Chicago Bound Alumni Micro-Grants

The University Community Service Center (UCSC) and the Institute of Politics (IOP) are pleased to announce the creation of a new resource for engagement and student leadership development for Chicago Bound program alumni.  All alumni of the Chicago Bound program are eligible to apply for microgrants that aim to involve their peers in social change and social justice initiatives, discussions, and explorations throughout the city of Chicago.

Microgrant proposals can range from $25-$250, and can be used for any event or experiential learning project that bridges our campus and city through engagement with social justice topics, and involves the leadership of Chicago Bound alumni. Preference will be made for activities that occur off-campus, and in partnership with a community or organization representative. 

Examples:

  • Requesting $65 for coffee for 15 students to meet at Greenline Coffee in Woodlawn to discuss a recent seminar offered by a faculty member on a social justice topic.
  • Requesting $50 for CTA transit passes to travel to nonprofit Young Chicago Authors in Wicker Park to attend a Wordplay open mic; $75 for food at a local restaurant for 10 UChicago students to discuss the social justice topics the youth communicated. 
  • Requesting $100 for 20 $5 tickets to attend a half-day conference organized by another local institution such as UIC or Roosevelt University that focuses on how to engage in community organizing while leveraging nonprofit networks and local politicians.
  • Requesting $250 for food supplies for a winter volunteer experience where 20 UChicago students from an RSO or House provide food or clothing to families in need during the holidays, in partnership with a community organization on the south side.

We welcome any microgrant proposals that will help develop student leadership skills (e.g. project management, event planning, discussion facilitation, etc.) and that meet student learning and community engagement goals.  Feel free to be creative!

Priority will be given to students who show that the microgrant will be used to engage students in meaningful conversations or experiences on social justice and social change in Chicago.  

Click here to access the microgrant proposal form.

Microgrant Process:

  • Brainstorm ideas for your microgrant proposal. Reach out to your Chicago Bound Group Leader, our designated Program Alumni Coordinator this school year College second-year Kosi Achife at oka@uchicago.edu for advice, or UCSC Assistant Director Chris Huff.
  • Submit your online proposal with intended goals, plan/agenda, and projected costs.
  • UCSC and IOP staff will review your proposal and inform you of their decision within 10 days of the submission deadline.
  • Grantee submits a summary report of the experience with photo documentation to UCSC within a week of the activity/project/event.

Microgrant Submission Deadlines:

  • Fall Quarter 2017:  Mondays of Weeks 3 and 6
  • Winter Quarter 2018:  Mondays of Weeks 3 and 6
  • Spring Quarter 2018:  Mondays of Weeks 3 and 6

Note:  After submitting a grant proposal, please send an email to UCSC Assistant Director Chris Huff at cdhuff@uchicago.edu noting your proposal submission. He will confirm with you that all parts are complete. Microgrant proposals may be submitted 30 days in advance of proposed activity/project/event. All grant requests are not guaranteed to receive funding, however, you are encouraged to reach out to UCSC’s grant administrator Chris Huff.