How can I apply for a CSF grant?
Please note that the Board meeting schedule is subject to change. You are welcome to check with email@example.com if you have questions or concerns.
You may want to consider applying in an earlier cycle than required so you will know in advance whether you have secured funds for your public service initiative or project.
Eligibility and Focus
MIT staff, graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and retirees are eligible to apply for CSF grants to support their personal public service initiatives, which include programs that they run or would like to start, or projects that they want to work on that enhance the public service work of an existing organization or school.
CSF funding is seed funding or project funding: it provides only short-term support. It can help you fill a short-term need, build an enhancement that is self-sustaining, or launch a new organization that will be supported by other sources in the long term. It is possible to reapply for additional CSF funding several times if funds are needed, but the Board will not consider applications for funding beyond a three-year period, and they will typically only supply partial funding within that period for ongoing work.
MIT individuals and student groups are eligible for CSF support, but MIT departments, labs, centers, and offices should seek funding from other sources. Likewise, established student groups will only be eligible for support for their group’s established community service endeavors for a three-year period. The Community Service Fund Board of Trustees wants to see public service initiatives become independently sustainable. If a student or student group starts a new public service initiative, that new initiative can be considered within a new funding timeline.
The CSF Board emphasizes service to local communities surrounding the Institute. It may also support partial funding for effectively designed public service initiatives to more distant communities.
Have questions? Need help formulating a plan? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for answers, advice, and consultation.
Local organizations seeking funding support may contact the MIT Office of Government and Community Relations.
Email your application as a .pdf file to email@example.com with "CSF Grant Application" in the subject line. If you do not receive a response within a week, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire whether your proposal was received.
NOTE: CSF Grants come with some responsibilities, which we’ll explain if you are offered funding. If you’re curious now, just ask.