elements are included in the application.
Summer 2020 applications are due by April 21.
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 may request up to $2,000 and student groups may request up to $4,000.
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 students' reasonable living expenses. Funded projects may occur in the United States or abroad, but special consideration is given to domestic 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.
Between Fall 2014 and Spring 2018, The Office of Community Engagement distributed more than $135,000 to 200 recipients.
Each grant recipient submits three reports on their project, including sharing their biggest lesson from the funded-experience. Here are a few reflections from our grantees.