Working on a project with a positive impact on the brown or providence community? BSA inspire is here to help!

BSA Inspire is a social impact competition granting funds to winning projects, programs or initiatives that have a clear benefit for the Brown or greater Providence community. This year, BSA Inspire will be awarding $2,550 in total monetary prizes to winning projects or programs from student individuals or groups. Qualifying projects, programs or initiatives include but are not limited to community education programs, arts advancement, awareness and action campaigns, and other services or products clearly benefitting students and/or community members.

Overview

Based on a similar program run by Northwestern Student Holdings called Impact Week, BSA Inspire is an annual social impact competition with the objective of giving back to Brown and the Providence community. All student individuals or groups with an existing or in-development project, program or initiative that positively impacts the Brown and/or Providence community are encouraged to apply. After an initial written application process, BSA will select four finalists from submitted projects or programs. The four finalists will have two weeks to prepare a 5-8 minute presentation to be delivered at the BSA Inspire Night. The presentations will be recorded and posted online and the Brown student body will be able vote for their favorite project or program online. While all four finalists will receive a monetary prize, the size of the prize will be determined by the results of the competition. Essentially, BSA aims to provide funds to deserving students on campus who are engaged in positive social initiatives while simultaneously educating the rest of campus about about these incredible projects and initiatives.

How to apply

Applications are now open for BSA Inspire. Follow the link below to fill out the application form.

Timeline

March 1st - Application opens
March 24th - Application deadline
April 19th - Inspire Party
May 3rd - Voting ends

*Please note that these date are subject to change

Funds Distribution

Spring 2017 funds are distributed as follows:
First place prize: $1000
Second place prize: $700
Third place prize: $500
Fourth place prize: $350

Please contact bsa@brown.edu for any questions or comments. 

Project Guidelines:

Student Group Project Guidelines:

  • Applicants must be Brown students, either individuals or groups. Groups are not required to be SAO-recognized.
  • Each group/student must apply for funding with a specific project, program, or initiative which benefits the Brown and/or Providence community.
  • Creating and running the project must also benefit the students themselves by enhancing their grasp of leadership skills.
  • Qualifying projects might include but are not limited to: education programs, arts advancement, raising awareness of social issues, providing a service or product to students or community members, etc.
  • This is not for events funding. All applications must propose at least a short-term project, program or initiative.
  • Successful applicants will also demonstrate responsibility and leadership skills through past experience
  • Applicants must address future plans for their project

Funding Criteria:

  • Positive impact on Brown/Providence communities
  • Clarity of proposal: well thought-out, structured, coherent, functional, and demonstrate serious commitment to project
  • Evidence of previous experience with positions of responsibility in completed projects. If the student invidiviuals or group does not have prior experience, they must demonstrate a strong background or foundation for the projects or similar past endeavours.
  • Feasibility of project
  • Financial need of group

2016 Winners

  • 1st Place: BRYTE
  • 2nd Place: Penta 
  • 3rd Place: Fiction for Kids
  • 4th Place: SDWC Zine Collection

Other Past Recipients of BSA Inspire 

Brown Market Shares
BASE/PrSYM
Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition (RISCC) 
Interfaith Exchange
BRYTE Summer Camp
$ocial Classmates
Rhode Island Medical Advocacy Project (RIMAP) 
Design For America (DFA) 
Care Free Clinic

Brown Student Language Exchange (BSLE) 
“Cultivating Hope” Project
Outdoor Leadership Environmental Education Program (OLEEP) 
Brown for Financial Aid
Brown Human Rights Report
Winter Break Projects
Brown University Mediation Project (BUMP) 
Tink | knit
Brown Brain Bee
BruNotes
First Gen