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CCE Grants Program

Grants Overview

“I try and continue this life-long learning. I am so proud to be part of – both as a student and an alum – such important and impactful work.” – Michelle Busuito, K’04


The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) provides grant funding to current Civic Engagement Scholars (CESs) for up to $500 per program per academic year to carry out their work through activities that promote a more "just, equitable, and sustainable world."

Funds may be used to support and enrich onging activiites, deepen and assess the impact of existing programs, launch an innovation through a small pilot program, and/or “tell the story” of the work they do together, consistent with the mission of the CCE and their specific program.

There are two funds that CESs may apply to: The Linda Primavera Fund and The Marilyn LaPlante Endowment. Each of these funds have specific criteria that applicants have to consider when drafting a grant proposal.

The Linda Primavera Fund

Linda Primavera ’77 is an advocate for civic outreach, having volunteered her time and resources in the Tucson, Arizona area for many years.  This passion has led her to create a fund to provide support to Kalamazoo area women and children and to channel this support through the talented students, the Civic Engagement Scholars (CES), at Kalamazoo College creating additional leadership opportunities for its students.  

Linda Primavera would like to support the following CCE programs that relate to education and women/children empowerment programs:

  • CAPS
  • Coalition for Reproductive Justice
  • El Sol
  • FIRE
  • Goodwill Adult Literacy
  • HYPE
  • Woodward
  • Young Adult Program

CESs may apply for up to $500 per year to support programming that enhances their work in these above programs.  See the grant proposal form for detailed information about project criteria.

The Marilyn LaPlante Endowment

Ronda Stryker and Bill Johnston established The LaPlante Endowment in 2001 when they created the Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Institute for Service-Learning (now Center for Civic Engagement) in the name of Ronda’s grandmother.  The LaPlante Endowment honors the late Dean of Students Marilyn LaPlante, the College’s first Vice-President for Experiential Education, and a good friend to Ronda. The LaPlante Endowment primarily supports Civic Engagement Scholar wages, faculty grants and course-related expenses, and community partner involvement.  However, a small amount of funding (up to $500 per program per year) is available to enhance CES-led programs that do not meet Primavera funding parameters.  See the grant proposal form for detailed information about project criteria. 

Please NOTE:  Funds will be awarded based on the quality of proposals and appropriateness of programming.  The total amount of funding and/or total available per grant may be limited in any given year.  Receipt of these grants is not guaranteed, and they may be awarded on a first-come, first serve basis.