Community Innovation Fund

Founded and supported by the Office of the Chancellor, the MindHandHeart Community Innovation Fund seeks to leverage the creativity and problem-solving skills of MIT students, staff, and faculty to strengthen the fabric of our community. The Fund supports a wide array of projects that speak to and reflect the MIT Value's Statement, found here:  All proposals for the Fall 2022 cycle will identify what Value(s) the project addresses and how the project addresses that value.

The next application cycle will open on September 19, 2022 and the application deadline is October 7, 2022.  This cycle will be for projects that begin on November 1, 2022 or after.  

The application is found here:

A PDF copy of the most recent Innovation fund application maybe found here to help you prepare to submit on the application site:  Innovation Fund PDF copy of application.pdf

If you have an idea that you would like to discuss reach out to Megan Jordan or attend an Info Session on:
     Weds., Sept 14th at 12:30pm in 10-110 or
     Thurs., Sept 22nd at 1pm in 10-110.

The Fund offers grants of up to $10,000 and is organized into two tiers:

  1. Proposals requesting over $2,000 should constitute a substantial one-time investment, system update, or innovative tool. Examples include courses, innovative event series, classroom interventions, and other large-scale projects.
  2. Proposals requesting $2,000 or less may constitute projects that spark community connections using existing methods to bring people together. 

Examples of Community Innovation Fund projects include:

  • MIT Connect, a digital platform connecting like-minded members of the MIT community for lunch.
  • FAIL!, an event series aiming to de-stigmatize failure and build resilience.
  • You Belong @ MIT, a Teaching and Learning Lab initiative fostering academic belonging in the classroom and academic departments.
  • Portraits of Resilience, a book capturing the stories of MIT students and faculty who have overcome adversity.
  • Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week, a week bringing the MIT community together through spontaneous acts of generosity.
  • Puppy Lab, a student-led initiative bringing friendly canine company to campus.
  • OpenMind::OpenArt, an art workshop and gallery drawing attention to mental health and wellness at MIT.
  • Notice and Respond, a training to help faculty, staff, and students recognize and respond to mental health concerns.
  • Motivate and Move, a series of programs to help graduate students develop healthy work and self-care skills in combination with physical exercise.
  • Failures in Graduate School, an event series where faculty share personal stories of overcoming failure.
  • Sunshine Makes Us Happy, colorful Adirondack chairs placed in MIT’s Eastman Court.
  • Indoor Lawn, a surprise indoor lawn that appeared in the Student Center to calm and entertain.