Building Robust & Inclusive Democracy

Tisch Fund

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.

Available Funding and Application Timeline

Available funding:

  • Up to $1,000 for individual students or student groups
  • Up to $1,500 for student groups including students from different Tufts schools.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Tufts University school/professional program. For cross-school initiatives, all parties must be stakeholders involved in the planning and execution of the project. In order to provide enough time for review, only applications whose project deadlines or events are a minimum of two weeks away will be accepted.

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.


The Tisch Fund cannot be used to pay for:

  • Events or projects that endorse a political candidate
  • Stipends or gifts
  • Individual conference attendance
  • Individual class and/or program fees

Please refer to the page below for more information on the application process, including evaluation criteria, and to access the application.

Visit Application Page

More Information

Have questions? Contact Calvin Zhao.

Medical school and Friedman students should contact Awes Hassan, Civic Life Coordinator. Dental students should contact Nancy Marks, TUSDM Community Service-Learning Coordinator.

Tisch Fund is currently closed.

The Tisch Fund application period is currently closed and will reopen in the fall semester.