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Community Engagement Mini-Grants

If you are a part of a student organization, academic project team, or informal group of students who are interested in contributing to the West Philadelphia community in a purposeful and innovative way, please considering applying for a Community Engagement Mini-Grant! We are collaborating with the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, to award Drexel student groups a mini-grant to help carry out a project or program that addresses a community-identified goal. These goals include:

  • Adult education and workforce access
  • Arts and culture
  • Health and wellness
  • Opportunities for youth
  • Individual and family supports
  • Technology access

We’ve created a document where you can find the definitions of each community-identified goal and an example of some programming/projects that are already taking place at the Dornsife Center.


What is a grant?

A grant is money awarded by a funder to an organization for the purpose of completing a proposed project or program.

The Lindy Center is awarding grants to fund projects that support its mission to provide meaningful and high-quality civic engagement opportunities for every Drexel student that positively contribute to the Philadelphia community. Through a collaboration with the Dornsife Center, this opportunity aims to foster an intentional collaboration of ideas and skills between West Philadelphia residents and Drexel students.

Who can receive the grant?

Individual students, a group of students, an academic project team, or a student organization (as identified by Student Life).

How much will the grants be for?

We will be awarding grants from a total pool of $5,000. Each individual grant request may range from $100 to $1,000 based upon the specific project needs. However,  no one group will receive more than $1,000.

Are there mini-grant deadlines?

Yes! Please keep the following dates in mind…

October 17, 2017
12pm @ Lindy Center

Technical Assistance Meeting 1

October 30, 2017
6pm @ Lindy Center

Technical Assistance Meeting 2

November 8, 2017

Applications due

December 8, 2017

Grantees Announced

June 15, 2018

Grant cycle ends

July 10, 2018

All reporting must be submitted

Who decides which grants will be funded?

The grant awarding committee will consist of a representatives from the Lindy Center, Dornsife Center, Lindy Center Student Advisory Board, and a West Philadelphia community leader. They will be grading grant applications based off this Mini-Grant Rubric. Please use this as a tool and reference point when applying!

How do I apply?

Please click here to apply.

How do I put together the budget section of the proposal?

Below is a general example of what we are looking for. Your budget may be different, depending on other factors specific to your program/project. Please make sure your budget is clear, concise, and uploaded in a PDF or MS Excel format.

Organization ABC’s Project Budget 

Projected Revenue

Student Organization Contribution


Major Department Contribution


Individual Donation


Community Engagement Mini-Grant


Total Revenue


Projected Expenses

Supplies and Printing


Space rental




Total Expense


In-Kind Donations

Snacks and water donated by Target


Total In-Kind Donations


This application is really overwhelming, and I’ve never done anything like this before. (Ok, it’s not really a question, but that’s how I feel right now.)

That’s why we’re here!  You can set up an appointment with Nicolette Epifani, the Mini-Grant Coordinator, by calling 215.895.6130 or email — she would love to help you out! Our intention is to get to know the goals of your group, what you’re passionate about, and how you see it aligning with the goals of the community. Nicolette will also be hosting technical assistance meetings on October 17th and 30th where she will present a general overview of the mini-grant process and you will be able to ask questions or receive feedback on your proposals before you submit them.

So let’s say I’m awarded a grant—now what?

Congrats! If you are selected as a grantee, Nicolette Epifani will schedule a meeting with you to fine-tune your project, assist in the development of a more concrete timeline, and work with you to meet your group’s specific needs regarding the logistics of your finances to ensure your project is a success! You will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Lindy Center and Dornsife Center. The MOU will outline the conditions of the grant (timeline, reporting, how exactly money can be spent, etc.). Once the project is complete you will provide a final report telling us how the funds were spent, what you accomplished, and any other project related information such as a blog, video, article, or pictures. This report will be presented to constituents the Drexel and West Philadelphia communities.