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Global Fund

Apply for grants up to $2,000 for student-led initiatives with an international or intercultural focus.

Global Fund overview

Award amount

The award will typically be up to $2,000. If you are requesting more than $2,000, please provide your rationale in the project description in the application form. Awards will be made available by cheque within three weeks of notification of award.

Who can apply

Any currently enrolled UBC Vancouver students.

When to apply

The next application deadlines are as follows:

  • September 22, 2019
  • October 27, 2019
  • November 24, 2019
  • January 5, 2020
  • February 2, 2020
  • March 1, 2020

Application tips + funding conditions

What your application should include

  • Collaboration - applications must involve collaboration across UBC faculties, programs, clubs/organizations. Community partnerships are also applicable
  • International engagement and/or intercultural understanding – applications must involve people, locations, or content that are internationally or inter-culturally focused
  • Sustainability – preference will be given to applications that demonstrate long-term impact
  • Engagement – preference will be given to applications that aim to engage students across the UBC campus
  • Global Lounge Connection– preference will be given to applications whose initiatives, projects or events take place or involve the Global Lounge and its members.

Application review process

Submissions will be accepted through the Global Lounge. The review committee is comprised of 6-7 students, staff, and faculty members, including representatives from:

  • The Global Lounge Network Members (2)
  • International Students Association (1)
  • AMS Representatives (2)
  • Student Engagement staff (1)
  • Additional staff or faculty member (1)

The committee will review submissions monthly according to a review rubric.

Conditions of funding

  • Projects should aim to engage all UBC students.
  • Funding shall not be used for personal gain of individuals.
  • Funding shall not be used for operational expenses such as day to day or typical activities, purchases of snacks for weekly meetings or advertising costs for general club posters. However, capital expenses such as the purchase of equipment, materials, or software as an asset that could be used for multiple programs and years (purchase of matching software, photocopier, or goal nets) are acceptable. 
  • Collaborations should involve organization(s) hosting or participating in the event/project, preferably a student-group collaboration. Sponsors do not constitute as a collaboration. A collaborator cannot receive monetary rewards, ie. a paid speaker for a community organization does not constitute as a collaboration.
  • The Global Fund does not fund projects or activities that are in any way a part of or extension of a) the academic curriculum at UBC, such as field trips or research integral to an academic program; b) a UBC departmental initiative such as Peer Programs.
  • All projects that include international travel must comply with the UBC Student Safety Abroad Policy.
  • The successful applicant agrees that UBC shall not be liable for any incidental, indirect, special, or consequential damages that arise out of or in any way related to the funded initiative.
  • All funds must be used in an ethical manner. Initiatives need to demonstrate accountability and an overall investment into building and maintaining intercultural and international relationships and partnerships. 
  • Funds must be used for the purpose for which they were requested. The Global Fund Review Committee reserves the right to request the return of the grant or refuse future funding for groups that use the funding inappropriately.
  • The successful applicant must acknowledge the support received from the “UBC Global Fund” in any publications or materials related to the project.
  • An organization may NOT receive more than one grant per fiscal year (April to March) to a maximum of $2000.
  • Award recipients are required to provide a Global Fund Report, with permission for the University to use the report and photos for Global Fund promotional purposes. The report must be completed within one month of project completion. 
  • Award recipients are expected to share about their experiences to promote the Global Fund through written submission and potential interviews. 

How to apply

Submit the completed Global Fund application form to by midnight of the specified monthly deadline. 

Download the application form here:

Note: Applicants can schedule a consultation appointment before submitting their application by emailing 



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