Are you an undergraduate or graduate student engaged in civic or community-based initiatives? We invite you to apply for microgrants of up to $5,000 that support student-led engagement projects within Alachua County. You will engage with community partners, staff, and/or faculty to complete a project that addresses critical needs in the Gainesville community. Projects should be designed in partnership with the community, founded in a mutually beneficial relationship.
April 3, 2022, at 11:59 pm
Have an idea and want to get started? Or just not sure where to start? Our staff is available for individual consultations. Our staff is also available to review your proposal and provide feedback as well as connect you to additional resources. Email email@example.com to schedule a consultation.
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Portrait of project/abstract
General overview. Answers questions: What? Where? Why?
Context of the problem and objectives of the project
Problems are complex. Help the judges to understand the issues and how the objectives of the project will contribute to change. You can cite studies or academic literature.
Experience you have with topic or community
What qualifies you to do this project? What partners will you work with to develop your understanding of the issue?
Activities of project and timeline
What will happen during the project, and in what time frame? Will the project build on existing activities or efforts?
How you will work with community partners and participants
How will the project be mindful of the local community and include their talents, ideas, and feedback?
Budget justification or narrative
Any extra information about the budget you attached. Where will you source supplies? Any other funding sources or plans to fundraise?
Logistics and accommodation of the team
Who will be implementing the project, and for how long? Where will you live? Transportation?
Sustainability, monitoring, and evaluation
How will the project continue after you leave? How will you judge if the project has succeeded?
Challenges you anticipate
What are some possible challenges and complications for the project? How will you overcome and mitigate issues?
The final portion of the application process is presenting with the microgrant review committee, student applicants, and community partners. Applicants will deliver a short presentation of their project for the review committee (2 to 3 slides) and answer questions about their application. This is a time for applicants to show their knowledge of the project/issue and demonstrate that they have thought of possible challenges. Community partners will be asked to attend this session to offer support and help answer questions. The review committee will make their final decision after presentation day.
**It is vital to note that becoming a university vendor means that you will be taking on the grant as additional income. It is the student’s responsibility to identify what financial implications this has for them specifically. Please be sure to research all outcomes of becoming a vendor and receiving a microgrant.