Civic Engagement Funding Guide: Federal Work Study & Grants

Civic Engagement provides a variety of funding opportunities for Wellesley College students and groups for community engagement programs and projects. This resource provides descriptions of Sed Ministrare Grants, Federal Work-Study and Service, the Katharine Timerman Wright Award, and the Beha Community Engagement Grant.

Please note that travel grants are no longer available.

 

Federal Work-Study and Service

Description: Students can receive their Federal Work Study award for volunteer work done through a Civic Engagement partnership program. ​
Eligibility: Students must have a Federal Work Study award and volunteer in a Civic Engagement partnerships program. Check your financial aid letter to confirm that you have Federal Work Study, not Wellesley Works. We can only accept FWS.
Deadline: All students must register for FWS by October 1.
Award Amount: Varies. Students average 2 – 4 hours of work per week.
Application: 

  1. Fill out the Civic Engagement Volunteer Interest Form to let us know what kinds of volunteer opportunities you're interested in. Note that for paid hours you will need to be placed in a weekly volunteer program.
  2. Wait for one of our program teams to get in touch with application materials — they will let you know the process for applying and enrolling in a program. 
  3. Required training for all volunteers will be September 22nd.

 

Sed Ministrare Grants

Description: Sed Ministrare grants are available to students engaged in service work that addresses an emergent issue. These funds can be for individuals or groups and should not exceed $250 for an individual or $500 for an organization.
Eligibility: Any full-time Wellesley student or student group
Deadline: February 21, 2018 at 5 pm
Grant funded project timeframe: March 2017 - June 30, 2018
Application: Students must submit applications through Handshake. Click here to access the Spring 2018 application.
Award Amount: $250 for individuals and $500 for groups

 

Katharine Timberman Wright Award

Description: The Katharine Timberman Wright Award was established by the Wellesley College Alumnae Association to support and encourage entrepreneurial spirit in community engagement. The awards recognize creative responses by Wellesley College students to perceived social needs, both on and off campus. Katharine Timberman Wright '18 inspired these awards and exemplifies generations of Wellesley College women committed to community engagement. The awards are for projects that involve ten (10) or more students. Up to $750 is awarded once a year.

Eligibility: Service projects involving ten (10) or more Wellesley students.
Deadline: February 21, 2018 at 5 pm
Grant funded project timeframe: March 2017 - June 30, 2018
Application: Students must submit applications through Handshake. Click here to access the Spring 2018 application.
Award Amount: $750

 

Beha Cmmunity Engagement Grant

Description: The Beha Community Engagement Grant provides funding to support short-term, community engagement student projects. Preference will be given to projects relating to art and architecture. Small, one-time grants of up to $300 for individuals and up to $600 for groups are awarded to support entrepreneurial student community engagement projects. 
Eligibility: Any full-time Wellesley student
Deadline: February 21, 2018 at 5 pm ​
Grant funded project timeframe: March 2017 - June 30, 2018
Application: Students must submit applications through Handshake. Click here to access the Spring 2018 application.
Award Amount: $300 for individuals and $600 for groups.