See 2015-2016 Tisch Fund Projects Here

The Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement welcomes requests from Tufts University students for funding of events, projects, and programs with a clear connection to active citizenship.

Funding will be considered for student groups and organizations, or individual students who plan to engage other students in their work. Projects must take place during the academic year. Priority will be given to work in communities beyond the internal campus. Individual applicants may apply for up to $500 in funding, and groups from the same school may apply for up to $1,000 in funding. Groups including students from different Tufts schools or professional degree programs are eligible for up to $1,500 in funding. Applicants must all be current Tufts University students. Applications will be accepted through multiple deadlines during the academic year (see below). Students who wish to apply for funding for a project or event occurring during the early Spring semester are highly encouraged to apply at the November deadline.

Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now closed, but next academic year will follow a similar timeline.

2016-2017 Application deadlines:

  • September 16th at NOON – Graduate and professional school students (now CLOSED)
  • October 17th at NOON – All Tufts students (now CLOSED)
  • November 21st at NOON – All Tufts students (now CLOSED)
  • Spring applications are due on February 28th at NOON – All Tufts students (now CLOSED)

We especially seek proposals that include:

  • Innovation and creativity
  • Include adequate training/orientation/preparation for participants
  • Address a community-identified need
  • Include a clear connection to active citizenship

Preparing a strong application

Tisch College places particular emphasis on supporting programs or events which:

  • Expand Tufts students’ interests around civic issues
  • Combine your curricular and/or co-curricular interest with civic engagement
  • Further the Tisch College mission of developing student capabilities to:
    • Think critically
    • Engage effectively with diverse individuals and communities
    • Communicate powerfully
    • Collaborate effectively
    • Understand their own values, motivations, and passions

Application requirements:

  • Applicants’ information (year, contact information, Tufts school)
  • Detailed and complete budget (Excel format preferred)
  • Detailed timeline, including planning meetings and outreach
  • Letter of support from community partner or Tufts staff/faculty

Funding details

  • The Tisch Fund only considers projects that take place during the academic year. Projects that have a beginning or end date outside of when classes occur will not be awarded funding.
  • If you’d like support for promoting your event without receiving funding, please see our event promotion guide.
  • The Tisch Fund does not cover stipends or gifts.
  • The Tisch Fund will not support events or projects that endorse a political candidate.
  • Tisch College may consider funding conference attendance only if there is a plan to engage the community with an event, program, or project post-conference.
  • The Tisch Fund will distribute funds via an internal Tufts transfer (for official Tufts student groups or those with costs associated within another Tufts department) or a check directly to a Tufts student. Students who are not members of official Tufts student groups will need to fill out a W-9 to complete payment.
  • Tisch College will not directly purchase materials or pay persons or vendors for services to be provided as a part of a Tisch Fund project. Groups awarded funding will need to provide a complete budget and steps planned to pay outside vendors.

Funding for student activities which address issues of race and discrimination

Events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and around the country have inspired a renewed wave of student activism aimed at addressing issues of race and discrimination. Recognizing the need for seed funding and advising to support this important work Tisch College will reserve funds specifically for these projects, through the Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement, to individuals and groups of students working to have an impact on these issues.

Students who are awarded funding also receive feedback, advising resources, and opportunities to present their work. The application and criteria for funding are the same as for the general Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement application.

How to apply

Applications for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are now closed. Check back in the fall for updated timelines!

Interview and selection process

All applications will be reviewed by a team at Tisch College and next steps will be communicated approximately one week after application deadlines. Groups or individuals who are selected to interview will be asked to prepare a brief presentation and answer questions about their project. Be prepared to discuss your timeline, budget, and other materials in detail. If students are not located on the Medford campus, a Skype or phone interview will be arranged.

Students will be contacted with final decisions after all interviews have been completed.

Requirements for accepted proposals

  • All group members will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, agreeing to Tisch Fund terms and requirements, before funding is processed.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Students who are traveling internationally must follow all procedures put in place by the Tufts University International Safety office and be officially approved before traveling. This is especially important for countries that are under a current Department of State Travel Warning.
  • Funded students or student groups are required to put a Tisch College logo on any promotional materials and follow Tufts’ visual identity guidelines.
  • Funded students must send their flyer to Alberto Medina, Communications Specialist ( to be approved prior to the event/program, and must mention Tisch College at their event. If students fail to do so, the student or student organization will not be eligible to receive funding from Tisch College in the following year.
  • Tisch College requires that funded students submit a copy of any attendance lists (including names and emails of attendees) to
  • Tisch College requires the submission of a narrative (1000 words) that summarizes the outcome and impact of the event on the greater Tufts community.  We also want to see your photos! The narrative must be submitted to Maggie McMorrow,, within two weeks of completing the event/project/program.

For more information

If you have questions about the application process or a pending proposal, contact Maggie McMorrow, Program Associate, at or Deena Alexander at

Medical students should contact Jennifer Greer-Morrissey, TUSM CSL Coordinator, at

Dental students should contact Nancy Marks, TUSDM CSL Coordinator, at