Global Fund

About the UBC and AMS Global Fund

The Global Fund offers grants of up to $2,000 for student-led initiatives with an international or intercultural focus. All currently enrolled UBC Vancouver students are encouraged to apply. 

If you are requesting more than $2,000, please provide your rationale in the project description in the application form.

The Global Fund enabled us to reach out to speakers across the province and country, who participated in facilitating our workshop and panel discussions. These speakers allowed our audience to gain a new perspective on relations between African and Indigenous communities, as well as understand how dispersion can be personified through artefacts and objects and the implication this can have on mental health.

UBC African Awareness initiative, 2020 AAI conference week

Application dates

You can apply for the fund throughout the year by the deadlines below:

  •  September 19, 2021
  • October 17, 2021
  • November 21, 2021
  • January 9, 2022
  • February 6, 2022
  • March 6, 2022

Funding conditions

What your application should include

  • Collaboration
    Applications must involve collaboration across UBC faculties, programs, clubs/organizations. Community partnerships are also applicable.
  • Global Citizenship, social justice and/or intercultural understanding
    Applications must involve people, locations, or content that are global, intercultural or social justice 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

The review committee of the Global Lounge is comprised of 6-7 students, staff, and faculty members, including representatives from the following groups:

  • Global Lounge Community Animators (2)
  • Global Fund Chair (1)
  • AMS Representatives (2)
  • Global Lounge Staff (1)

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

Conditions of funding

Projects should aim to engage all UBC students.

Use of funding

Capital expenses such as the purchase of equipment, materials, or software as an asset that could be used for multiple programs and years such as purchase of banners, photo equipment, or tents are not eligible for funding. 

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. All projects that include international travel must comply with the UBC Student Safety Abroad Policy.

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 do not appropriately use funding.

An organization or individual may not receive more than $2000 in a fiscal year (April – March).

The Global Fund does not fund honorariums but can fund invoiced speaker fees, as well as small gifts or prizes.

Things the Global Fund doesn't fund

  • Personal gain
    Examples included but are not limited to laptops, banners, branded and/or promotional material
  • Operational expenses
    Operational expenses include day to day or typical activities, purchases of snacks for weekly meetings, or advertising costs for general club posters
  • Projects or activities that are a part of an academic curriculum
    This includes field trips, Go Global seminars, exchange programs, or research integral to an academic program
  • UBC departmental initiatives
    Initiatives include programs such as Peer programs (e.g., Orientation leaders)

Collaborations and funding

Collaborations should involve organization(s) hosting or participating in the event/project, preferably a student-group collaboration. Sponsors do not count as a collaboration. A collaborator cannot receive monetary rewards. For example, a paid speaker for a community organization does not count as a collaboration.

Successful awards recipients' responsibilities

  • The successful applicant must acknowledge the support received from the “UBC & AMS Global Fund” in any publications or materials related to the project.
  • Award recipients must use the Global Lounge logo on the promotional material of the funded project. Examples include Global Lounge logo on event posters, event cover photos on social media, and/or printed material.
  • 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.

  • Award recipients are required to provide a Global Fund Final Report (pdf), with permission for the University to use the report and photos for Global Fund promotional purposes. The report must be completed within two weeks of project completion and handed in person to the Global Fund Coordinator.

  • Award recipients are expected to share about their experiences to promote the Global Fund through written submission and potential interviews.

Before you apply

Schedule a consultation

You are strongly encouraged to schedule a consultation appointment before submitting your application. Applicants who consulted with the Global Fund Committee increased their success rate by 100%. 

Schedule an appointment by emailing global.fund@ubc.ca.

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