GWupstart is GW's central hub for social innovation training, mentoring, and funding. Based in the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, it builds on GW's strength as an institution that fosters the next generation of citizen leaders. Up to $50,000 is available annually through our funding opportunities in addition to providing mentorship and support to students to turn their ideas into practical action that makes a measurable, sustained difference. The Nashman Center defines social innovation as creative approaches to addressing social problems. All Nashman Center projects should be ethical, creative, systematic, sustainable, and be created in partnership with relevant community organizations and the residents who will be affected by the project. Below are the funding opportunities available with the GWupstart program and you can find the GWupstart application here.
Public Service Grant Commission - supports students to create social innovation projects in the local DC community; 4 deadlines per year, up to $20,000 available per year. In conjunction with the submission of an application, please be prepared to upload: A Letter of Community Partner Support and a completed PSGC Budget Template. For a link to tips for a good PSGC proposal click here.
Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Commitment Maker Challenge - supports students to develop and carry out their own CGI U Commitment to Action; up to $10,000 available per year.
Eco-Equity Challenge Grant - supports students to develop environmental justice-based projects in the local DC community; up to $5,000 available per year. In partnership with the Office of Sustainability.
Projects for Peace - supports students to develop projects that address the root causes of conflict among parties with a focus on conflict prevention, resolution, and reconciliation; up to $10,000 available per year.