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Leadership Ventures Grants

Do you have an idea for a project but lack the resources to launch it? Leadership Ventures promotes innovative and collaborative undergraduate initiatives by providing one-time grants. Each year, projects are selected on a competitive basis to receive up to $3,000. Initiatives may focus on Northwestern, the Evanston community, the Chicagoland area or abroad.

Previous grant winners include:

  • MiniChefz (capital supplies to expand the program)
  • NUThreads (capital to launch the program)
  • LEND (loan fund for Evanston and Northwestern startups)
  • NU Channel One (camera equipment to start production)
  • Seesaw Theatre (produces theatre experiences for children on the autism spectrum)

The proposed project must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible:

  • All grantees must be currently enrolled Northwestern undergraduate students
  • Your team must be a group of two or more students
  • Grants may not be used to replace existing funding from other sources, nor to fund pre-existing annual budget items.
  • Your project must be expected to continue beyond initial funding
  • Funds must be used on the project by the end of the following school year
  • Groups must give a summary presentation and group report on project results
  • The project must be conducted outside of class time
  • The Project may not be used for class credit of any kind (including CFS or independent study)
  • Grantees must develop an action plan for the project

Additionally, all grant winners are required to participate in the Center’s leadership coaching program during the spring quarter the grant is awarded. All applicants have the option of participating in the Center’s leadership coaching program, whether or not they receive a grant. Winners and applicants both have the option of going through the Center’s teamwork assessment process.

The application period for the 2016/2017 academic year opens on January 22, 2017, and will close on February 19, 2017 with finalists interviews and recipients announcements in March. Download the application here.

Undergraduate Research Grant in Leadership

If you are interested in conducting a research project in leadership studies, the Center provides grants to undergraduate students, and Center directors Adam Goodman and Todd Murphy are designated advisors for grant recipients. Apply through the Office of Undergraduate Research

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