Small Change, Better World Proposal
Small Change, Better World is an initiative designed to catalyze student action on poverty-related issues.

Students who have completed our systemwide online course on Global Poverty & Inequality in the 21st Century, 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.

Small Change seed grants give students an opportunity to meet a tangible need in their own community or a community wherein they’ve worked. This initiative is designed to lower the barriers to engagement and become one of the first in a series of actions that students take over their lifetime, sparking a lifetime commitment to social action.

There will be a limited number of grants of up to $3,000 to support project costs. Funded projects must be achievable within a finite period of time, such as a quarter or semester.

Before submitting your proposal, carefully review program information online:

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Eligibility Requirements:
• Must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at UC Irvine.
• Must be in good academic standing.
• Must plan to be enrolled full-time for the duration of the proposed project.
Applicant Information
First Name *
Last Name *
UC ID Number: *
Phone Number: *
Degree Program: *
Major(s): *
GPA: *
Current Year *
Expected Graduation
Describe your proposed project. Include a discussion of why you want to do this project and what this project addresses. (Max 500 words) *
Itemized Budget Narrative (Max 250 words) *
Total Amount Requested *
Please enter a whole dollar amount based on the itemized narrative above.
Do you plan to work with a specific organization or community leader to implement this project? If so, please list organization and provide contact information here:
What are some challenges that may arise during the implementation of this project, and how do you plan to address them? (Max 500 words) *
What category does this project fall under (e.g. Education, Food Systems, Health), and why? (Max 500 words) *
Do you have any other funding sources for this project (e.g. GoFundMe)? If so, please list them here:
Will the proposed project be completed within 10-15 weeks of receiving award? *
Please provide a brief 2-3 sentence student bio. *
Please provide a brief 2-3 sentence project summary. *
Provide a 1 sentence project impact statement (e.g. this equipment/project will be used to serve about X number of community members) *
If selected, can the UCI Blum Center publish the impact statements and your student bio including name, headshot and major for the Small Change, Better World website page? *
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