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Innovation Grant

Funding for larger community projects

About The Grant

All UBC undergraduate and graduate students (except doctoral) are eligible for the Innovation Grant.

Up-to $10,000 is available for each project and 3-5 projects are funded each year.  Students do not need to apply for the full amount if another amount is more appropriate for their project needs. Projects should be completed no later than August 31st, 2019. 

The Innovation grant is designed to help students work with a community partner to test a new idea and take initiative in tackling issues affecting under-represented populations in their local communities. We encourage students and community partners to be innovative in their thinking and to test new ideas without the fear of failing. In fact, the Innovation grants are specifically designed to help students and community partners think imaginatively, constructively and to push boundaries - without concern for everything going right - as we believe the best learning often comes from simply trying.

Note: In previous years a Chapman grant was available to Trek and Reading Week program alum. We will be launching a new initiative this year, stay tuned for more information. If you were interested in funding a project you are eligible and are welcome to continue with an application for the Innovation grant!

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

Interested in applying for a grant or curious to learn more? Contact us to book an advising session with our staff to nuance your impact project idea.

To apply for the grant, follow this link to our online application form

Please download and review the application package before you begin your application, however, please note that the application MUST be submitted electronically through the link above.

Additional documents to download - Innovation Grant ToolkitBudget Template

Important Grant Dates

Application Opens January 4th, 2019
Application Closes March 1st, 2019
Winners Announced March 22nd, 2019

Past grant winners

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