Micro-Grants Program and Eligibility

The WMI Micro-Grants Program is open exclusively to all WMI Graduate Scholars. Preference is given to Graduates who are actively involved in Fellowship groups if present within their nation and participation in WMI’s Scholar Journey opportunities. Projects that are related to their area of study/work and/or in the community that they currently live will also be given preference. Only applications from WMI Graduate Scholars will be reviewed and funded.

The WMI Micro-Grants Program will provide a one-time grant or matching grant of $100 to $1000 USD to help start, or significantly expand, a business, community-based organization (CBO), non-governmental organization (NGO), community service project or community event.

While we do not expect grantees to pay back any of the funds received from the WMI Micro-Grants Program, we do need and require the submission of reports to WMI on activities undertaken and funds spent.

Graduate Scholars are eligible to apply for a maximum of two grants. There is a required two-year wait time before applying for a second award.

Application Timeline

To enhance professional growth with all aspects of program development and grant writing skills, WMI provides all Graduate Scholars with individualised application coaching.

After submitting your first round proposal, the review committee will provide direct feedback for each qualifying application.

With this feedback, Graduate Scholars will have one month to continue developing their proposals by creating more detailed processes, conducting research and community outreach, revising budgets and timelines, etc.

A final revised application will be submitted online and a funding decision will be made.

Important Program Dates

There will be two application periods in 2019.

Round one applications must be submitted by April 15, 2019 or October 15, 2019.

Spring 2019

  • Round 1 MG application deadline: April 15
  • Review & revision coaching: April & May
  • Final revised MG application deadline: June 1
  • Award announcement: June 15
  • MG funds sent: July

Fall 2019

  • Round 1 MG application deadline: October 15
  • Review & revision coaching: October & November
  • Final revised MG application deadline: December 1
  • Award announcement: December 15
  • MG funds sent: January

Application and Supporting Resources

Step 1: Review the Micro-Grants Program Application Questions & Written Project Proposal Guidelines

Step 2: Download the Micro-Grants Planning Timeline Template and  Micro-Grants Budget & Six-Month Expense & Revenue Templates

Step 3: Prepare answers for the WMI MG Program Application, write your formal project proposal, complete the Planning Timeline and Budget(s) before the application form (online GoogleForm).

Step 4: Complete the Micro-Grants Program Application, attach the Formal Project Proposal, WMI MG Planning Timeline, the WMI MG Budget & Six-Month Expense & Revenue Budget (if applicable) and submit!

Step 5: Receive a confirmation email from WMI Staff confirming that your application submission is complete and all file formats are accessible.

Note: All applications and supporting documents must be completed in English.

Strategies for Successful Applications

DETAILED PLANNING: Successful programs are ones that are extremely well planned in advance, thus we will not be funding programs without evidence of careful planning. Careful planning must be applied to all stages of the application; needs assessment, implementation planning, developing a support team, budgetary needs, financial projections, partner/other funding sources, and the measurement of results.

Application Tip: WMI provides application coaching for all applicants.

LOCAL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: The most successful projects are those that are also supported by the local community. We want to see partners and contributions made on behalf of others who support your idea. WMI Micro-Grant funding can make up a significant part of the project budget, but not all of the funds necessary to implement a program.

Application Tip: WMI requires and looks for detailed community interest and contributions within project proposals. This may be in the form of financial donations or in-kind donations. WMI will also provide awards that are aligned with the “matching funds” model.


MEASURING OUTCOMES: We believe that monitoring and evaluation are extremely important aspects for all projects (even our own!).

Application Tip: All projects will need to have a method for showcasing or measuring impact. For some projects this may be a pre-and-post knowledge survey, for other projects it might relate to financial reports and activities undertaken to raise sales, etc. WMI staff will be assisting with this element of program planning during the revision stage in October and November.

ENCOURAGING SUSTAINABILITY: Except in a rare “one-off” program, the Graduate Scholar should be looking for ways to make the program sustainable so that it can continue in the future.

Application Tip: Sustainability of your project will need to be detailed within the application. WMF staff will be assisting with this element of program planning during the revision stage in October and November.

GRADUATE SCHOLAR’S DIRECT INVOLVEMENT: Although we are enthusiastic about the many good programs that our Graduate Scholars may know of, Micro-Grants are not a vehicle for simply passing a donation along to a favorite charity or group of individuals in need of funding. There must be substantial direct involvement by the Graduate Scholar in all aspects of the project.

Application Tip: The Graduate Scholar’s role in implementing the project must be clearly defined with responsibilities and tasks.

Questions or Concerns

To seek application assistance or to learn more about this program, please contact:

Nicole Schmitz
Graduate Scholar Coordinator