Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement
The Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement welcomes requests from Tufts University students for funding of events, projects, and programs with a clear connection to civic life. We especially seek proposals that:
- Demonstrate innovation and creativity
- Include adequate training/preparation for participants
- Address a community-identified need
Funding will be considered for student groups and organizations, or individual students who plan to engage other students in their work. Priority will be given to projects that also engage communities beyond the Tufts campus. Individual applicants may apply for up to $500 in funding, and groups from the same school may apply for up to $1,000 in funding. Groups including students from different Tufts schools or professional degree programs are eligible for up to $1,500 in funding. Applicants must all be current Tufts University students. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with multiple deadlines throughout the academic year.
The Tisch Fund is designed to support student-centered work that incorporates meaningful civic learning and engagement. To that end, we will:
- Only consider projects that take place during the academic year. Projects that have a beginning or end date outside of the academic calendar are not eligible for funding.
- Not support events or projects that endorse a political candidate.
- Not cover stipends or gifts.
- Consider funding conference attendance only if the student/group has plans for more direct community engagement through a post-conference event, program, or project .
- Distribute funds via an internal Tufts transfer (for official Tufts student groups or those with costs associated with a Tufts department) or a check directly to a Tufts student. Students who are not members of official Tufts student groups will need to fill out a W-9 for to receive payment.
- Not directly purchase materials or pay persons or vendors for services to be provided as a part of a Tisch Fund project. Groups awarded funding will need to provide a complete budget and steps planned to pay outside vendors.
Funding for Activities on Racial Issues
Political and social developments in the United States have inspired a renewed wave of student activism aimed at addressing issues of race and discrimination. Recognizing the need for seed funding and advising to support this important work, Tisch College reserves a certain amount of funding specifically for individuals and groups of 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.
Contact Maggie McMorrow, Program Administrator, at email@example.com.
Medical students should contact Jennifer Greer-Morrissey, TUSM CSL Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and dental students should contact Nancy Marks, TUSDM CSL Coordinator, at email@example.com.