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Funding for your ideas
January 11, 2021
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Funding for your ideas

Is there a global or community issue you’re passionate about? If you had the resources, how would you tackle that issue? 

This term, you have the chance to ask yourself these questions. Whether it’s through a grant or a competition, there are several opportunities at UBC to receive funding just for sharing your solutions to a problem you see locally or around the world. 

That’s right—not only will you get to present some of your best ideas on how to help a cause you care about, you could receive money to actually implement these ideas! These opportunities are great ways to collaborate with people who share your passion, and participating can help you develop skills in research, presentation, and innovation. 

Check out your options below: 

Connect to Community Grants | Apply by Jan 22

These grants are given to students looking to collaborate with a local nonprofit community organization through new, creative ideas. The process is designed to be as accessible as possible and is a good place to start if you’re new to grant applications. 

Who can apply

UBC students in an undergraduate or masters program, in partnership with a community organization. 

Funding available

Grants range from $200 to $1,500. 

Previous projects

Past winners worked on projects as diverse as bringing mental health workshops to schools, distributing essential items in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and increasing engagement amongst groups often left out by health promotional materials.

Chapman and Innovation Grants | Apply by Jan 22

Grants are awarded to students aiming to work with local nonprofit community organizations, specifically taking initiative in tackling issues affecting under-represented populations. 

Who can apply

UBC students in an undergraduate or masters program, in partnership with a community organization. 

Funding available 

Applicants can request funds of between $1,500 and $10,000 for larger-scale projects than the Connect to Community grants.

Previous projects

Past winners have worked to reduce homophobic and gender-based violence in Vancouver, monitored air and water quality with the Sumas First Nation, improved physical activity resources for stroke survivors, implemented after-school programming, and more! 

UBC Map the System | Apply by Jan 31

Map the System is a global competition that asks participants to choose a social or environmental issue, conduct research on it, and present their findings in a way that people can share and learn from. Teams compete at UBC before one is chosen to represent UBC at the virtual Canadian nationals, and potentially at the Global Final Competition. 

Who can apply 

Current UBC students or recent alum. 

Funding available 

Various prizes, with awards of up to £4,000 (~$7,000 CAD) at the Global Final Competition. 

Previous projects 

Past UBC winners (scroll down) studied the impacts of microplastics in the Great Lakes, reviewed the causes and circumstances behind the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Crisis, and explored the complicated fair trade industry. 

Global Lounge Global Fund | Apply by Feb 7, Mar 7, or Apr 4

The Global Fund gives out grants for student-led initiatives with an international or intercultural focus. If you’re interested, make sure you schedule a consultation with the Global Fund Committee before applying by emailing global.fund@ubc.ca. Applications are reviewed monthly.  

Who can apply

Current UBC students. 

Funding available 

Up to $2,000. 

Previous projects

Previous recipients put on an event about relations between African and Indigenous communities, organized a festival merging art and activism, and hosted a conference on social enterprise.

If you’re looking for a way to get involved this term, these opportunities are a fantastic way to make a difference, gain experience, and learn outside of your classes. Gather a friend or two, share your ideas, and take action!