Administered in partnership with Washington University’s Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, the Community Engagement Opportunity Fund is designed to remove financial barriers for students engaging in civic and/or community engagement projects throughout the St. Louis community. Beginning in September, and for the duration of the 2020-21 academic year, the Community Engagement Opportunity Fund will expand its operations to include not only civic engagement projects, but also projects that relate to anti-racism movement and social change work in the St. Louis area.

Students are eligible to apply for both one-time programs or continual, long term projects developed in partnership with community.

To apply, interested students are asked to complete an online application form. While the committee will likely make a decision based on the information you provide in the form, we also reserve the right to send follow-up questions and/or request follow-up discussions in order to ensure adherence to the fund’s mission and goals.

The Community Engagement Opportunity Fund application is now accepting application for the 2020-21 Academic Year. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The review process is not expected to take more than four weeks and it is likely that applicants will receive a decision from the Office for Student Success within two weeks.

General inquiries about the funding process or specific application questions can be directed to Lucy Chin, Student Success Fund Coordinator. Lucy will also be available for phone or Zoom consultations, which should be coordinated via email or Calendly and scheduled during Lucy’s office hours Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4-6pm (for the Spring semester). Students may also connect with the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, should they like support in developing a project proposal. Gephardt staff members will be available by appointment or during weekly drop-in hours, every Wednesday from 3-5pm.

Please note: In compliance with university guidelines due to COVID-19 funds cannot be used for travel for community engagement. Funding is only given to projects that can be completed remotely. If you have an idea and want to talk through it with a member of the Gephardt Team. Drop by their virtual open hours.