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GWupstart Grant Application


Thank you for applying for the GWupstart Grant program! The Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service and the Office of Sustainability provide opportunities to support GW students (graduate and undergraduate) in their social innovation and entrepreneurship efforts to address environmental and social issues in Washington, D.C. and around the world. 

Along with your application, you must provide the following:

  • A Letter of Community Partner Support (also include names/contact information of the organization and community leaders with whom you plan to partner)

  • Project Timeline (how and when the project will be implemented)

  • A Completed Budget (an estimated financial plan of how you will use the funds)

All templates to the additional documents needed can be found here: https://gwserves.givepulse.com/group/documents/199388

General Grant Information

Projects may be individual or team submissions; teams can include up to 5 students. Applicants must be enrolled for the 2019-2020 academic year. 


Eco Equity Grant: Deadline February 7, 2020

Open to Graduate and Undergraduate Students 


All projects must have both environmental AND social impact in an underserved or low-income neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Winning students or teams will be awarded between $500 and $5,000 for their projects. Students are required to work with a GW faculty or staff mentor as a resource and are not prohibited from receiving other funding for their projects. Project deliverables must include three blog posts (including photos and videos), an end-of-project event/presentation and a continuation plan of the new initiatives. Students who are awarded funding will be expected to attend a one day training seminar. Projects will be executed over the course of the following academic year, to be completed by the end of the 2020–2021 school year. 


Public Service Grant 

Open to Graduate and Undergraduate Students 
  • Deadline 1 - 9/27
  • Deadline 2 - 11/1
  • Deadline 3 - 2/7
  • Deadline 4 - 3/27

Applicants can request between $500 and $2500 to the Public Service Grant Commission. Funds are to be used in support of any action-oriented community service and engagement project or initiative. Project deliverables must include three blog posts (including photos and videos), an end-of-project event/presentation, and a continuation plan of the new initiatives. 


Projects for Peace: Deadline January 31, 2020

Open to Undergraduate Students Only 


Projects for Peace invites undergraduates at US colleges and universities to design grassroots projects that promote peace and address the root causes of conflict. This initiative is part of a $1 million endowment to the Davis United World College Scholars Program in honor of the late Kathryn W. Davis. Applicants should use their creativity to address the root causes of conflict among parties with a focus on conflict prevention, resolution, and reconciliation.  These projects must be implemented during the Summer of 2020 and may take place anywhere in the world (pending GW approval). Projects selected receive a $10,000 grant. Project deliverables must include three blog posts (including photos and videos), an end-of-project event/presentation, and a continuation plan of the new initiatives.


Guidance on Developing Project Proposal

In advance of submitting the final application students are encouraged to schedule a meeting to workshop ideas and receive feedback to strengthen your proposal before submitting. Email GWupstart, upstart@gwu.edu with questions or go to https://gwupstart.youcanbook.me, to schedule a time to meet with a mentor and discuss project ideas in person. As you consider the members of your team and plan the execution of the project, also consider the team members’ availability from semester to semester (i.e. study abroad, internships, etc.)

 


GENERAL PROJECT INFORMATION

Eco-Equity Applicants ONLY*

DETAILED PROJECT DESCRIPTION

PROJECT BENEFICIARIES AND CONTRIBUTORS

STRUCTURE & METRICS

PROJECT BUDGET

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

PROJECTS FOR PEACE GRANT ONLY*