How the funds can be used or are typically used:
Limited funding is available for programs & projects that fit with the mission of CLiA, which is to cultivate and sustain experiential learning opportunities, curricular & non-curricular, in the service of the teaching goals of Williams faculty, the civic aspirations of our students and the needs of the wider community
Funding is available for programs & projects in which students (or, in some cases, other members of the Williams community) are actively engaged with partner organizations or projects in the community beyond the College. Ordinarily, CLiA funding is not available for projects that are contained entirely within or intended exclusively for the College community. Exceptions can be made for relevant special events such as training workshops to prepare students for work in the community.
Who can request money:
Funding may be requested by a Registered Student Organization (RSO) in good standing, an ad hoc student group or project, or another College office or department. Inquiries about new ventures in community engagement are welcome; from time to time funding has been helpful in launching a project that eventually becomes a continuing program. If the requesting group is not an RSO, though, funding can only be received as reimbursement (with receipts) for expenses, or in the payment of invoices. In rare cases CLiA will make very modest grants to appropriate projects proposed by individual students. However, funding is never available directly to the individual in the form of cash in advance. CLiA funding cannot be disbursed directly to a community partner agency unless it is for a specific project or event in which current Williams students are actively involved.
Procedure for requesting money:
Submit the Supplemental Funding form, and then contact Colin Ovitsky at CLiA (Brooks House G10). Action on a request received less than a month before a proposed activity or event cannot be guaranteed. If an RSO has a College Council account, funding will be transferred from CLiA to that account. Note that it may take several days for the Controller’s Office to process the transfer before the funds appear in the RSO’s College Council account. If funding is granted to an ad hoc group taht does not have a CC account – or, in rarer cases, to an individual – note that funding is only available for payment of official invoices or for after-the-fact reimbursement for paper receipts. CLiA cannot offer funding in advance in the form of a check or cash directly to a student.
Typical Allocation Magnitude:
Allocation amounts vary widely, depending on the nature of the program and the need – usually in the range of several hundred dollars. Grants are made on a one-time basis; application for annual events must be made each year. Funding is not given retroactively. Priority will be given to new projects as seed money to enable a project to become a continuing, self-supporting program.
The Center for Learning in Action must be listed as a co-sponsor for any event or program for which funding is granted.
Contact person(s): Paula Consolini