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Grant Opportunities

The Institute provides resources to our BLI members through grant possibilities that reinforce our beliefs in student initiative, the importance of learning from real-world experience, and the integral roles of reflection, collaboration, and active engagement with communities.

Leadership Grants: 

Leadership grants allow BLI members to receive up to $4,000 to support short-term projects, events, or leadership development opportunities. Applications are reviewed throughout the academic year on a rolling basis.

  • Amount: up to $500 for members
  • Amount: up to $4,000 for members who complete any BLI LEARN experience

Fall Application: Now - Friday, Dec. 9, 2022

Winter Application (Tentative): Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023 - Monday, March 20, 2023

Past examples of initiatives supported by the BLI Grants:

  • UMSO Invitational Competition: High school Science Olympiad competition at UM
  • Building a Movement: Climate Action on Campus, a climate change panel
  • Dinners in the Dark: dinners where participants are blindfolded to avoid biases during the dialogue
  • The Ezili Project: Provide beauty products to women and non-binary individuals in local homeless shelters
  • Search Inside Yourself: Program fee to support student leadership professional development 
  • [Insert your event, project, or opportunity here!]

Social Transformation Fellowship Grants:

Members who complete the Social Transformation Workshop Series are eligible to receive up to $15,000 in project funding and to receive ongoing coaching & mentorship during the Winter 2023 semester. 

  • Amount: up to $15,000 for members
  • Application: December 2022 for Winter 2023
  • Questions: