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GWupstart Grant Application
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. GWupstart works in partnership with GW’s New Venture Competition, the GW Innovation Center, and other local and national social innovation and entrepreneurship programs. For more information about what social innovation is, please visit

Along with your application, you must provide the following:

  • A Letter of Community Partner Support (also include names and 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)
  • If selected for a grant you will be required to attend the Changemaker Bootcamp on Saturday, November 14th from 10am-2pm
All templates to the additional documents needed can be found here:

You are all highly encouraged to:
General Grant Information Projects may be individual or team submissions; teams can include up to 5 students. Applicants must be enrolled for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Eco Equity Grant: Deadline February 7, 2021
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 sustainability 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 2021–2022 school year. 
To integrate their service project with their academic experience, we recommend applicants consider taking SUST 3097, which will allow students to identify an area of focus, conduct research, and in partnership with a community partner, identify a pathway to service the community needs in Washington, DC.

Public Service Grant 
Open to Graduate and Undergraduate Students 
  • Deadline 1 - 9/18
  • Deadline 2 - 10/30  
  • Deadline 3 -  2/12 
  • Deadline 4 - 3/26

Public Service grants are designed to support innovative community service projects or enhance existing projects to address a gap, significantly improve a program, or adapt a program to new circumstances, such as COVID-19. Projects should address needs in underserved communities outside of the GW campus, particularly in Washington, DC. Applicants can apply to the student-led Public Service Grant Commission for between $500 and $2500. Funds are to be used to support action-oriented community service and engagement projects or initiatives. Project deliverables must include outcomes that make a difference for the project you proposed, three blog posts (including photos and videos), an end-of-project event/presentation, and a plan describing how you propose to sustain the initiative when the funding has ended.

Projects for Peace:
Deadline January 31, 2021
Open to Undergraduate Students Only 

GW is a recipient of the national Projects for Peace grant program, which invites undergraduates to design grassroots projects that promote peace and address the root causes of conflict. One grant of $10,000 will be awarded to a GW undergraduate student or team of students. Applicants should use their creativity to design and deliver a program that focuses on conflict prevention, resolution, or reconciliation.  Projects must be implemented during the Summer of 2021 and may take place anywhere in the world (pending GW approval). One project will be selected to receive a $10,000 grant. Project deliverables include a mid and final project report with photos to the Kathryn W. Davis Foundation and will include an additional blog post (including photos and videos) and end-of-project event/presentation for others.
All GWupstart grant recipients can expect to be asked to present to their peers and others about their projects and to help to recruit participants for future opportunities.

Guidance on Developing a 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 us at with questions or to schedule a time to meet with one of our staff or alums and discuss project ideas one to one. 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.).
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(E.g. January 15, 2020)
(E.g. May 15, 2021)

Eco-Equity Applicants ONLY*