The Changemaker Grants Program is designed for Guilford College students, staff and faculty members wishing to engage issues of social concern as related to our Core Values of Community, Diversity, Equality, Excellence, Integrity, Justice and Stewardship.
At the end of this program, Changemaker participants will be able to:
- Navigate the process of social change and innovation
- Utilize the PPS Model to conduct a research project
- Develop or strengthen academic and practical skills
Individual or small groups of passionate human beings who aspire to use creative, strategic and research-based ideas to make positive social change including:
- Guilford College students
- Guilford College staff
- Guilford College faculty
- Community agencies/organizations (only in project collaboration with a Guilford College student, staff or faculty member)
The Center for Principled Problem Solving (CPPS) offers Changemaker projects financial assistance, administrative assistance, academic and skills training. Individuals or groups receiving Changemaker awards will receive the following:
- Project funds of up to $1,500 for project related expenses to be utilized in the academic year in which they are awarded
- Project and administrative support
- PPS Model training
- Academic and practical skills training
- Post-project support
The CPPS is
eager to support a diverse range of Changemaker projects that are designed for
and can operate within any social context or community. Changemaker projects may have broad
aspirations, such as engaging a national or international issue or they may have focused aspirations
such as engaging a Guilford College or Greensboro specific issue.
All Changemaker participants and projects must meet the following criteria:
Students must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing in order to apply for Changemaker project funding.
Changemaker group project applications should involve from two to five students and may also include faculty or staff participants. Individuals from community agencies/organizations may be invited to participate in a Changemaker project at the invitation of project members and with the approval of the CPPS.
Changemaker projects must engage a clearly identified, research-based social, political or economic issue.
Changemaker project's issues has relevance to one or more of Guilford College Core Values of Community, Diversity, Equality, Excellence, Integrity, Justice and Stewardship.
Changemaker projects should seek outcomes that are measurable, significant and that possess positive social impact.
All Changemaker participants must participate in CPPS Changemaker academic and practical skills training sessions.
Changemaker participants have the following mandatory program accountabilities:
Participate in Changemaker orientation (orientation topics: project administration, PPS Model training)
Participate in two (2) PPS Learn Shop sessions over the course of the project and prior to the project end date (academic and skills training). PPS Learn Shops are one-hour, interactive sessions that equips the project group with project-related, practical skills
Participate in regular, in-person project update meetings
Submit eight to ten (8-10) high-quality project photos over the course of the project
Prepare and present a PPS Changemaker presentation to be delivered to a public audience at the PPS Changemaker end-of-the-year ceremony
Participate in the PPS Changemaker end-of-the-year ceremony
Changemaker projects are not limited to any particular size or time limit. PPS Partnership Project Applications are accepted year round. Please review the application process below.
Step 1: If possible, attend an Engage CPPS (open house) session to meet the CPPS project and communications manager, to learn more about the program and previous projects and to answer any questions that you may have.
Step 2: Read the PPS Changemaker program information on the CPPS website. For clarification, please call Mark Justad, CPPS director and Changemaker facilitator, at 336.316.2853 or email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3: Meet with your project group to prepare application materials in advance of submitting the PPS Changemaker application. For groups, it is recommended that the project group meet two (2) weeks prior to the final submission of the project application. The two (2) weeks will allow your group time to gather and prepare accurate application materials.
Step 4: Complete and submit the PPS Changemaker Grants application online.
Step 5: Promptly respond to any application communication, email or telephone call from Mark if/when received. The CPPS team will review your project application and will notify your project group of a decision within ten (10) business days.