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.
How It Works
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 $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-$2,500 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.
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 CCCS grant application, you can:
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and/or indicate on your CCCS application if you have completed and submitted this form.
COVID-19 Notice and Restrictions
Current Middlebury policy has determined that virtual experiences are most conducive to personal health and safety for all, but should the student and internship or volunteer site host intern agree that an in-person experience is desirable and pending College policy, such experiences may be allowed if both parties sign an agreement to follow CDC guidelines as well as evolving state, local, and College restrictions related to Covid-19. Experiences involving international travel to countries other than a student’s home country are still being evaluated by the College; we expect a decision to be announced by March 15. Any allowed travel to international destinations or internships (remote or in-person) in a student’s home country outside of the US will need to be approved by the Global Operations Committee. Students hoping for an international internship not in their home country are urged to consider alternatives. Please note the situation remains fluid and requirements may change.
Academic Year 2020-2021 Projects Deadlines
If you are requesting funds to support a project during the 2020-2021 academic year, our priority deadline dates are the following:
- Spring semester projects: Applications accepted on a rolling basis for projects that happen during the academic semester.
- Summer: April 14, 2021.
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 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.