In Spring 2017, the PCSE will award:

  • One $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant for a grassroots summer project anywhere in the world which promotes peace and/or addresses root causes of conflict
  • Three $5,000 Seed Grants to fund the launch or early-stage growth of a Wesleyan-connected social enterprise, project, program, or venture
  • One honorary Judges’ Prize to recognize an exceptional student, team, or project not currently seeking funding from the Patricelli Center
  • At least two $4,000 Summer Experience Grants for rising juniors and seniors receiving need-based financial aid who plan to do social impact or entrepreneurship work during summer break

Information about the Davis Projects for Peace, PCSE Seed Grant, and PCSE Judges’ Prize is below. Information about the Summer Experience Grants is available through the Gordon Career Center.

Applications closed on January 29. The 2018 application will open in December, 2017.

  • Seed Grant Eligibility and Selection Criteria

    Projects or ventures must address a demonstrated problem; be sustainable, scalable, and/or replicable; and have potential for impact. We are not just looking to seed new organizations or companies; we encourage applications from innovative projects implemented within an existing entity. Entries can be for-profit, non-profit, hybrid, or have no legal structure. They can be US-based or international.

    Teams may be made up of one or more members, but at least one member must be a current Wesleyan undergraduate. Teams made up completely of Wesleyan students may have an advantage.

    Judges will assess both the applicant(s) and the idea(s). Quality of the idea, the execution plan, and the applicant or team will be most important in selecting grantees. Severity of the social problem and potential for impact will be secondary.

    Characteristics that the judges will look for include:

    The Applicant(s):

    • Purpose/Passion – commitment to the problem or field of work, commitment to Wesleyan, personal integrity
    • Resilience – ability to overcome obstacles, tenacity
    • Leadership – leadership and entrepreneurial potential

    The Project/Idea:

    • Innovation – demonstrates a new or better approach
    • Importance – addresses a pressing social problem
    • Organization – clear and compelling mission, objectives, program operation, service delivery, data strategy, financial plan, etc.
    • Feasibility – well-designed and could be rolled out effectively before December 31, 2017
    • Potential for Impact – has the potential to create change

    Read about past Seed Grant winners: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016

    To apply, first compile the necessary materials listed below (including your executive summary using Xtensio's grant application template), then submit your application using this form.

  • Davis Projects for Peace Eligibility and Selection Criteria

    This grant funds student-designed, grassroots projects in summer 2017 which promote peace or address the root causes of conflict among parties. Applicants are encouraged to employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding, breaking down barriers which cause conflict, and finding solutions for maintaining peace.

    Projects can operate independently or with/under a partner organization. Projects must take place during Summer 2017; they can continue thereafter, but this grant must be spent before September. Entries can be US-based or international.

    Teams may be made up of one or more members, but at least one member must be a current Wesleyan undergraduate.

    The selection committee looks at a variety of factors when making the selection including, but not limited to: viability of the project, potential impact of the project, smart budgeting and use of resources, strength of community partners, creativity, and potential for sustainability.

    Judges will assess both the applicant(s) and the idea(s). Viability of the project, leadership potential of the applicant(s), smart budgeting and use of resources, strength of community partners, and potential for impact will be most important in selecting grantees. Severity of the social problem and potential for impact will be secondary.

    Characteristics that the judges will look for include:

    The Applicant(s):

    • Purpose/Passion – commitment to the project, commitment to Wesleyan, personal integrity
    • Resilience – ability to overcome obstacles, tenacity
    • Leadership – leadership potential

    The Project/Idea:

    • Organization – clear and compelling mission, objectives, program operation, service delivery, data strategy, financial plan, partners, etc.
    • Feasibility – well-designed and can be implemented before September 1, 2017
    • Potential for Impact – has the potential to promote peace or address root causes of conflict

    Read more on the Davis Projects for Peace website

    Read about past winners: 2007 | 20082009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 201320142015 | 2016

    To apply, first compile the necessary materials listed below (including your executive summary using Xtensio's grant application template), then submit your application using this form.

  • Judges' Prize Eligibility and Selection Criteria

    This non-monetary award is designed to recognize an individual or team with a social impact project, program, or venture not currently seeking funding from the Patricelli Center. The eligibility and selection criteria are the same as the Seed Grant (see above).

  • Timeline

    December 1

    Grant specs announced

    December 1-January 27

    Advising appointments available

    December 7, 9, and 12

    12-1 p.m.

    Info sessions, Allbritton 022

    Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an info session

    January 1

    Judges announced and Round 1 applications open

    To apply, first compile the necessary materials (including your executive summary using Xtensio's grant application template), then submit your application using this form

    January 29

    Round 1 applications due

    Applications submitted after 11:59 p.m. will not be considered

    January 30-February 5

    Judges review Round 1 Applications

    Aggregated judge feedback will be sent to applicants individually on February 6

    February 6

    Finalists announced

    Finalists for the Seed Grant and Judges’ Prize award will be invited to submit a Round 2 application (by February 13) and pitch during Demo Day (February 24); Finalists for the Davis Projects for Peace will be granted interviews during the week of February 6.

    February 6-February 13

    Davis Projects for Peace interviews and selection

    Selection will be made by February 10, paperwork is due to the Davis office on February 13, and awards will be confirmed by March 13

    February 13

    Seed Grant and Judges’ Prize Round 2 applications due

    February 13-17

    3-4 p.m.

    Pitch Day prep, Allbritton 022

    Daily group practice sessions for Seed Grant and Judges’ Prize finalists

    February 22

    Pitch Day slides and draft scripts due

    February 24

    Pitch Day

    Public pitches followed by judge Q&A

    February 27

    Grant announcements

  • Round 1 Application (for all grants; due January 29)

    Applicants for all three grants will apply using the same form. In Round 1, applicants will be asked to submit:

    • An executive summary created with Xtensio's grant application templateFinal printed versions must not exceed one 8.5x11” page back-to-back (2-sided). 
    • If you will partner with or be hosted by an existing organization: a letter of support from that organization.
    • For Davis Projects for Peace applicants only: a detailed project budget (maximum one page)
    Our suggestions for what to include in your Executive Summary:
    • The Problem (Background on the social problem or impact area you are addressing. Give stats to illustrate scope and severity. Build empathy; make readers care.)
    • Your Solution (A description of your project, program, venture, or internship. Be succinct but clear. If your project is being hosted by an existing organization, explain.)
    • The Market (Describe the landscape or ecosystem you’re in. Who else is tackling the same problem? Who is your ‘competition’? What is your unique value proposition, i.e. what makes you better or different?)
    • Metrics (What would success look like? What impact do you hope to have? What metrics will you use? Explain your short, medium, and/or long term goals and how you will know if you’ve reached them.)
    • Team (Who are you and/or your team? Do you have mentors, advisors, a board, or other key supporters and partners? What assets do you bring to the table? Why do you personally care about this work?)
    • Timeline (Exactly what are you planning to do and when?)
    • Budget (An overview of your expenses and revenues, including potential funding sources. Readers should understand how you’d spend grant money should you receive it.)

    Be sure to present information in a concise, clear, and compelling way. Information should fit together into a coherent “story,” so readers understand you, believe in you, and are excited about your plans.

    To apply, first compile the necessary materials listed above (including your executive summary using Xtensio's grant application template), then submit your application using this form.

  • Round 2 application (for Seed Grant and Judges' Prize finalists only; due February 13)

    All applicants will receive feedback on their Round 1 executive summary. Select applicants ("finalists") will advance to Round 2 and be asked to submit:

    • A revised executive summary. Final printed versions must not exceed one 8.5x11” page back-to-back (2-sided).
    • A separate document (maximum 10 pages) that expands on the information in the executive summary and serves as a detailed plan for you/your team. This is an internal tactical and practical document, not another pitch.
  • Pitch Day (for Seed Grant and Judges' Prize finalists only; February 24)

    Pending completion of the Round 2 materials, all finalists will be invited to present for a live audience on Friday, February 24. Pitches must be no more than 8 minutes apiece and will be followed by 5-10 minutes of Q&A. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges by Monday, February 27.

    Presentations will be open to the public. They may be recorded and webcast.

    Additional information will be sent to finalists in advance of Pitch Day.
  • Expectations of Grantees
    Seed Grant payments will be made in two installments: $4500 in March 2017, and $500 in September 2017, pending satisfactory progress. Checks will be payable to a member of the winning team who is a currently-enrolled Wesleyan student (i.e. payments must be made to an individual, not an organization). It is expected that grant money will be spent no later than December 31, 2017.
    Davis Projects for Peace grants will be managed by the Patricelli Center. Grantee(s) will work with PCSE staff to pay project-related expenses. The entire $10,000 grant should be spent by September 1, 2017.

    All winners will receive mentoring from Patricelli Center staff and volunteers, 24/7 access to the PCSE Board Room, and priority involvement in PCSE programs.

    Grant recipients will be expected to submit blog posts with budget reports and remain actively involved in Patricelli Center programs.
  • Judges

    Davis Projects for Peace:

    • Makaela Kingsley, Director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship
    • Cathy Lechowicz, Director of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships
    • Elizabeth McCormick, Associate Director of Foundations, Corporate, and Government Grants
    • Alice Hadler, Associate Dean for International Student Affairs and Adjunct Instructor in English
    • Anthony Hatch, Assistant Professor of Science in Society; Assistant Professor, African American Studies; Assistant Professor, Sociology

    • Paul Turenne, Senior Associate Registrar
    • Claudia Kahindi, 2015 Davis Projects for Peace grantee

    Seed Grant and Judges’ Prize:

    • Alvin Chitena '19 - Founder, ZimCode; Patricelli Center Fellow
    • Marc Eisner – Dean of the Social Sciences and the Henry Merritt Wriston Chair of Public Policy, Wesleyan University
    • Lexy Funk '91 - Founder and CEO, Brooklyn Industries
    • Jonathan P. Gertler, MD '77 - Co-founder, Managing Partner, and CEO of Back Bay Life Science Advisors
    • Dan Gregory '78 P'07 - Co-Director, Northeastern University Center for Entrepreneurship Education at Northeastern University
    • Stacie Halpern P’18 – President, Kingdom Design Inc.; Board Member, Hawken School, Findaway Ventures, Salon Quest, Hillcrest Hospital, and Preston’s H.O.P.E.
    • Rachel Hines '82 P'18, international monetary expert formerly with J.P. Morgan, World Bank, and USAID
    • Oladoyin Oladapo ’14 – Founder, Idunnu Studios; Author, Girl to the World series; Co-founder, Joomah
    • Nicole Rodriguez Leach '97 - Head of Education, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
    • David Sonnenberg P'19, P'20 - Co-President/Co-Chief Operating Officer, Hunter Douglas; Board Member, Nalanda Institute of Contemplative Science
    • Deborah Sonnenberg P'19, P'20 - Board Member, Riverdale Country School and Nalanda Institute of Contemplative Science
    • Melinda Weekes-Laidlow '89 - Founder, Beautiful Ventures; Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Echoing Green
    • Mira Wijayanti ’07 – Senior Associate, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
    • Mike Wisniewski - Investment Associate, Connecticut Innovations

    Thank you to our 2014-2016 Seed Grant Judges:

    • Lara Galinsky '96, Consultant, GOOD; former Senior Vice President, Echoing Green; PCSE Advisory Board Co-chair
    • Giulio Gallaroti, Professor of Government and Tutor in the College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University
    • Jonathan Gertler '77, M.D., Managing Partner, CEO, and Co-Founder at Back Bay Life Science Advisors
    • Biz Ghormley '04, Membership & Operations, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP); Private Investigator, One World Research
    • Lily Herman '16, Co-founder, Editor-in-Chief, and CEO, TheProspect.net; writer at The Muse, Her Campus and HelloFlo; PCSE Advisory Board Member
    • Anne Lebleu '00, Philanthropy Management Director, Arabella Advisors; PCSE Advisory Board Member
    • Jeremy Mindich '87, Board Chair, Root Capital; Cofounder, Propel Capital; Managing Partner, Scopia Capital
    • Ajay Rajani '06, Founder, The Inevitable Collective
    • Rob Rosenthal, Director of the Allbritton Center and John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology, Wesleyan University; PCSE Advisory Board Member
    • George Suttles '03, Vice President, Senior Philanthropic Relationship Manager, U.S. Trust; Board Member, Storefront Academy Harlem and Odyssey House
    • Glendowlyn Thames, Director of the Small Business Innovation Group, CT Innovations; Director of CTNext
    • Melinda Weekes-Laidlow '89, President, Weekes In Advance Enterprises; Social Entrepreneur in Residence, Echoing Green; PCSE Advisory Board Member
    • Joaquin Benares '15, Founder of BUKO; 2014 PCSE Seed Grant winner
    • Marcus Chung '98, Vice President of Social Responsibility and Vendor Compliance, Children's Place; PCSE Advisory Board Member
    • Peter Frank '12, Founder and CEO of Texts.com
    • Lexy Funk '91, Co-founder and CEO of Brooklyn Industries; PCSE Advisory Board Member
    • Dan Gregory '78 P'07, Co-director of the Northeastern University Center for Entrepreneurship Education; Founding faculty advisor of IDEA
    • Rachel Hines '82 P'18, international monetary expert formerly with J.P. Morgan, World Bank, and USAID
    • Barbara Juhasz, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Service Learning, Wesleyan University
    • Sarah Williams ’88, Co-founder, Propel Capital; Principal, Sarah Williams Consulting; PCSE Advisory Board Co-chair
    • Phoebe Boyer ’89, Senior Advisor, Robertson Foundation; former Trustee, Wesleyan University; PCSE Advisory Board Member
    • Ali Chaudhry ’12, Business Analyst at Deloitte Consulting; Founder and CEO of Possibilities Pakistan
    • Tim Devane '09, Entrepreneur In Residence, Red Sea Ventures; former Director of Sales & Business Development at bit.ly; president & co-founder of Birthright  Earth; co-chair of Digital Wesleyan
    • Amir Hasson ’98, CEO of Oxigen America and Chief Development Officer of Oxigen India; judge and mentor for Harvard and MIT Business Plan competitions
    • Maeve Russell '14, Executive Committee Member, Wesleyan Chapter of Shining Hope for Communities; Communications Intern, RefugePoint; Coordinator, Wesleyan’s Office of Community Service
    • Marc Schleifer '95, Regional Director for Eurasia and South Asia at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
  • Sponsors and Partners

    We are grateful to Xtensio, Propel Capital, The Robert and Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation, the Norman E. Priebatsch Fund for Entrepreneurship, Davis Projects for Peace and the Davis United World College Scholars program, and many individual donors to the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Questions? Contact us at engage@wesleyan.edu.