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Cross Cultural Community Service Fund

The Cross Cultural Community Service Fund (CCCS) supports international community service, advocacy, and activism. The fund is endowed by a Middlebury Class of 1987 alumnus and supports international service-learning and community-building internships and/or related volunteer service opportunities for undergraduate students. These internships and service initiatives may be student designed; preference is given to those opportunities in a culture distinctly different from the applicant’s background, usually outside of the U.S. Funds are available throughout the academic year and for summer experiences. CCCS grants can also be used to attend conferences or events (e.g., travel, registration fees, etc.) with an international theme in the U.S. Funding is available to current, returning undergraduates; graduating seniors are not eligible to apply for funding for activities that occur after graduation.

While there is no maximum amount for which to apply, typical grants range from up to $1,500. Funds are limited and grant amounts are decided in part based on the intention to support as many student initiatives as possible.  Students will typically receive between $300-$500 for one-week experiences, $500-$750 for four-week Winter Term experiences, and $1,000-$1,500 for summer experiences--for as long as the funding lasts. A group of students may apply for a grant from this fund. While the group may share a project description,  each student must complete the essay questions, budget, and summary reflections individually. 

For more information and to apply, please download and complete a FY20 CCCS grant application and proposed budget. You may wish to review the sample budget. If your project or request will require missing any classes, please complete an absence approval form.

Completed forms should be returned to the CCE Program Administrative Assistant Liz Cleveland in the Center for Community Engagement by email. Please note that the forms should be submitted well in advance of when the funds are needed (may need 3-4 weeks or more). Longer time will be required if your travel request must be reviewed by the Global Operations Committee. Processing of requests and checks can take 2-3 weeks or more depending upon individual circumstances.

Academic Year 2019-2020 Projects/PRIORITY DEADLINES:

If you are requesting funds to support a project during the 2019-2020 academic year, our priority deadline dates are the following:

  • J-Term/February Break: November 11, 2019.
  • Spring Break: February 24, 2020.
  • Summer: April 20, 2020.

We will continue to award funding past that date if there is funding available.

CCCS grants promote international civic engagement initiatives not otherwise fully funded by a department or student organization budget.

Celebrating 10 Years of Funded Projects!

Check out the map below to see where the past 315 funded projects have taken place since 2009. Click on it to get to a page where you can zoom in to specific site pins to see a some highlighted project descriptions.

Map with project pins