Academic Outreach Endowment Grants 

The Academic Outreach Endowment (AOE) was made possible by the generosity of a Middlebury alumna from the 1970s. This endowment, inspired by the very meaningful experience of the alumna's thesis project, is used to provide support to students and faculty who wish to pursue community-connected opportunities and integrate "real world" issues with academic course work.
AOE grants are administered by Community Engagement and provide financial support to both faculty and students for pursuits that involve community-connected teaching, learning, and research. Examples of these kinds of approaches include project-based learning (when there is a direct community connection), community-based learning, participatory action research, and more.
Grants are awarded a maximum of $4,000, and typically range between $1,000-$3,000. Recipients may have the opportunity to give public presentations detailing their projects.                             

Application Timeline
  • Grants for 2015-16 have already been awarded. Applications for 2016-17 grants will open in Spring 2016.
  • The application deadline for summer 2016 and 2016-17 projects is April 1, 2016.
  • Applicants will be notified of the committee decision by mid-April.


  • All undergraduate faculty and all returning undergraduate students in good standing are eligible in all disciplines.
  • Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.
  • Applications from both individuals and teams will be considered; team members may include faculty adviser(s), student(s), Middlebury staff, community partner(s), and other participants.
  • The Academic Outreach Endowment does NOT fund projects that are only either community service initiatives or unpaid internships.

Grants are awarded competitively, based upon the following criteria:
  • The project must be academically rigorous.
  • The project must be directly linked to academic course work (it cannot be simply volunteer service or an internship experience).
  • The need being addressed should be community-identified with community partner participation.
  • The structured process of analysis and reflection should be of high quality and built into the project plan.
  • Representation across academic divisions is desired, overall.
  • Community Engagement strongly encourages applications from faculty and students who are new to working with the office.
  • AOE grants can fund local, national, and international projects.
  • Funding does not typically cover equipment that is readily available through the College (e.g., digital cameras).
Funding Period

Funding for approved proposals is available from June 1 - May 31, annually. Please plan accordingly. If you have special needs or concerns or would like further information, please contact Tiffany Sargent by email or phone at 802.443.5082.