Qualified students can apply for grants to receive funding for various opportunities in the field of social impact. Please read through this page to understand if you might qualify for a grant before applying. Grant requests are normally reviewed once a month in Fall and Winter Semesters, less often in Spring and Summer Terms.
If you are requesting a grant that will include travel to a BYU restricted country (click on the Travel Restrictions List Tab after going to the website) that additional security process usually takes 6+ weeks to be approved after you complete two additional Ballard Center forms. These security forms need to be received from Todd Manwaring, director of the Ballard Center.
Ballard Center Grant Process
All grant applications are scored on the following two criteria:
1. How involved the student is with the Ballard Center (person score in the image, below).
- All students receiving grants are passionate about social innovation and want to work for or start a social venture and/or find new ways to tackle old problems via research.
- Students receive a score of 0 – 10 based on this criteria:
- 9-10 score. The student has received the Ballard Scholar Award (BSA) and is involved with other Ballard Center programs.
- 7-8 score. The student has a committed plan to receive the BSA and has taken the two BSA foundation courses and is involved with at least one other Ballard Center program.
- 5-6 score. The student has a committed plan to receive the BSA and has taken the MSB 375 Social Innovation “Do Good Better” course.
- 3-4 score. The student has completed two or more Ballard Center courses and participates regularly in one or more of our events or clubs.
- 1-2 score. The student has been involved with the Ballard Center in some way.
2. How vetted the experience is with the Ballard Center’s mission to teach students how to solve social problems (experience score in the image, below).
An internship, consulting, or research with a high score meets one or more of the following criteria:
- The target organization is vetted (approved) by a leading organization such as Ashoka, Skoll Foundation, Schwab Foundation, Mulago Foundation, Peery Foundation, Acumen, Echoing Green, or similar organization who has professionally vetted as best-in-class, not just funded, the organization.
- The organization has achieved “Best Venture” status in the Ballard Center’s Social Venture Academy.
- Research with faculty on high social impact efforts.
Please note that many applications fall somewhere between and are weighted according to our criteria and all other applications. If you don’t fall into the “likely” category, make a case for yourself or your organization in the grant application (“I may not fit this criteria, but . . .”).
Grant amounts vary based on need, project details, and other criteria. Grants are intended to provide reimbursement for travel expenses such as airfare and daily living costs.
Other Grant and Funding Resources
Although a BYU education is highly subsidized, some students need additional funding to take part in these life–changing internships. You will be asked in the application about other sources that you have pursued for funding, including family resources, before asking for a grant amount.
Send us an email after applying so that we know that you finished your application. Otherwise we won’t know that you’ve applied.Apply for Grants
You can also contact us with any questions you may have prior to or after applying. We’d love to hear from you.