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Chapman and Innovation Grants

Funding for larger community projects

About the grant

The Chapman and Innovation Grants (C&I) offers UBC students the opportunity to create and implement a meaningful project in partnership with a local not-for-profit community organization. The Chapman and Innovation 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 grant strives to be a dynamic learning opportunity, challenging students to learn from the onset of the application through project completion, 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 - as we believe the best learning often comes from simply trying. Applicants can request funds between $1,500 and $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 CCEL staff and to submit a brief final report.


Before proceeding with an application, all students should read the Eligibility Guidelines to confirm that their project is fundable through the Centre for Community Engaged Learning.

What the grant can fund

  • Projects that include off-campus activities, workshops, community-meetings, initiatives, community events, forums, educational, health, environmental or cultural-based projects.

  • Projects with a Community-Partner who is 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! 

Applying for the grant

Important grant dates

Application Opens November 22, 2019
Application Closes January 24, 2020
Winners Announced Mid-March, 2020

Past grant winners

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