How would you change the world with $10,000? Projects for Peace exists to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students on campus to design and submit grassroots projects for peace. Want to help bring clean water to a small town in Peru? Or maybe teach a community in South Africa about Sexual Health and Violence? Dream big. The top submissions nationally will be granted $10,000 each to make their project happen. This grant program aims to inspire and motivate college students to create and implement plans for building peace in the twenty-first century.
Projects for Peace is made possible by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist, who celebrated her centennial birthday in 2007 by committing $1 million to fund Projects for Peace. As a Davis United World College Scholars Program partner school, University of Florida students have been awarded over $200,000 since 2007.
This year’s theme is Serving the Gainesville Community. All projects for this cycle should address disparities and needs within the local Gainesville community. Projects can be done in person with proper protocol, or virtually. Find out more about the proposal in the section requirements below.
January 15, 2021
“My many years have taught me that there will always be conflict. It’s part of human nature. But I’ll remind you that love, kindness, and support are also part of human nature. My challenge to you is to bring about a mindset of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war.”
– Kathryn W. Davis
Founder, Projects for Peace
Have an idea and want to get started? Or just not sure where to start? Our staff is available for individual consultation. Out staff is also available to review your proposal and provide feedback as well as connect you to additional resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation.
January 15, 2021: Proposals due! Check on BCLS website for final submission instructions in November
January 22, 2021: Finalists are notified
January 29, 2021: Finalists presentation and Q+A with judges (20 minute appointment between 9am-12pm)
Late May 2021: Funding dispersed
Summer 2021: Project implementation
Late August 2021: Final report due to BCLS
Phase 1: Proposal Submission: All proposals will be judged on the following:
Phase 2: Presentation
The finalists will deliver a short presentation of their project for the judges (2/3 slides) and answer questions about their application. This is a time for applicants to show their knowledge of the project/issue and demonstrate that they have thought of possible challenges. The judges will make their final decision after presentation day.
Final narratives should include:
Final reports may be posted on the program’s website. A complete set of reports will be compiled for the Davis Foundation and the Davis family as a way of thanking Mrs. Davis for her faith and investment in young and motivated peacemakers.