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Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement

The Tisch Fund application period for the 2019-2020 academic year is now open!

About the Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement

The Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement aims to fund innovative initiatives and events that have a clear connection to civic life. We especially seek proposals that:

  • Demonstrate innovation and creativity in addressing issues affecting civic life including but not limited to promoting diversity and equity, education, political participation, environment and food justice, technology and other societal issues.
  • Include adequate training and/or preparation for stakeholders (including Tufts students) involved
  • Seek to apply what is learned in the classroom, bring theory to practice
  • Build connections across disciplines and fields.

Funding will be considered for student groups and organizations, or individual students who plan to engage students and groups from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines in their work. Priority will be given to projects that also engage communities beyond the Tufts campus in a meaningful and ethical way.

Funding Breakdown

  • Up to $500 for individual applicants groups from the same school
  • Up to $1,000 student groups from the same school
  • Up to 1,500 Student groups including students from different Tufts schools or professional degree programs.

    *Applicants must be currently enrolled in Tufts university schools and professional programs. For cross-school initiatives, all parties involved must be stakeholders involved in the planning and execution of the project.

Only applications whose project deadlines or events are a minimum of three weeks away will be accepted. For example, if you are applying for funding for an event on November 20th, you should apply by the October 1st deadline.

Applications may be submitted for the next deadline after the previous passes, but they will not be reviewed until the deadline has passed. If you would like your application to be reviewed before the deadline, please email describing your reason.

Throughout the application and disbursement process, Tisch College may provide suggestions for outreach, partners, and other event details to support the success of the project.


  • We will only consider projects that take place during the academic year (includes winter break!) of your school. Projects that have a beginning or end date outside of the academic calendar are not eligible for funding.
  • Not events or projects that endorse a political candidate.
  • Not fund speaker fees or honorariums, cover stipends or gifts
  • Not directly pay persons or vendors for services to be provided as a part of a Tisch Fund project
  • The Tisch Fund will not cover individual conference attendance. Note for Fletcher students: The Tisch Fund will not cover Treks.

Please refer to the evaluation criteria when submitting a Tisch Fund application.

Interested in submitting a Tisch Fund application?
Contact Brianda Hernandez, Student Programs Administrator, at

Medical students should contact Jennifer Greer-Morrissey, TUSM Community Service-Learning Coordinator, at Dental students should contact Nancy Marks, TUSDM Community Service-Learning Coordinator, at

Funding for Activities on Racial Issues and Civic Dialogue

Political and social developments in the United States have inspired a renewed wave of student activism aimed at addressing issues of race and discrimination. The influx of polarizing speech and discourse has also spurred interest in improving dialogue across various differences and viewpoints. Recognizing the need for seed funding and advising to support initiatives related to these topics, Tisch College reserves a certain amount of funding specifically for students whose projects aim to address these issues.

Students who are awarded funding also receive feedback, advising resources, and opportunities to present their work. The application and criteria for funding are the same as for the general Tisch Fund projects.

More Information

Contact Brianda Hernandez, Student Programs Administrator, at

Medical students should contact Jennifer Greer-Morrissey, TUSM CSL Coordinator, at Dental students should contact Nancy Marks, TUSDM CSL Coordinator, at

Funded Projects

Read about projects supported by the Tisch Fund in 2017-2018.
dental student with assisting high school student

Help for a Clinic's Helpers

The Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement has supported dental students who become mentors to kids from Madison Park, a technical vocational high school in Boston.