Social Change Innovation Grant

The Social Change Innovation Grant program is facilitated by the Center for Social Change and Community Involvement.  Social Change Innovation Grants support Lewis & Clark College undergraduate student-initiated projects and are designed to:

  • Fund effective and transformative social change initiatives; 
  • Encourage innovation and creativity to explore what is possible;
  • Equip communities that our students care about, both locally and globally, with the tools required to positively impact social change;
  • Develop and test ideas, solve problems, and create opportunities.

Made possible through the generosity of Patrick Nielson ’71 and his wife Dorris Nielson, the Social Change Innovation Grant provides Lewis & Clark College undergraduate students with funds to cover costs such as equipment or technology, educational resources, travel expenses, or other items used to strengthen grassroots efforts for progressive, systemic social change.  This fund prioritizes applications that address community outreach and education, leadership development, root cause and power analysis, and coalition building.  Proposals which directly address racial equity and social justice will be prioritized.

Grant recipients may receive an award up to $5,000.  Five grants will be given annually to an individual or group (undergraduates only) who submits a winning proposal.

For more information regarding the grant and application process, students may contact our office at

The application deadline for 2022 Social Change Innovation grant proposals is Sunday, April 10, 2022 by 5:00 PM PST.

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