LILAC offers students with energy and a plan the opportunity to apply for mini-grants to support their developing interests. There are limited funds available for students to apply for through LILAC, Career and Professional Development, and Civic Engagement. Students are only eligible to receive funds from one of the three areas (LILAC, CPD, or CE) per academic year and the request has a maximum limit of $200 per student or group.
**Please note: the mini-grant program is not available during the summer. It begins at the start of the Fall semester for academic year projects and plans.
How to Apply
To apply for funding, please click here. You will be prompted at the start to select one of the three areas listed below. For any of the three areas, students may apply for a mini-grant anytime during the academic year by submitting a proposal using this form. A panel of LILAC staff reviews applications and if approved, grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis. There is a limited budget, so it's possible funds may not be available towards the end of the academic year.
How Funds May be Used
The funds for mini-grants may be used in a variety of ways. For instance, students have requested funding for transportation to an event or to pay for guest speakers who will address the campus. In addition, funding can be applied toward conference registration fees, travel, accommodation, and food expenses.
- Civic Engagement (CE): CE offers students with energy and a plan the opportunity to apply for mini-grants to fund their developing projects. Funds from a CE mini-grant may be used for a one-time service event or to provide seed money for an ongoing new initiative.
- Career and Professional Development (CPD): CPD offers students with energy and a plan the opportunity to apply for mini-grants to further their career interests and goals. Funds from a CPD mini-grant may be used for a one-time event or conference, or for interview-related travel expenses.
- LILAC: LILAC offers students with energy and a plan the opportunity to apply for mini-grants to further their leadership interests and goals. Funds from a LILAC mini-grant may be used for a one-time event or conference.
- Applicants must link the content of the mini-grant to personal development and civic engagement using at least two of the following leadership competencies: Conceptual Thinking, Implementation, Communication, Social Responsibility, Cultural Competency, Connection, and Reflective Practice.
- Travel award applications must show some sort of documentation about the conference.
- Applicants must submit a budget showing how the award will be spent.
- Awards cannot exceed $200 per proposal or per person.
Below are some examples of past projects students have developed that were supported by CE mini grants:
Think Global, Act Local
Alexi Ernstoff requested funding from Civic Engagement to support a fundraising event for a new student organization. Think Global, Act Local is a student-run group on campus with the goal of raising funds and awareness for local organizations that represent global issues. The money provided by Civic Engagement paid for supplies and transportation expenses accrued in organizing a clothing sale in partnership with Green Street Consignment Shop.
Common Ground Collective Trip to New Orleans
Georgia Lawrence applied to Civic Engagement requesting money to off-set the cost for four Bryn Mawr students to travel to New Orleans over winter break to work with Common Ground Collective—an agency organizing rebuilding efforts in areas of New Orleans destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.