Swarthmore College Community Challenge

$5,000 | Swarthmore College | Open Call opportunity | 6 Ideas

Supported by Swarthmore College

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Start an Idea

Choose an idea from the portfolio below to start in your community, and we’ll give you the information, tools, support and funding to get started.

Start an Idea
Apply with existing project

Apply for funding to help you to scale your existing project or put your existing project plan into action in your community.

Apply with existing project

Supported by Swarthmore College’s Garnet Collaborative, the Swarthmore College Community Challenge supports Swarthmore community members to build upon and expand meaningful relationships across our campus, providing a vehicle to a greater appreciation of varying perspectives and establishing trust and mutual respect and working together to create a more caring, inclusive, and empathetic campus community.

How it works
  • Select an idea listed below or submit your existing project and register to get your project page
  • Use your project page to complete the 30 Day Challenge
  • Submit a photo and your action plan
  • Let us know what impact you are having in your community
Who can apply
  • You hold an active Swarthmore College email address
  • You're passionate about building a thriving Swarthmore College community
  • If you want to scale an existing project it must address one of the following: Environment & Sustainability, Education & Access, Arts, Media & Culture, Identities, Inequality & Human Rights, or Economic Development & Leadership
What you get
  • Swarthmore College will provide access to a budget of up to $500 per project to fund the delivery of your Swarthmore College Community Challenge.
  • Once you apply and begin the 30-Day Challenge, the ChangeX platform shows an automated breakdown of funding allocated or ring-fenced for you as $350 to start and $150 on completion of your project - which is cool! However, for the Swarthmore College Community Challenge 2021/22, Swarthmore will administer the $500 budget allocation internally, so check with the Garnet Collaborative Team on how to draw down the ring-fenced $500 budget for your project ([email protected]).

Explore & Pick an Idea to Start

Explore and select an idea that you want to start in your community

Apply with existing project

Have your own idea or existing project? Explore the challenge criteria and submit your own project for funding.

Apply with existing project

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Why are people starting these ideas?

The Swarthmore College Community Challenge is an opportunity for Swarthmore College community members to come together to work on a project that they are passionate about and ultimately build College relationships. We’re excited to support local action across Swarthmore College communities worldwide and to see the collective impact we can have in building a healthier, more connected community.

- Denise Crossan (Director of Community and Strategic Initiatives, President’s office, Swarthmore College)
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