Chapman and Innovation Grants

Get funding for larger community projects to support local non-profit organizations.

About the grant

The Chapman and Innovation Grants (C&I) offers UBC students the opportunity to create and carry out a meaningful project in partnership with a local not-for-profit community organization. The C&I grants are designed to help students work with a community organization to test a new idea and take initiative in tackling issues affecting underrepresented populations in their local communities.

The C&I grants strives to be a dynamic learning opportunity, challenging students to learn starting from the application process to when the project is completed, without the fear of failing. In fact, the Innovation and Chapman grants are specifically designed for students and community organizations to think imaginatively, constructively and to push boundaries - without concern for everything going right - the best learning often comes from simply trying. Applicants can request funds between $1,500 – $10,000 for their proposed project which must be completed within six (6) months of the grant being awarded.

Successful proposals promote the self- empowerment of communities and foster strong, longterm partnerships between UBC and the community. Recipients are required to participate in a mid-project check-in with Centre for Community and Engaged Learning (CCEL) staff and to submit a brief final report.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all project proposals must follow UBC and BC Government public safety protocols. For more information, visit UBC's Covid-19 Health Guidance page.

What the grant can fund

Projects that have off-campus activities

Off-campus activities include workshops, community-meetings, initiatives, community events, forums, educational, health, environmental or cultural-based projects.

Projects with a Community partner 

Community partners must be a registered charity, society, cooperative, non-profit or public sector, community organization, First Nation, school, municipal, federal or provincial government office.

Check out past grant winners for more ideas! 

Eligibility requirements

Before proceeding with an application, all students should read the Eligibility Guidelines (PDF) to confirm that their project is fundable through CCEL. 

How to apply

Before you apply

Before you fill out the application form, these documents will support the completion and success of your application:


November 7, 2020 Application opens
January 29, 2021 Application closes
Mid February 2021 Winners announced

Apply for the grant

Book an advising session with CCEL staff to brainstorm your impact project idea and learn more about the grant by emailing

Apply Today

Past grant winners

If you have questions

Contact the Centre for Community Engaged Learning about community-based opportunities, programs, and resources.

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