Funding Ideas in a Flash

We received 18 proposals requesting $130,945 in funding in the January Flash Funding cycle. Thank you, UVA for your innovative ideas and commitment to further enhance the University!

If you missed January, our February Flash funding proposal form is open. Flash grants are capped at $10,000 and focus on short-term projects or immediate use opportunities, often for student organizations. Proposals must be submitted no later than February 28, with decisions determined by March 15.

For additional information, please visit our Grant Seekers page or contact our Director of Grants, Amy, at abonner@virginia.edu to discuss your idea and potential funding.

Flash Funding is Available!

We fund great ideas from students, faculty, and staff

The January Flash Funding cycle has closed, and we received 16 proposals requesting a total of $155,540 in funding!

If you missed January, our February application cycle is open! Flash Funds are focused on shorter-term or immediate use projects, with awards capped at $10,000 per project. All proposals submitted in February will have a decision by March 15. Please visit our Apply Page to learn more and view an Information Session video, or contact our Grants Administrator, Amy at als9n@virginia.edu, to discuss your project.

Flash Funding Grant Applications are live!

Have a great idea? We fund those.

Have a new or innovative idea that needs funding? Apply for a Flash Funding Grant! Flash Funding seeks to fill a need for shorter-term projects or immediate use, and awards are capped at $10,000 per project.

January Applications close on the 31st, with funds awarded on February 15th. February applications open on the 1st and close on the 29th, with funds awarded on March 15th.

Visit our Apply page, and plan to attend one of our information sessions on the second floor of Clemons Library in Room 204:

  • Tuesday January 21st @ 11:15am
  • Thursday January 23rd @ 11:15am
  • Tuesday January 28th @ 11:15am
  • Wednesday January 29th @ 5:15pm
  • Wednesday February 5th @ 5:15pm
  • Thursday February 6th @ 11:15am

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2019–20 Grant Opportunities

Have a great idea? We fund those.

The Jefferson Trust is excited to announce two funding opportunities for the 2019–20 academic year. In addition to our long-standing annual cycle, Flash Funds will return in the spring semester.

We will be holding information sessions this fall! Please join us:

  • Tuesday, 9/3, 5:00 p.m.—Clemons Library
  • Thursday, 9/5, 3:30 p.m.—Manning Pavilion, Alumni Hall
  • Sunday, 9/8, 12:00 p.m.—Clemons Library
  • Thursday, 9/12, 3:00 p.m.—Clemons Library
  • Monday, 9/16, 5:30 p.m.—Clemons Library
  • Thursday, 9/19, 3:00 p.m.—Clemons Library
  • Monday, 9/23, 5:30 p.m.—Clemons Library
  • Thursday, 9/26, 3:00 p.m.—Clemons Library

The 2019–20 annual cycle proposal form is available now. To get started, review our grant guidelines, tips, and FAQ’s, then log in to the proposal system.

Flash funds will be available starting in January 2020. Look for the forms to go live in December.

Announcing our 2019 Flash Funding Grants

This spring the Jefferson Trust launched a new funding opportunity – Flash Funds. Awarded on a monthly basis as long as funds last, Flash Funds seek to meet more immediate needs of the University community.

Eight awards totaling just over $50,000 were funded in March and April. These flash grants include:

Virginia Quarterly Review Podcast Initiative: $8,000
The goal is to launch a radio storytelling series that brings the magazine’s artful style and civic relevance to a globally syndicated podcast—modeled after The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Daily from The New York Times. VQR, one of the country’s most prestigious literary journals, won a National Magazine Award for general excellence this year.

Lightbulb: $10,000
Lightbulb is a unique web platform for college campuses that connects people with ideas to people who have the skill to implement them—helping overcome the most fundamental problem that aspiring entrepreneurs face. Users can approach the platform with an idea (while looking for the right talent to execute it) or as someone with valuable skills to help others with their ideas.

WICS Hack for the Future: $1,400
Women in Computing Sciences (WiCS) supports and celebrates the growing community of women in computing. Every year, WiCS hosts a hackathon at UVA to inspire coders (specifically targeting minorities in the CS industry) to create innovative projects and build their confidence through various workshops. Funding will expand this hackathon in its second year.

Coding for Kids: $2,400
This program supplements the technology and computer science curricula at Charlottesville City Schools—helping combat the pipeline problem in STEM fields through face-to-face, interactive, small-group lessons led by students and faculty from UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce.

Solar Education Community Outreach Program: $2,850
The program teaches Charlottesville middle school students about the logistics and benefits of solar technology, providing a greater understanding of our society’s options with respect to energy sources.

Community Engagement Training Video: $7,940
The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Outreach will create a set of short training videos for UVA students seeking community service opportunities.

Echols Scholars Symposium: $10,000
Echols Scholars, while in their final year as undergraduates, will present what they have learned from their coursework in individual fields of study and at the intersection of various disciplines.

Ripple Fellowship: $10,000
This summer intensive is dedicated to training students in venture development, that they might eventually serve as entrepreneurial mentors for their peers—transforming UVA’s entrepreneurial culture as well as pioneering a national model.

New Grant Cycle: Flash Funding!

2018 Grant Recipients

The Jefferson Trust is excited to launch a new grants cycle: Flash Funding! The inaugural round of submissions will be accepted through February 28, 2019, with funding decisions announced on March 15, 2019. Flash funding will subsequently be available on a monthly basis until the funds are depleted.

Priority will be given to student-led proposals, and immediate-use to short term projects. Awards are capped at $10,000. The link to the proposal system and more information can be found here.