Civic Engagement Center
Markim Hall, Third Floor
651-696-6030 (fax)

Academic-Year Hours
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-noon

The Action Fund was established in 2001 by alumni who valued their community service experiences while attending the college and wanted to leave a legacy of service and action for students at Macalester for years to come.

  • Using a grant proposal process, the Action Fund will fund important projects that focus on both education and action, designed in collaboration with community members.
  • Students may apply for up to $1000.

What type of projects does The Action Fund support?

The Action Fund is designed to support projects that are initiated and led by students. Eligible projects are those that inspire informed, committed action. In other words, projects must have both an action and educational component. "Action" may take the form of civic engagement within the Twin Cities community (or other places in special circumstances), community building between Macalester and its local community, or other projects where students are involved in strengthening communities. "Education" may take the form of facilitating group reflection before, during or after experiences in the community, educating the campus on the issue the project addresses or sharing the “lessons learned” from the project with other students.

FALL: October 21, 2013
SPRING: February 19, 2014

Criteria for Project Selection:

  • Project will address and have an impact on a community issue.
  • Project will involve other students (beyond those applying).
  • Project includes both action components and educational components.
  • Project is developed in collaboration with community representatives.
  • Project will strengthen relationships between the college and the community.
  • Project has the potential to have a lasting impact on Macalester and the community.


Applicants are asked to attend a short meeting with the review committee during the review process. Each applicant or applicant group (the one or more "lead" students on the project) will meet with the review committee for approximately 15 minutes. This allows the review committee to ask follow-up questions of the applicant and provides an opportunity for the applicant to clarify the project and ask questions as well. These meetings will take place before funding decisions are made. Applicants will be asked to sign up for a meeting that works for their schedule after they submit their application.

Projects must be started within five months of being accepted, and be completed within twelve months of being accepted.

For more information

Students are welcome to view the scrapbook on display in the Civic Engagement Center for ideas. For additional information, email Karin Trail-Johnson at in the Civic Engagement Center, phone: 651-696-6040.