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GWupstart is GW's central hub for social innovation training, mentoring and funding. It builds on GW’s strength as an institution that fosters the next generation of citizen leaders. Approximately $45,000 in funding is available every year. In addition, we provide mentorship and support to students to turn their ideas into practical action that makes a measurable, sustained difference.

The Nashman Center defines social innovation as creative approaches to addressing social problems. All projects supported by GWupstart strive to be ethical, creative, systematic, sustainable and created in partnership with community organizations and the residents who will be affected by the project.




Clinton Global Initiative University - Commitment Maker Challenge

Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Commitment Maker Challenge allows GW students to compete for funding to support their CGI U Commitments to Action. For those who have been accepted to CGI U, awards are available to supplement travel to the annual Clinton Global Initiative University gathering.

Eco-Equity Challenge

The Office of Sustainability and the Nashman Center provide support for GW students in their social entrepreneurial efforts to address environmental and social justice issues in Washington, DC.

Projects for Peace

Projects for Peace invites undergraduates at US colleges and universities to design grassroots projects that promote peace and address the root causes of conflict.

Public Service Grant Commission

The Public Service Grant Commission encourages and cultivates student-led social innovation by providing institutional support to individuals and organizations to carry out innovative, feasible community service programs and ideas.

Mentorship, Training, and Workshops 

The Nashman Center provides many opportunities for students to meet with a mentor, learn about the various application processes, hone their grant writing skills, and community engagement best practices. 



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