Community Resilience Grants

Community Resilience Grants: Local Responses to COVID-19 

A Zilkha Center collaboration with CLiA and the Davis Center


The current COVID-19 crisis brings more attention to inequities within the United States and around the world, acting as a threat multiplier to pre-existing global problems. The climate crisis is another threat multiplier heightening ongoing challenges our communities are facing. How does your community respond in difficult times?  What challenges are being addressed through advocacy, organizing, individual action, businesses, cross-sector collaborations, legislation, education campaigns, etc that you would like to investigate?

The Zilkha Center, Center for Learning in Action, and Davis Center are offering mini-grants for Williams College students to conduct creative research projects. The projects will include interviewing people and groups working on building capacity and making their communities more resilient in times of crisis.  These grants will be split equally between the student doing the work and the organization or individuals working on the issue.  These projects can be completed anywhere in the world and will likely rely entirely on remote work.  A successful proposal will grapple with root causes and focus on the intersections of COVID-19 and/or climate change with other inequities.

The grants will be up to $600 depending on the scope of the proposed project, split evenly by the student pursuing the project and the organization or community they are working with. Please include in your proposal the expected amount of time for the project and the grant sum you are requesting.

Grantees will have a staff liaison from either the Davis Center, the Zilkha Center, or Center for Learning in Action.  They should plan to connect with their liaison three times throughout the duration of the project.  The first meeting can be used to plan out the process for the work, the second to give a progress update, and the third to receive feedback on a nearly final project before completing it. Grantees will also be connected to content and skill resources and a cohort of others who have received the grant in order to stay in touch and brainstorm
together throughout the duration of the summer.