Grants offered by the Patricelli Center

  • Entrepreneurship Microgrants

    $200 for makers, artists, or freelancers to create, test, and commercialize. These grants are intended to incentivize "learning by doing" and may be used for prototyping, customer discovery, purchasing supplies, paying staff, e-commerce platform fees, and more. Note: Applicants must be affiliated with one or more of the Patricelli Center's on-campus partners.  

    Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis until the fund is depleted each academic year. Students are encouraged to meet with a PCSE advisor before submitting an application.

    Grantees will be required to submit a public report reflecting on how they used the grant and offering advice for other student entrepreneurs. 

    Apply here the microgrant fund is now closed for the 2021/2022 academic year

  • Social Impact and Entrepreneurship Conference Fund

    Up to $500 to attend social impact or entrepreneurship conferences such as these. PCSE conference grants are intended to support students who seek to build their skills and networks by attending off-campus events.

    Applications will be reviewed within 10 business days and may receive partial funding. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis until the fund is depleted each academic year. Applicants are encouraged to read our primer and meet with a PCSE advisor to talk about ways to get the most out of attending a conference. Grantees must submit a public report reflecting on the conference experience and offering advice for students who may want to attend in the future.

    Apply here

  • Seed Grants

    $5,000 grants to fund the launch or early stage growth of a Wesleyan-connected enterprise, project, program, or venture with social or environmental impact. 

    2022 details, eligibility, and application information

    Read about past Seed Grant winners: 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021

    Watch past Seed Grant pitches

  • Davis Projects for Peace

    $10,000 grants for grassroots summer projects anywhere in the world which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.  

    2022 details, eligibility, and application

    Past winners 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

  • Map The System

    Map the System challenges students to think differently about social and environmental change -- starting with understanding a problem and its wider context, rather than jumping straight into a business plan or an idea for a quick fix. One finalist/team from Wesleyan will receive funding to attend the Global Finals at the University of Oxford and compete for cash prizes to continue their work.

    For application information, contact

  • PCSE Summer Experience/Internship Grant

    Up to $5,000 for rising juniors and seniors receiving need-based financial aid who plan to do social impact or entrepreneurship work during summer break.

    Visit the Gordon Career Center for details 

Other Social Impact and Entrepreneurship Grants for Wesleyan Students