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Do Good Mini-Grant

Receive up to $500 to support your social impact project or venture! The Do Good Mini-Grant provides funding for the development and implementation of student-led, student-run proposals which aim to create a positive social or environmental impact.

You are a great fit for the Do Good Mini-Grant if you are…

  • Passionate about creating change for a social or environmental issue

  • Participating in a student-led, student-run team or organization that engages in fundraising, service, advocacy, social entrepreneurship, or other activities to Do Good

  • Looking for a community of social advocates, innovators, and changemakers

  • Want to bolster your efforts to participate in the Do Good Challenge. Learn more about the Do Good Challenge here.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Applications Open: January 28

  • Applications Close: March 3, 11:59pm

  • Interviews: Rolling

  • Recipients Announced: March 15

  • Recipient Orientation Session: March 27

Application Process

  1. Submit an application through Org Sync

    • As a University of Maryland student, you already have an OrgSync account. You will need to “Sign In With Campus ID” using your Directory ID and password.

    • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

  1. Schedule and participate in an interview

    • If selected for an interview, you will receive an email notification with a link to schedule an interview with a Do Good Graduate Coordinator.

    • Up to 4 team members may attend the interview.

    • Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis but the majority will be held March 8 - March 14  

  1. Receive an award notification and attend an orientation

    • If selected to receive a Do Good Mini-Grant, you will receive an Award Notification Letter.

    • Recipients will need to attend a orientation session to learn about fund requirements and disbursement options.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be a currently enrolled student at the University of Maryland.

  • Applicants may apply as an individual or a team. Teams may be a new or existing (such as student organizations, fraternities or sororities, or academic programs).

  • Teams must have a designated Team Leader. Team Leaders must be a full or part-time degree-seeking students at the University of Maryland.

  • Team Leaders will be the main contact person for all ​Do Good communications​, notifications, and questions. ​Team Leaders will take primary responsibility for receiving and responding to all correspondence.

  • Applicants proposals, projects, or ventures must be student-led and student-run.  Faculty, staff, and external partners are encouraged to serve strictly as advisors or mentors.

  • Teams are encouraged to incorporate members and/or mentors from different colleges or schools. Where appropriate, teams should consider mentors that represent community partners or industry experts with unique knowledge and experience in the field related to the proposal, project, or venture. 

Use of Funds

Recipients agree to use funds for expenses that advance the development of your proposal, project, or venture. Some examples of eligible expenses include materials/supplies, catering, venues, building of prototypes, and consultation expenses (legal, marketing, design). Awards may not be used for tuition, textbooks, business meals/entertainment, personal computers, or salaries/wages for team leaders, team members, advisors, or mentors. Awards may not be used as a donation to an organization, such as a nonprofit partner, a national chapter, sponsor site, or other entity. DGI staff reserve the right to decide whether or not expenses are acceptable for the use of all awarded funds.

Previous Recipients

Since 2013, the Do Good Institute has awarded thousands of dollars to more than 100 student-led initiatives to support their passion to Do Good. Find out more about recent Do Good Mini-Grant recipients below.

Spring 2019 RecipientsFall 2018 Recipients | Spring 2018 Recipients | Fall 2017 Recipients

Contact Us

If you have further questions or concerns, you can set-up an advising appointment or email us at dogoodchallenge@umd.edu.


Last Updated: March 29, 2019