The Transform Grant is designed to support robust partnerships between Washington University students and community organizations by providing up to $10,000 in project support aimed at advancing regional priorities.

Successful proposals will involve a substantial co-led project between students and one or more community partner(s) who collaborate, advise, and influence the project. Student applicants will be required to attend three grant development workshops, must demonstrate extensive previous engagement with a partner organization, and have clearly articulated goals and outcomes.

The Transform Grant can support the development of new initiatives or the expansion of existing ones.

Grant Size

We welcome proposals ranging from $1000-$10,000. Due to the intensive
nature of this grant, applicants are encouraged to formulate a budget that will
adequately meet their needs for capacity building.


Partner organization must be located in the St. Louis bi-state region.

Applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time at
Washington University in St. Louis during the time the Transform Grant is

Applicant must obtain a one-page, signed statement of support from their partner
organization(s) illustrating a clear alignment and agreement between the
community partner and student(s) about the terms of the engagement.

All applicants must complete a series of three Transform Grant workshops with
the Gephardt Institute in order for their application to be considered. Successful
applicants will receive an invite to these workshops post Letter of Interest review.

Additionally, projects should represent the Gephardt Institute’s mission.

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 
  • Development of curricula 
  • Engaging community members in a project or process 
  • Expansion of an existing program to a new community 
Application Process

Complete an online Letter of Intent (LOI) form by October 31, 2023.  

All LOIs will be reviewed by November 10, 2023 and successful applicants will be invited to the three required grant workshops. 

Attendance at all three grant workshops is required (November, December, and January).  

Secure letter(s) of support from community partner(s). 

Completing a Letter of Intent (LOI) form is only the first step in applying to the Transform Grant. A select number of students will be selected to attend the required three grant workshops based of the LOIs submitted. More project details, a formal application, and grant funding will occur after students complete all three workshops.

 If you have any questions, please contact our St. Louis Impact Fund Assistant: