The Cross-Cultural Community Engagement Fund supports international community service, advocacy, and activism. The fund was founded by and is endowed by a Middlebury Class of 1987 alumnus and receives additional support from the Conflict Transformation grant. It supports service-learning and community-building internships and/or related volunteer service opportunities for undergraduate students in international settings, or in communities that are not the students’ own. 

Spencer Royston teaches a class.

Spencer Royston ’21
Cross Cultural Community Service Fund

Spencer tapped into the CCE’s Cross Cultural Community Service Fund over J-term in his second year to work in a library in Costa Rica. It was a transformative community-based experience that helped him connect his classroom and career interests.

“My time in Nosara provided me essential context for my studies at Middlebury, as well as real-world experience in what can often be a stale research-based field. I was encouraged more than ever to pursue my goals of teaching English abroad after I graduate, in the many forms that this might take.”

How It Works

These community-engaged 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., and projects that are mutually-beneficial for the applicant and the communities who the applicant is engaging with. A portion of the grants awarded also aim to support student engagement in conflict transformation initiatives that occur in community-based, inter-cultural settings (i.e. the funded experience provides the opportunity to engage conflict transformation skills and dispositions with others). Funds are available throughout the academic year and for summer experiences. Cross-Cultural Community Engagement 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.

Grant funding cannot be used to purchase personal tech equipment (e.g. computers, cameras) that will remain with the grantee after the completion of the project.

To learn more about the conflict transformation skills and dispositions we ask about in the application, visit CT@Midd | Middlebury Offices and Services and look for the “Where We Begin” graphic.

While there is no maximum amount for which to apply, typical grants range from $300 up to $2,500. 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-$750 for full-time, one-week experiences; $750 - $1,500 for full-time, four-week Winter Term experiences; and $1,000-$3,500 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.


Before you are ready to apply, you will need to complete a budget proposal for your grant application.

A sample budget template is here.

Please make a copy of the sample, complete the fields with your proposed budget items, download and save it. There will be a field on the grant application to upload your completed budget proposal. 

Once you have completed your budget proposal, and are ready to submit your Cross-Cultural Community Engagement grant application, you can:

Apply Online HereApplications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

If you have questions about the application or the process, you may contact CCE Program Administrative Assistant Liz Cleveland in the Center for Community Engagement at Please note that applications 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.

If you seek to travel to a location where the State Department has issued a travel advisory or warning, you will also need to complete an activity approval form. Please notify Liz Cleveland at and/or indicate on your Cross-Cultural Community Engagement application if you have completed and submitted this form.

COVID-19 Notice and Restrictions

All grant projects are required to adhere to Middlebury College’s COVID status page protocols and requirements. All students must comply with applicable CDC, state, local, country of residence, and College-related COVID-19 health and safety restrictions.

Academic Year 2022-2023 Projects Deadlines

  • For January Term 2023 projects, the priority deadline for applications is December 1, 2022. 
  • For Feb Break and Spring Break projects, the priority deadline for applications is January 20th, 2023.

Cross-Cultural Community Engagement 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 this map to see where the past 315 funded projects have taken place since 2009. You can zoom in on specific site pins to see some highlighted project descriptions.

Google world map.

Center for Community Engagement
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Middlebury, VT 05753