What type of projects does the Action Fund support?

The Action Fund supports civic engagement projects proposed and led by students in direct collaboration with local community-based organizations. The projects all have action components, fulfilling unmet needs of Twin Cities’ communities, as well as learning/education components that promote reflection on and sharing of lessons learned. The students leading the projects recruit others to be involved, and may apply for up to $1,000.

2018/19 Application Deadlines:
8am, Monday, October 15, 2018 (priority deadline)
8am, Monday October 29, 2018 (final deadline)
8am, Monday, February 4, 2019

Students will find out if their project was selected roughly two weeks after each deadline, and will have up to 12 months to complete their project (but can complete in a shorter timeline if they choose).

History of the Action Fund

The Action Fund was established in 2001 by alumni who valued their civic engagement experiences while attending Macalester, and wanted to leave a legacy of service and action for future students. Eligible projects are those that inspire informed, committed action, as outlined in the following required criteria.

Criteria for Project Selection

  • Project will address and have an impact on an unmet community need or issue.
  • Project is developed in direct collaboration with a Twin Cities community organization.
  • Student leaders are able to articulate their motivations and roles in completing this project in relationship to community needs.
  • Project has a concrete plan for engaging additional student participants beyond the lead student(s).
  • In order to facilitate learning, project will incorporate both an internal reflection component, such as team discussion and reflection during/after project, and an external sharing component (i.e. disseminating lessons learned to the broader campus and/or community).
  • Project is designed to have a lasting legacy in the community beyond the grant period.
  • Project will include a work plan/timeline and a budget. Project must be completed within one year of funding.

Applicant Interview

Each applicant or applicant group (the one or more “lead” students on the project) will meet with the Action Fund Committee for approximately 15 minutes during the review process. This allows the committee to ask follow-up questions, and provides an opportunity for the applicant(s) to clarify the project and ask questions. Applicants will be asked to sign up for a meeting that works for their schedule after they submit their application. Decisions about funding are made after all interviews are completed, and decisions are communicated to applicants within a week of the interviews.

For More Information

For additional information, contact Karin Trail-Johnson, Civic Engagement Center/Institute for Global Citizenship, at (651) 696-6786 or email at Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their ideas with CEC staff before submitting an application.