Academic Outreach Endowment grants

The Academic Outreach Endowment (AOE) was created 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.
Applications for funding for academic year 2014-2015 are now being accepted. 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 will be awarded for Summer 2014 or 2014-2015 academic year projects.
  • An email announcing the grants and with application information will be sent in early March 2014.
  • The application deadline is April 1.
  • 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.
  • Growth of the program is sought through faculty and disciplines new to community-connected teaching, learning and research.
  • Recipients' projects will represent a combination of 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, please contact Tiffany Sargent (

For more information, please contact Community Engagement Director Tiffany Nourse Sargent '79.