Swarthmore College Community Challenge

$5,000 | Swarthmore Community

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 funding, information, tools and support to get started.

Start an Idea
Submit your own project

Apply for funding to help you to scale your existing project in your community.

Submit your own project

The $5,000 Swarthmore College Community Challenge is dedicated to supporting Swarthmore community members to start a new project or expand an existing project, with the ultimate goal of building Swarthmore College relationships.

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
  • $350 seed fund to start or scale your selected idea
  • Free starter resource pack, mentorship and technology tools to get started
  • Additional $150 impact funding, once you report back on the social impact of your active project

Explore & Pick an Idea to Start

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

Submit your own project

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

Submit your own project

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 (Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility Peace & Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College)
Protect yourselves and your community: consult and adhere to local government advice on COVID-19 safety when starting any project in your community.
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