Public Service Grant Commission

Supporting GWU's student ideas in action
PSGC Offers $20,000 in Funding

About the 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. 

The Mission

Founded in 2009, the Public Service Grant Commission is the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement’s social innovation fund supporting GW students’ entrepreneurial passions for stimulating change and delivering solutions through student-led service projects and initiatives in partnership with Washington, DC area organizations.

Apply for a Public Service Grant

Public Service grants make it possible for GW students to harness their passions for changing the world through innovative student-led projects. Mini-grant awards provide financial backing to the ideas of GW students. They range from $500 – $2500 per individual or group project. There are currently 4 deadlines for the 2016-17 academic year:

Fall 2016

Deadline 1:  Oct. 7, 2016
Deadline 2: Nov. 4, 2016

Spring 2017

Deadline 3: February 3, 2017
Deadline 4: March 3, 2017

Access a Public Service Grant application. Find more information on the PSGC WordPress Site.


5 Keys to a Superior PSGC proposal:

1.Create a well written, compelling research backed narrative that describes the problem & serves as justification for action
2.Introduce and detail a sound, creative, feasible, service solution
3.Distill inputs, outputs, scale & intended outcomes (the logic model)
4.Detail clear barometers of success, including partnerships, benchmarks, and impact metrics and a evaluation plan
5.Include well written and detailed supplementals: a budget, timeline and letter of support
¨TIP: Understanding the questions types can help you better create a cohesive narrative.

Please look through past service awards to see examples of how GW students have proposed and completed successful projects in the past.

Questions? Please contact Jonathan Butler at