Davis Projects for Peace

Two University of Michigan students pose with their community partners in Sri Lanka, as part of their Davis Project for Peace.

The Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning is pleased to participate in the Davis Projects for Peace initiative. The Davis Projects for Peace were made possible by Kathryn Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist who was committed to providing the resources to today's student leaders for actionable project ideas. Mrs. Davis envisioned this program in 2007, when she was turning 100: "I want to use my 100th birthday to help young people launch some immediate initiatives that could bring new thinking to the prospects for peace in the world." Based on the success of the initiative, it continues now in her memory.

Projects for Peace are summer-long projects designed and implemented by undergraduate students passionate about peace in their communities and around the globe. The initiative hopes to prepare students as ethical global leaders by providing the resources to execute innovative grassroots project ideas. These projects, as defined by students, creatively address worldwide peace efforts providing sustainable solutions to contemporary society.

The University of Michigan is one of 90 universities participating; the University's selection committee will submit one student proposal to be considered as a 2024 Project for Peace.

The selected proposal will be eligible to receive a grant of up to $10,000 funded by the Davis United World Scholars Program.

Eligibility Criteria

Any undergraduate student (including current seniors) and/or any recognized student organization at U-M may submit a proposal.

Interested students and/or student organizations need to submit a 2-page proposal (maximum) that creatively interprets the phrase "project for peace." Intentionally, no clear definition of "peace" is offered so as not to limit the imagination. We leave it up to the students to define what a "project for peace" might be; we hope the project reflects creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The overall program is to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere; special consideration will be given this year to  grassroots projects based in Washtenaw County, southeast Michigan or other domestic locations. The proposal should include a 1-page budget (template included below) detailing how you would plan to spend the $10,000 grant.

Process Requirements

The process for grant funding with the Ginsberg Center is an interactive process, in which group members work with members of the Ginsberg Center team to increase the potential for positive, sustainable community impact. While the grant process is similar for both small- and large-scale initiatives, receipt of funding for a large-scale initiative may require more rigorous requirements. Requirements for any grant-funded groups include:

  • Attendance at a “Foundations of Community Engagement” workshop. For the 2023-24 academic year, Ginsberg Center workshops will be held in person and virtually. 

  • At least four meetings with Ginsberg Center staff; three times before the initiative and once after. Ginsberg staff or grantee groups may increase this frequency, as needed. 

  • Submission of a post-project impact report that highlights the work done, learning/skills developed, budget, and community impact.

Application and Proposal

The application for the Davis Projects for Peace initiative is available through M-Compass.

You will be asked to upload a 2-page project proposal (using MSWord) to your MCompass application when you fill out the application form. 

Please include the following information in your project proposal:

  • Project Definition: Why is the project important? What issues do you hope to address in the community?
  • Project Objectives: What do you want to accomplish? What are the prospects for future impact?
  • Project Activities: What specifically will be done?
  • Project Partners: With whom will you be working on this project? Who are your community and/or campus partners? What are you doing to ensure true partnership?
  • Project Timetable: What are the critical dates for this project?

Proposed Budget: You must also submit a proposed budget as part of your application. The budget template can be downloaded here, and you will upload it when you fill out your application. Please rename the budget template to something identifiable, such as Davis_2021_Budget_uniqname.xls.

Letter of Support: You must also upload a brief letter of support from a University faculty or staff member or community partner, highlighting your individual or organizational ability to carry out this project. Because this funding centers community-based initiatives, we prefer to see letters of support from community partners.

Deadline and additional information

This year, the proposal process will open in October. All proposals must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Monday, December 18, 2023.

Additional questions may be asked through the MCompass system or sent to [email protected]Note: The funder asks that you do not contact the national Davis Projects for Peace organization (at Middlebury College) about your project or submission to the University of Michigan. The Ginsberg Center manages the grant for the University of Michigan, and should be the point of contact for all U-M students.

For more information about the national Davis Projects for Peace program visit:http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/