The Gephardt Institute offers two types of grants that support students, staff, and faculty in the development, implementation, and evaluation of initiatives executed in the St. Louis region and with local partners: Community Planning Grants (up to $1,000) and Community Partnership Grants (up to $5,000).

Grants can support the development of new initiatives or the expansion of existing ones. Read more about each option below.

Community Planning Grants

Purpose and Scope

Community Planning Grants support the development of new initiatives or the further expansion of smaller projects. Successful applicants propose a substantive project in partnership with community members or organizations in St. Louis and receive financial support, as well as advising for implementing community-based initiatives. The scope of support can include:

  • Needs assessment
  • Planning meetings
  • Community partnership facilitation

Grant Size

We welcome proposals ranging from $500-$1,000.  Due to the intensive nature of this grant, applicants are encouraged to formulate a budget that will adequately meet their needs for capacity building.

Eligibility

Washington University undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff are eligible to apply. Community partners and local alumni may apply in collaboration with an individual, group, or department at WashU.

Projects may take place between December 2018 and June 2019. Student awardees must complete their projects prior to graduation.

Additionally, projects should represent the Gephardt Institute’s mission and be undertaken in partnership with members or organizations in the St. Louis community.

Examples of eligible proposals:

  • Activities in preparation for developing a program/project
  • Focus groups
  • Needs assessments
  • Development of curricula
  • Initial engagement of community members (community meetings, open forums, and town halls) for information gathering

Additional Requirements

  • Letter of support from community partner(s)
  • If grant is awarded, a site visit will be required

Community Partnership Grants

Purpose and Scope

Community Partnership Grants support the development of new initiatives or the further expansion of smaller projects. Successful applicants propose a substantive project in partnership with community members or organizations in St. Louis and receive financial support, as well as advising for implementing community-based initiatives. The scope of support can include:

  • Program or project development
  • Program or project expansion
  • Community partnership facilitation

Grant Size

We welcome proposals ranging from $500-5,000.  Due to the intensive nature of this grant, applicants are encouraged to formulate a budget that will adequately meet their needs for capacity building.

Eligibility

Washington University undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff are eligible to apply. Community partners and local alumni may apply in collaboration with an individual, group, or department at WashU.

Projects may take place between December 2018 and June 2019. Student awardees must complete their projects prior to graduation.

Additionally, projects should represent the Gephardt Institute’s mission and be undertaken in partnership with members or organizations in the St. Louis community.

Examples of eligible proposals:

  • Activities that facilitate partnership between WashU and the St. Louis Region
  • Delivery of a program in a local community
  • Partnership with a local organization to support their mission
  • Community-based research
  • Development of curricula
  • Engaging community members in a project or process
  • Expansion of an existing program to a new community

Additional Requirements

  • Letter of support from community partner(s)
  • If grant is awarded, a site visit will be required

Application process:

  1. Complete an online Letter of Intent form (deadline for fall applications: Friday, October 26 at 5pm).
  2. Schedule a proposal review meeting by reaching out to our Civic Engagement Fund Coordinator: civicengagementfund@wustl.edu
  3. Download and complete the Project Proposal Template, then convert it to a pdf.
  4. Prepare a budget document using the Budget Template, then convert to a pdf and include it in your Project Proposal. 
  5. Secure letter(s) of support from community partner(s).
  6. Submit basic demographic information and upload your Project Proposal, budget, and letter(s) of support from community partner(s)

Grants for St. Louis Projects: 2018-2019 Deadlines

(Proposal review meeting must be completed one week prior to deadline)

Community Planning Grants:
November 16

(Proposal review by Nov. 9)

Community Partnership Grants:
March 8

(Proposal review by Mar. 1)

If you have any questions, please contact our Civic Engagement Fund Coordinator: civicengagementfund@wustl.edu