Global Civic Engagement Mini Grants

Global Civic Engagement (GCE) Mini Grants is based out of the Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) and is funded by Wells Fargo to expand global awareness and community engagement by supporting student-led service projects. CLS strives to support projects which encompass a "global perspective with a local impact." Projects may vary from direct service projects to bringing awareness to certain social issues. If you or your organization has a new or ongoing community service project, apply for a mini grant today.

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The Global Civic Engagement Advisory Board  is a tremendous leadership opportunity dedicated to the development of student-led community engagement projects throughout the South Florida communities. In addition to awarding grants to interested students through our partnership with Wells Fargo, the GCE Team works to build impactful relationships with other student organizations across Florida International University that are also interested in community service, civic engagement, and social responsibility. 

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  • Projects are reviewed biweekly by the Student Advisory Board. Please allow up to two weeks for award notifications.  The final deadline for applications for Fall 2018 is December 4th and Spring 2019 is April 9th by 5pm.
  • The Global Civic Engagement Student Advisory Board is supported by the Center for Leadership & Service and the Office of Global Learning. In order to be eligible for funding, student projects must meet the following requirements:
    • Applicants must be enrolled as an FIU student during the period of the project.
    • Only volunteer projects are eligible.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of projects does GCE typically fund?

GCE funds a variety of projects that address a variety of global issues which may include but not limited to: education, the arts, the environment, economic development, community beautification, and health. 

Some examples that cannot be funded are fundraising efforts, entertainment, rentals, speaker fees, travel, and purchases requiring contracts.

How do I prepare a successful grant application?

Successful project proposals identify a global issue and develop an appropriate future plan of action to address it. Ideally, the project should seek long-term continuity for it to have a lasting impact. The budget is another essential component of the application, and is used to determine if the funding requested will be approved or not.

How do I prepare a budget?

Are GCE grants applicable to hire interns or for related compensation?

GCE grants are meant to support volunteer initiatives and may only be used to cover the cost of supplies and other materials deemed necessary to carry out proposed projects.

How is the grant money distributed to selected project proposals?

Once the committee has approved a project proposal and budget, a reviewed list of items will be purchased through the Center for Leadership and Service and made available to the project representative.

When would selected applicants expect to receive funding after their application is approved?

Applicants should expect acceptance, denial, or be asked for clarification of their application by 2-3 weeks of the priority application deadline. If you miss the priority application deadline, your application will be reviewed for the next funding cycle.

If you have questions, please email Amanda McDole.



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