GWupstart is GW's central hub for social innovation training, mentoring, and funding.

Approximately $75,000 in funding is available every year for your social innovation projects and community engagement ideas. In addition, we provide mentorship and support to students to turn their ideas into practical action that makes a measurable, sustained difference.

Proposal Deadline for several annual grants: Nov 15th

Craft your proposal with the help of our workshop series!

Through our four-part workshop series, we will explore the art and science of design thinking's 4D model to discover, define, develop, and deliver your social innovation project proposal. Whether you have an established project, have a social issue you feel strongly about, or simply are in the ideation phase, join us to learn how to craft a change-making project to receive funding.

• Social Innovation I: Design Thinking | October 5, 2022 @ 5pm. Get an overview of the 4D process and begin discovering your social issue.
• Social Innovation II: Discovery & Definition | October 12, 2022 @ 5pm. Learn to define and nuance your research to hone in on your "what".
• Social Innovation III: Develop with Community Partnership | October 17, 2022 @ 3pm. Discover how to consider solutions and collaborations to inform your "how".
• Social Innovation IV: Deliver—Writing your Proposal | October 28, 2022 @ 2pm. Master how to formalize your project budget, timeline, and narrative.

Note: While it is not required for you to attend all 4 sessions—it is highly recommended you do for a holistic design thinking process to successfully prepare your social innovation project proposal.
The Julian Clement Chase Prize for undergraduate writing focused on the District of Columbia
Submission date: May 25, 2020

This annual $1,000 prize recognizes exceptional research writing projects focused on the District of Columbia in all undergraduate classes and in all disciplines at the George Washington University.

The main criteria: engagement with DC. Writing from social sciences or humanities might engage DC in terms of place, history, neighborhoods, and cultures; students from arts might engage DC in terms of its artistic expressions, or research related to art that they have created representing DC; students from sciences might submit research projects that address quality of life issues in DC. Collaborative or team projects are welcome, with a clear explanation of how entrants worked together.

For more information: or contact Randi Kristensen
Students-if you are in a community engaged scholarship course don't forget to fill out your waiver at this link