Plum Submission Guidelines
- The applicant must be 25 or under.
- The applicant must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen (You will be asked to prove citizenship and age if you win).
- You can only win one grant from Do Something in a twelve month period (excluding BRICK).
Do Something Grants cannot be used to fund:
- Travel Costs (If you are looking for grants to help you cover a travel abroad experience check out: mytravelbug.org or studyabroadfunding.org )
- Individual Sponsorships
- Shipping Costs
- Individual School Fees (Do Something Grants are not educational scholarships)
- Plum applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once your completed Plum application is submitted your application will remain active for consideration for three months. If you have not been notified that you won a Plum grant three months from the date you submitted your application, your application is no longer eligible to win and you should consider reapplying.
- When the grant has a submission deadline, you should be notified of your application status within two weeks after the deadline.
- Your grant money needs to be used within six months of receiving it. All grant recipients are required to submit a final grant update.
Core Criteria of a successful application:
- Youth led and driven
The applicant is in charge of or plays a very active role in designing, leading, and implementing the proposed project.
- Measurable change
Do Something Grant recipients strive toward tangible results. They target quantifiable situations: such as a community’s voter registration rate, and aim to improve that rate by a specific amount.
- Community focus
Do Something Grant recipients focus on problems in their communities. How an applicant defines his or her “community” is up to him or her.
- Long-term problem-solving action
A Do Something Grant recipient’s project can be a one-time event or an ongoing program; either way, it should strive to make lasting change in his or her community.
Do Something Grant recipients have creative, original ideas for solving problems and creating change in their local communities.
Do Something doesn’t view diversity as a “challenge.” We see diversity as something to celebrate. We encourage projects that bring different kinds of people together.
Take a look at our "Path to Change" for ideas on planning a successful project.
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