Community Innovation Projects

Many students are interested in social innovation, but don’t have their own innovative idea. This opportunity aims to provide students who are passionate about social issues and interested in social innovation with a way to pursue these interests in the context of a community priority and in partnership with a community leader. It also offers support, educational opportunities, and mentorship to Community Leaders who have ideas but may lack resources. The Swearer Center’s Community Innovation Projects give students the opportunity to partner with a leader in the Rhode Island community to explore and design an innovative approach, program, or service that addresses a social injustice.


Selected students will receive a $750 stipend to partner with a community leader on a Community Innovation Project throughout the fall semester. At the conclusion of the fall project, student and community leader pairs will determine whether to continue working together, and may then apply for the Social Innovation Fellowship (SIF). The SIF is a year-long Swearer Center program, which supports innovators as they develop their ideas and put them into action.


Community Innovation Projects take place during the fall semester each academic year. All interested students are encouraged to apply.


We are not accepting applications for Community Innovation Projects at this time. Please check back regularly or sign up for our newsletter, The Bridge, for updates.