Grant Process

Are you passionate about an issue somewhere in the world where you want to make a difference, but you don’t have the money to make it happen?

The GoMakeADifference Grant Process Explained

Grants will be given to projects that demonstrate that they can make a difference.

Projects should be your own initiative (but can be within an already existing NGO), and must show that they put the UWC mission into action, answering a real need and leaving an enduring benefit to the community they are serving. They can be carried out anywhere in the world, for a minimum period of one month – maybe over the summer vacation, or as part of a gap year.

Besides helping other people, it is important that you challenge yourself, learn new skills and develop your own identity and belief in yourself.

Projects for one or two people will be favoured, though some might require a small group led by one or two project leaders. Grants are unlikely to exceed $1,000 – it is meant to be catalyst seed money.

2018 applicants please note:

Applications in previous years have had a focus on projects involving education and particularly education focused projects in developing countries. Whilst such projects are important we would like applicants to also consider opportunities within the developed world and on projects that meet a need other than education. Such applications may have a higher chance of obtaining grant funding.

Be original! Originality is one way of challenging yourself. Do something you haven’t done before.

Think about the UWC mission statement.

Think of a project which helps to foster peace and a sustainable future by uniting peoples, nations and cultures… and then apply for a GoMakeADifference grant!

The process for applying for the GoMakeADifference grant is outlined below in the following stages. Remember – grants will be given to original projects that demonstrate they can make a difference,
Good luck!

Stage 1 – Think about a project

Think about a project that is unique and special to you and the people that would be affected. A project that is truly significant and offers an enduring benefit – something that makes a difference.

Think about how you would deliver it

Stage 2 – Come up with a plan

We would like you to write a project plan with two objectives in mind:

  1. Explain what you are trying to achieve and how you are going to deliver it.
  2. Demonstrate that you have a properly thought-out plan and that you have considered all the risks and rewards.

The contents of the plan should include but need not be limited to:

  • The objectives of the project
  • Details of any supporting/sponsoring organisation or NGO
  • An in-depth analysis of what you are going to be doing, including a timetable
  • Details of your team
  • What enduring benefits will the project leave behind?
  • What are the personal challenges you and your team will face?
  • What are the largest risks to success and how will they be addressed?
  • How will you measure the success of the project?
  • A budget incorporating the following headings:
    • Travel (air and overland costs)
    • Accommodation costs
    • General living costs
    • Other costs
    • Total
  • Please state the currency you are using in your budget, use one currency throughout, whichever is the most logical for you.
  • If these costs exceed the maximum grant of $1,000 how will you raise the difference?
  • Name the member of faculty who will be signing off your project plan.

Stage 3 – Get signed off by a member of faculty

Prior to submitting your online application, please ask a member of faculty to sign off your project plan.

Stage 4 – Complete online application form

The online grant application form allows us to understand a bit more about you, what you have been passionate about at UWC, what activities and services you have undertaken and what your plans for the future are.

The form will help us to know why this project is important to you and where your idea came from.

The application form can be completed online.

Stage 5 – Upload your project plan

As part of your online application, we will need you to complete a project plan (see Stage 2). Please scan in and send electronically with any relevant supporting documentation via the online application process.

If you have any problems scanning in the documentation, then please photograph your application form and attach with your email.

Stage 6 – Ensure your application meets the deadline

The closing date for 2017 awards was 31st January 2017 – please ensure your application has been submitted buy that date. Any applications for 2017 awards cannot be considered after this time.

Stage 7 – Applications reviewed

All applications for 2017 are now closed.  They were acknowledged and applications were reviewed by the GoMakeADifference panel by 15th February 2017.

Stage 8 – Interview with potential candidates

For suitable applications with meaningful projects, an interview process took place with potential candidates, either face to face, by email or by Skype during February and early March 2017.

Stage 9 – Grants approved

Successful candidates were notified by 15th March 2017 and all candidates were also notified by that date.

Grant funds will be distributed to you via your UWC school/college at appropriate times.

Stage 10 – If successful…

If successful, you will be expected to write a short report (including photos and possibly videos) after the project is finished, with what you have achieved, the challenges you faced and what you have learned from the project. This helps to stimulate other candidates next year to GoMakeADifference – to go and make a difference.


Photo of Lia Quartapelle

I cannot forget what we learnt and the service we gave in 2001, and now, in my new position as MP, I am very proud of what we did and grateful for the opportunity I had.

— Lia Quartapelle (member of the Italian Democratic Party)