How to get funding for your ideas at UBC

Is there a global or community issue that you are passionate about? If you had the resources, how would you approach this problem?

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

That’s right, not only will you be able to pitch some of your best ideas on how to support a cause you care about, but you might also receive money to implement those 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 before February 4

These scholarships are awarded to students who wish to collaborate with a local community non-profit organization on an innovative project. The process is designed to be as accessible as possible and is a great place to start if you are new to grant applications. New this year, there are now funds specifically dedicated to international students.

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 have worked on projects as diverse as running mental health workshops in schools, distributing essential items in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and increasing engagement among groups often left out by health promotional material.

Chapman and Innovation Grants | Apply before February 4

Scholarships are awarded to students wishing to work with local community nonprofit organizations, specifically taking the initiative to tackle issues affecting underrepresented populations. Some funds in this scholarship are also intended specifically for international students.

Who can apply

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

Funding available

Applicants can apply for funds between $ 1,500 and $ 10,000 for projects larger than the Connect to Community Grants.

Previous projects

Past laureates 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, up after-school programs, and more.

UBC maps the system | Apply before February 7th

Map the System is a global competition that asks participants to choose a social or environmental issue, research it, and present their findings in a way that people can share and learn. Teams compete at UBC before either team is chosen to represent UBC at the Virtual Canadian National Championships and potentially the World Final competition.

Who can apply

Current UBC students or recent alumni.

Funding available

Various prizes, with rewards of up to £ 4,000 (~ CA $ 7,000) in the Global Final Competition.

Previous projects

Former UBC Laureates (scroll down) have studied the impacts of microplastics in the Great Lakes, examined the causes and circumstances of the missing and murdered Indigenous women’s crisis, and explored the complex fair trade industry.

Global Fund | Apply by January 9, February 6 or March 6

The Global Lounge Global Fund provides grants for student-led initiatives with an international or intercultural focus. If you are interested, it is extremely helpful to 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 laureates have organized an event on the relations between African and indigenous communities, organized a festival fusing art and activism and organized 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!