Small Change, Better World
Recent studies have indicated that many millennials and post-millennials want to be involved in charity and philanthropy, but there aren’t many access points designed for young people—even though they have the necessary energy and passion. Students who have completed our online course on Global Poverty & Inequality, an immersive field study experience, or the Global Scholars Program are often inspired and enthusiastic about taking action, but lack the capital to tackle concrete, outcome-focused projects in their communities.
In thinking about these potential concrete projects, the Blum Center decided to create a new model for using student passion and capacity to make measurable gains along a set of trajectories. Most programming cannot undertake small changes – as it is not an efficient way to run an organization. However, students who have certain skills and interests may be able to identify small needs that may be ignored – filling this gap.
Small Change, Better World provides seed grants for a one-time, limited scope projects that address a specific need. Funded projects must require less than $3,000 and be achievable within a short period of time, such as a quarter or semester.
This funding initiative is coming soon! Small Change, Better World will be open to all UC campuses, and proposed projects will be selected based on the students’ academic standing and graduation status (see FAQ section for more information on the selection requirements).
“Small Change” seed grants give students an opportunity to meet a tangible need in their own community or one wherein they’ve worked. We hope that this is one of the first in a series of actions that students take over their lifetime, sparking a strong commitment to social action.
Frequently Asked Questions
We are planning to launch Small Change, Better World before the end of Winter 2018, allowing for implementation beginning in Spring 2018.
Yes, you may apply as long as you are a UC undergraduate or graduate student. However, be aware that your home campus will manage the transfer of funds. Priority will be given to students who are a part of a Blum Center minor or educational program.
Costs for any necessary materials, supplies, equipment, taxes, transportation, shipping, delivery, etc. Your itemized budget will be unique to the goals of your project, you can ask a Blum Center staff member for more information related to your specific project.
We’re looking to fund projects under $3,000.
Evaluation includes consideration of project feasibility, timeline, and whether you have an existing relationship with an organization. Priority will be given to students who have an existing relationship to an organization.
Other Resources for Projects of Broader Scope:
- Event-focused support: Illuminations
- Research-focused support: UROP
- Long-term Social Enterprise support: New Venture Competition
- Startup company or nonprofit support: New Venture Competition – Social Enterprise Track