Criteria & Requirements


Grants will be awarded only to complete applications, based on:

  • Positive impact on the community.  How will your project build on the assets of and meet the needs of the community with whom you're working?  Preference is given to students working with grassroots and community-led projects.
  • Positive impact on the student(s).  How will you take what you learn and apply it to future studies, career and life choices?  How will you intentionally integrate critical reflection into your work?  Are you prepared to be effective in this community setting (with appropriate skills and knowledge of the issue and community)?
  • The project's use of the power of groups.  Because social change happens most effectively when people work together, we prioritize group projects (even if just one member was a former breaker).  
  • Appropriateness of financial request.  Preference is given to projects where funds support community projects or your own reasonable expenses, rather than a third-party provider fee.
  • Degree of student's/students' financial need.  Preference is given when students are contributing to expenses themselves or face difficult financial circumstances.
  • Connection to alternative break experience.
  • All awardees must submit an evaluation of their experience, due September 1 for summer break projects and April 1 for year-round and other projects.  Guidelines for that evaluation will be included with your award information. 
  • Reorientation Grant Awards are subject to tax, and must be reported as taxable income to the IRS.
  • Reorientation Grants will not fund service that takes place during scheduled finals.
  • Recipients must return to campus at William and Mary for at least one semester after receiving a Reorientation Grant.
  • Service that involves religious instruction or proselytizing will not be funded, but service as part of a faith-based organization that does not involve the above activities is acceptable
  • International projects will not be funded.