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Education and Awareness Fund

We welcome the opportunity to support and/or co-sponsor student-initiated and student-led programming that contributes to our mission.  Programs should include a component that will educate the individual, group of students, student organization, or campus community about a social or civic issue.  Any student currently enrolled in any school at the University of Richmond is eligible to apply. 

Through the Education and Awareness Fund, we offer support in the following ways:

  • Funding: Individuals, groups of students, or a student organization may receive financial assistance up to $750. 
  • Publicity: Upcoming events and programs can be posted on the CCE's email sent on Mondays throughout the academic year.
  • Space: The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement offers reading, reflection, meeting, and programming space out of its three locations: Tyler Haynes Commons 201, UR Downtown, and the CCE on 3.
  • Consultations: CCE staff members are available to consult on issues of program development, event logistics, and budget creation as well as strategic thinking about the role of community engagement in your organization and future plans.
  • Use of CCE name and logo: For co-sponsored programs, the CCE will provide a logo to be put on program publicity and materials. Use of the logo for co-sponsored programs is required.

Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis.  Programs must be implemented during the year in which funds are requested.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the fall or spring semester to increase the opportunities to plan, publicize, and implement programs.  Members of the CCE staff will award grants after carefully evaluating grant proposals.

Questions about the application process should be directed to Adrienne Piazza, coordinator, student development and educational programming, or by phone at (804) 484-1606.  Submit completed applications and accompanying materials to Tyler Haynes Commons 201 or by email.

Community Fund

Apply for up to $1,000 with your supervisor to help your community partner start a program, buy materials, or meet an existing need.  Once you identify an appropriate need, sit down with your site supervisor to complete and submit the Community Fund grant proposal.  It cannot be saved, so it must be completed in one sitting. Once submitted, it will be reviewed and approved/not approved within 2 weeks. You will be notified by email.

Examples

In July of 2011, a student submitted a community fund request for Church Hill Activities and Tutoring.  The funds were used to send 70 at-risk students to colleges in the Richmond area to expose them to the world of higher education.  The students visited J. Sargeant Reynolds, Virginia Union, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Richmond.  The funds were also used for transportation and food for those students on two out-of-town field trips as a bonding experience for the group.

A student submitted a community fund request in September of 2011 to support Henderson Middle School.  Through receiving recommendations from teachers, Henderson accepted 16 students into a Student Incentive Program which included pictures and description of accepted students on bulletin boards, goody bags, ice cream after lunch, and a field trip each semester.  The Community Fund helped at-risk students in Henderson realize their full potential by making examples of exemplary students.

Conference Fund

The Conference Fund provides financial support to students for attending conferences that align with the mission and intent of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement. The amount of available funding varies from semester to semester, but the most funding you can receive for a conference is $300.00 and that amount is typically reserved for presenters.

Before attending the conference, please submit your Conference Fund grant proposal. Once submitted, it will be reviewed and approved/not approved within 2 weeks. You will be notified by email.

Examples

In March of 2011, one student attended the conference “A 360-Degree Look at World Events” with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.  Hadya was interested in the political situation in the Middle East and especially the Egyptian Revolution.  The conference explored immigration and asylum in Egypt and helped Hadya find real examples of the theories she explored in her classes.

In February of 2012, the conference fund was used to send a pair of students to the William and Mary Active Citizens Conference.  In recent years many colleges and universities experienced a critical transformation in community engagement, characterized by prolific growth in student and faculty partnerships with communities and alumni. The Active Citizens Conference explored ways in which higher education might respond to this emotional inspiration and intellectual curiosity.

Mentoring Fund

The CCE Mentoring Fund provides financial support to students who are actively mentoring or planning mentoring events that align with the mission and intent of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement. The maximum funding available for a single mentoring activity or program is $200.00. Apply by completing the CCE Mentoring Fund Application. Once you have submitted the application, please notify Alyssa Boisvert via email. 

Mileage Reimbursement

The CCE will reimburse students for mileage accrued while traveling to and from their engagement site. Eligible students are those who are engaged through the CCE in ongoing engagement activities, who have financial need, and who are not receiving other forms of reimbursement. Mileage reimbursement is limited to $50 per student per semester. Additional details on this policy and instructions for reimbursement are available here. For questions, contact Adrienne Piazza.