Development Grants

Our Scholars are creating the changes they want to see in their communities and society. The Community Development Grant program helps them to do this, providing them with capital to start or expand their own community projects and businesses. 

Community Development Grants are open exclusively to WMI Graduate Scholars and provide the opportunity to start or significantly expand a community-based organization, non-governmental organization, business, or community service project.  All graduate scholars are eligible to apply for a Seed Grant of up to 1000 USD. Upon Successful implementation of the Seed Grant, scholars can work in-depth with WMI staff to develop expansion strategies and apply for a Growth Grant of up to 5000 USD. Previous Seed Grants have supported primary and secondary education programs, health programs, youth employment initiatives, agricultural development projects, and peace and conflict resolution programs.

Igniting Change Around the World

We are proud to announce that we have awarded 120 community development grants to WMI scholars from 19 countries since 2016! Our graduate scholars are making great strides in their communities and world. Here is where transformation is taking place.

Seed Grant Awardee Spotlight

Dr. Deekshanta Sitaula & Dr. Amisha Silwal, Nepal

Amisha Silwal and Deekshanta Sitaula are both medical doctors from Nepal. They led a team of volunteers and completed research papers assessing the risky habits and behavioral risk factors among adolescents in the Rasuwa district of rural Nepal by creating awareness and educating adolescents about healthy lifestyles to prevent them from developing non-communicable diseases. They completed study and submitted three research papers in open-access journals of Hindawi and Wiley publications and through this project, addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals of good health and well-being, and sustainable cities/communities.

Meet Some of Our 
Community Development
Seed Grant Awardees

Meet Susan in Uganda. She is helping women and persons with disabilities to become self-reliant successful entrepreneurs and vocational skills training. Support scholars like Susan today!

With an educational background in agriculture, Grace began working in her family’s rural village to create an income-generating beekeeping entrerprise to support vulnerable female subsistence farmers. Ten women will be selected with priority given to those who are single and belonging to one of the lower castes in the nation. Through this project, beneficiaries will learn the basics of beekeeping such as components of the beehive, honey production and processing, marketing and pricing, and money management. In addition to educational sessions and ongoing expert support, beneficiaries are supported with starter beehives and apiary equipment.

Abdul identified a water and sanitation crisis within the Weima community. He observed that the lack of proper water and sanitation in this community is not limited to inadequate facilities but also the inability to sustain existing WASH facilities, which become dilapidated over time making their usage unsafe. With a Community Development Seed Grant, Abdul and community members will improve access to sustainable water sources and create a platform to access sanitation opportunities through the creation of a community-based organisation and a micro-finance group to support sustainably managed WASH self-supply systems. This project will impact 50 direct community beneficiaries and a total of 100 indirect beneficiaries.

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