When it comes to obtaining support for a project or a venture, Middlebury students have access to a wide array of funding options. Here are some programs to explore:
Through MiddChallenge, the SE provides multiple grants of $3,000 for social innovation projects to be implemented over the summer. Additional categories include Business, Arts and Education, Outreach and Policy.
MiddSTART is Middlebury’s own crowdsourced funding platform. It’s a fantastic way for anyone, including alumni, to support current students in their endeavors. It’s often used for MAlt trips, but it’s a great place to get funding for a variety of projects.
Middlebury is pleased to be a participating member of Davis Projects for Peace, a program that honors Kathryn Wasserman Davis, a philanthropist who is interested in finding new ways to advance world peace. Mrs. Davis chose to celebrate her centennial birthday four years ago by committing $1 million dollars to fund “100 Projects for Peace.” Undergraduate students at more than 90 college campuses across the United States, including Middlebury students, are eligible to design and submit proposals that address the goal of improving the prospects for peace in the 21st century. The top submissions from the participating campuses, including at least one from Middlebury, will receive funding of $10,000 from Mrs. Davis with which to initiate projects anywhere in the world during the summer of that year.
An additional project is funded each year by President Ron Liebowitz. He chooses to put resources from the presidential discretionary fund towards a second project because he believes that “the values that this project represent touches on what are among the most important ones a liberal arts education can impart to its students—clear analytical thinking, excellent communications, self-confidence, creativity and initiative.”
This mini-grant program is for student initiatives involving community action: EIA helps students fund independent activities and/or projects that are not otherwise fully funded by another department or student organization. Applications should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the date of the proposed activity or project. On the website, click the link to “Civic Engagement Funding – EIA” to download the mini-grant application forms.
Looking to fund a dinner for the homeless shelter? Want to take a service trip over winter break? The Service Cluster Board can provide funding to an array of project types, especially those that are community oriented. Applications can be found online and must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event. On the website, click the link to “Service Cluster Board Flex Fund” to download the mini-grant application forms.
Each year, the Environmental Council requests three rounds of grant proposals for projects that advance leadership in sustainability and environmental citizenship. Grants range from $25 to $2500 and fund initiatives both on and off campus. We have found that the most successful projects are collaborative and creative — bringing together groups and individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds and providing a new solution to a difficult problem. From more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Up to $2,200 total will be awarded every fall for one or several creative student projects that benefit Middlebury students, the environment, or the community. These awards are intended to fund projects that would not qualify for other existing sources of funding.
Your commons’ office just might be the next best place to get some financial support. They love to support students, especially for event that promote social endeavors on campus. Ask your Commons Council. RA or CRA if your project could be funded!
If you have a great idea for a project that you feel is related to student organization on campus, such as the MMC or GlobeMed, these groups can often budget for side projects that passionate students need funding to complete.
The OSM Advisory board funds small, micro-philanthropic endeavors for creative projects that are implemented by OSM tenants.
Lastly, the Student Funding Database is an extensive listing of funding sources—internal (Middlebury) and external—that has been compiled for Middlebury students and young alumni to search. If you are seeking ways to fund your internship, research, independent project, or other projects, this is a great place to start.