Who is eligible for a Civic Engagement Fund Grant?

Grants are offered to the Washington University community, including faculty, staff, and students. Unfortunately, outside entries do not qualify.

What types of projects qualify for the grants?

How do I decide which grant to apply for?

Email the Civic Engagement Fund Coordinator if you are unclear of which grant to apply for or stop by the Gephardt Institute Office in DUC 150.

What is a proposal review meeting? When should I schedule my meeting?

  • A proposal review meeting is required before submitting an application and must be completed one week prior to the application deadline.
  • The meeting will serve as a workshop for individuals who have drafted a proposal, have created a budget, and have met with possible community partners. To schedule a proposal review meeting, reach out to the Civic Engagement Fund Coordinator.

What is an informational meeting?

Informational meetings are meant to address any overarching questions you might have about a grant, related to, but not limited to creating a budget, reaching out to community partners, etc. To schedule an informational meeting, reach out to the Civic Engagement Fund Coordinator.

After submitting my application, how long until decisions are announced?

Decisions are announced within four weeks of the grant cycle deadline.

I applied for a grant in the past, but did not receive funding. Can I reapply?

If you went through the application process and did not receive funding, we encourage individuals to review their application and resubmit during the following grant cycle.

Can I apply for a grant if I have been awarded one in the past?

Yes. However, you must have a new project idea or be expanding on a previous project. Please note that we do not typically fund the same projects.

Can I apply for a grant after my project has occurred?

The Gephardt Institute does not offer retroactive funding. We provide funding to individuals in the form of reimbursement.

What do you NOT fund?

  • Internships or practica
  • Retroactive funding
  • Funds and goods intended for philanthropic donation

We received a Civic Engagement Fund grant. Now what?

Can I submit more than one proposal?

We encourage individuals to submit one proposal per cycle.

The grant I am applying for requires that I schedule a proposal review meeting, but the deadline has passed. Can I still apply for a grant?

Unfortunately, the proposal review meeting is required as part of the application and proposals who do not meet this requirement will not be considered.

Can I request a proposal review meeting after the deadline has passed, but before the application is due?

Although we would like to accommodate these sorts of requests, proposal review meetings must occur one week prior to the proposal deadline.

Is it plausible to apply for a grant that would cover transportation to and from a volunteer site?

The Civic Engagement Fund does not cover the transportation cost for volunteering, but the Gephardt Institute does offer a transportation subsidies through the CarShare Fund and the Transportation Fund for Community-Engaged Courses.