MiddChallenge Grants, formerly known as CSE Summer Grants, is an innovative idea competition that helps you turn your idea into reality. Anyone interested in pursuing summertime funding through the CSE is now encouraged to apply to MiddChallenge, under the category of Social Entrepreneurship.
A 2013 Summer Grant Recipient, Rabeya Jawaid ’16, trained 20 young deaf women in Karachi, Pakistan in sewing and screen printing alongside classes in sign language and entrepreneurial skills.
MiddChallenge grant applications are due on March 27, with pitches from finalists taking place on Saturday April 4. This year we will accept proposals in four categories: Business (co-hosted with Midd Ventures Community), Arts, Education/Outreach/Policy and this year, for the first time ever, Social Entrepreneurship. The Social Entrepreneurship category was formerly known as the CSE Summer Grants Challenge and will be co-hosted by the Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Finalists in all categories will pitch to win $3,000 for summer grant money and two projects will be selected in each category. If you are interested in applying in the social entrepreneurship category, please see past years’ ideas for inspiration and an outline of application requirements.
To be considered, a student (or group of students) must prepare a written description of the project (who, what, where, how) including expected outcomes and prospects for future impact (not to exceed two pages) as well as a budget for the $3,000 grant (budget not to exceed one page). Proposals should include pre-approval of all involved community partner parties and organizations involved in the project. Please include your name, ID number, nationality, and whether you have applied for other funding opportunities. Students must include their own fundraising plan to complement Middlebury’s grant. The two-page proposal and one-page budget should be submitted electronically to Heather Neuwirth, Associate Director of PCI and MCSE, before or at 5:00 pm on Monday March 27, 2015. Email applications to: email@example.com
How will the proposals be submitted and judged?
On April 4 2015, the top chosen proposals in each of these areas will be invited to pitch their idea for 10 minutes to an expert panel of judges made up of alumni, community members and faculty. Two projects in each category will be chosen to win.
How will the grants be awarded?
The intention is to fund five projects this summer. All projects will receive $3,000. Grants are made upon assurance that the project proposed will, in fact, be undertaken during the summer of 2015.
Middlebury students (first year-senior year) will be eligible to submit grant applications for projects that bring about positive social change in the world.
We seek applications that touch on the most important qualities of a liberal arts student—clear analytical thinking, excellent communications, self-confidence, creativity and initiative.
Questions for students to answer:
What differentiates you from others who may be applying for this grant in terms of your skills and talents?
How will you translate those skills and talents into a project related to improving the lives for those living in your community?
How will you draw on the expertise of professors, staff, and your fellow students at Middlebury, or in the community, to develop a project that is both practical and can be implemented within the budget. How will you fundraise and how much will you fundraise?
What is required for each project’s final report?
Each funded project must submit a final report to the CSE. It will contain 5 pages of narrative using the final report form on the MCSE website. It also includes a separate one-page accounting of the funds expended. Students must include a 3-5 minute video and 3 digital photos, attaching them to the end of their two-page final report. Reports will be posted on the program’s website.