Community Commons Summer Grants
The Community Commons Summer Grants allow Hampshire students to apply for funding from several different grant programs using a shared application. Funding is for summer internships and projects, and is generally limited to $3,500 per student.
Summer 2022 Deadline: April 8
The Community Commons Grant program will offer student grants to support travel, cost of living and other expenses for projects and internships that will be conducted over the summer. If you have questions about whether or not your proposal can be sponsored by a grant, please reach out to the contact people listed below.
Any student who has at least one semester remaining, is in good academic standing, and has financial need is eligible to apply for grant funding; individual programs may have additional eligibility guidelines. Internships and projects must have a supervisor or mentor who can consistently supervise the applicant remotely, whether with an organization or while pursuing self-designed work.
Grant-making programs are excited to connect with students and continue the legacy of summer funding for work that puts theory into real world contexts. The shared application process outlined below is for summer grants from Community Partnerships for Social Change, Culture Brain & Development, Ethics and the Common Good, the James Baldwin Scholars Program, and SPARC: Supporting your Purpose with Action, Resources and Connections.
Community Commons Summer Grants Shared Application
Faculty Statement of Support (for faculty to submit)
Organization Statement of Support (for your organization supervisor or collaborator to submit)
How to Apply
- Set up a summer internship or project. You can find an established internship offered through an organization, or you can design your own by working with an organization or mentor. If you are designing a project, be sure you have a mentor or supervisor to work with.
- Read through the list below to learn more about each grant and identify the ones that you can apply for. You are encouraged to reach out to the contact person for the grants you are considering to ask if your internship or project is a good fit.
- Once you determine which grants are a good fit, look at the application and work on your answers offline. We encourage you to get help if needed. You can seek help from the contact person for any of the grants you're applying for, the Writing Center, SPARC, your faculty advisor, or any other faculty or staff that you feel would be helpful.
- Talk with your faculty member and your internship/project supervisor (if you are working with an organization) about the statement(s) of support you will need, and email them a link to this page or directly to the appropriate form. See below for advice on how to get these statements. The online statements of support must be submitted in order to receive funding.
- Apply for all the grants you qualify for by submitting just ONE online application by the deadline. Check with your faculty recommender and internship supervisor or project mentor to make sure they have submitted their statements of support. It is your responsibility to work with them to make sure this happens. However, even if you don't yet have your statements of support, you must submit an application by the deadline in order to be considered. As long as you submit an application by the deadline, even if it's incomplete, we will work with you.
- If you would like to confirm that your application was received, check with the contact person for ONE of the grants for which you applied. If it was received by one, it was received by all.
How to get your statement(s) of support
Have a conversation with your faculty member and internship supervisor or project mentor (if you are working with an organization), explaining that you are applying for grant funding. Ask if they would be willing to fill out a brief online statement of support for you. Send them an email with a link to this page and instructions on which form to submit. You can help them by saying "click the yellow button" or "click the purple button" as appropriate. Explain that this is a required part of your application for grant funding, without which you will not be eligible. Give them plenty of time (2-4 weeks, if possible), and ask them to notify you when they have submitted the form. Be very clear about the deadline, and it is okay to email gentle reminders. Remember to express your gratitude for their help! IMPORTANT: If you are doing an academic project, your faculty statement of support must come from the faculty person who is supervising your project.
If you have a question about the application process or a technical issue, please contact the SPARC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Commons Summer Grants
CPSC Social Justice Scholars
Contact: Mary Bombardier
Description: The Community Commons offers the CPSC Social Justice Scholar grants to assist Division II students on financial aid with the costs of interning for nonprofit organizations of their choice in the U.S. whose work must be social justice/social change-oriented. A student may also conduct a self-designed project with a designated mentor or supervisor. The internship or project must also relate to and inform the students’ Division II academic work.
Award: Up to $3,000 per student; 5 grants are awarded.
Eligibility: Hampshire College students at the Division II level and on financial aid
Charley Richardson 70F Award
Contact: Sharόn Friedner
Description: This award provides an opportunity to pursue work related to community organizing and the building of social justice movements in direct collaboration with community members. The award is designed to support activities that involve and/or promote activist organizing and will serve to strengthen the power of those whose voices are essential to changing a harmful status quo.
Award: $1900 to be distributed; 1 grant awarded.
Eligibility: Hampshire College students in good academic standing who are returning to Hampshire in the fall. Students on leave must be doing a field study and not a leave of absence.
Culture, Brain and Development Program (CBD) Funding for Internships and Projects
Contact: Cindy Gill
Description: CBD grants support transdisciplinary research projects and internships that engage two of the three CBD focus areas: culture, mind/brain, and human growth and development. Applicants should clearly articulate how their work will address at least two of the three CBD focus areas. Please look at the CBD web page for more information and examples of funded student projects, and read Understanding CBD before you apply.
Award: Up to $1000 per student
Eligibility: Division II or III students with good academic standing, in any school or discipline, whose work is related to the CBD focus areas are encouraged to apply.
Ethics and the Common Good Summer Internship Award
Contact: Javiera Benevente
Description: The Community Commons offers Ethics and the Common Good Summer Internship grant funding to assist current students with costs of living while interning for a mission-driven organization of their choice or conducting a self-designed project with a designated mentor or supervisor. The organization’s mission or project goals must be aligned with the following mission, goals, values and commitments, and the proposed internship or project must be an integral part of the students’ academic work.
Award: Up to $3,000 per student; 10 grants are awarded.
Eligibility: Div II and III students in good academic standing. Priority given to Division II students on financial aid.
James Baldwin Div II and Div III Internship Grant
Contact: Karina Fernandez
Description: Assists Division II and III James Baldwin Scholars with the costs of doing an internship or project that relates directly to the students’ academic goals and career interests.
Award: Up to $500 per student; 4-6 grants are awarded.
Eligibility: Division II and III James Baldwin Scholars in good academic standing
Smith-Barr Internship Award
Contact: Sharόn Friedner
Description: Funding from the Iris Barr and the Professor Emeritus David Smith Internship Awards have been combined to provide one larger award to support an internship with an organization focused on the environment, environmental sustainability, or indigenous communities in either the U.S. or the developing world.
Award: $2800 to be distributed; 1 grant is awarded.
Eligibility: Hampshire College students in good academic standing who are currently receiving financial aid (or can otherwise demonstrate financial need). Funding is available for any currently enrolled student who is returning to Hampshire in the fall. Students planning to be on leave for the fall must doing a field study and not a leave of absence.