I have a great idea, will it qualify?!
If you are pursuing a project that you find personally interesting, relates to your academic pursuits, and provides a public value, but you do not have an organizational contact from within the community who has helped inform the scope of your project, then most likely it will not meet the criteria for an Academic Outreach Endowment (AOE) grant.
How do I know if I should be looking for funding for an unpaid internship instead?
If you cannot clearly articulate the following: (a.) the community-identified need the project aims to help address, (b.) the name of the community partner (individual and organization), (c.) your role in addressing the need, (d.) how the project is embedded within your academic pursuits, and (e.) the product or outcome that provides a public benefit, then you may be looking for funding for an unpaid internship instead of an AOE grant.
The following represent questions asked typically about Academic Outreach Endowment grants. When you click on a question, the answer will appear. If you have additional questions, please email Tiffany Sargent.
How important is the letter from a community partner?
It's essential! Quality project-based community-connected learning is based upon an effective partnership with the community. Reciprocity is key. This approach enhances individual learning goals by applying that learning to "real world" needs, as identified with the community partner.
Does it matter where my project is based?
No! Projects can be local, domestic, or international.
What kinds of expenses does the funding cover?
AOE grants can help cover transportation, basic living expenses, and most materials required for the project. AOE grants do not cover payment for one's time or the purchase of items like digital cameras or recorders made available by other College resources.