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Have you identified a community problem that needs to be tackled?  Know how to fix it, but lack the resources to implement a solution?  Here's your chance to make a difference.

The Civic Innovators Project (formerly known as H3C) is an opportunity for social entrepreneurs to generate solutions and make a difference in our community.

Questions regarding the Civic Innovators Program should be directed to Matt Jacobs, mjacobs@ufl.edu.

The Challenge: To improve the civic health of our campus and/or a Florida community by proposing projects that will advance the common good.

The Civic Innovators Program funds innovative projects that strengthen the University of Florida campus, our Florida communities, or both. These projects can take many different forms, with a focus on social, economic, educational, health and political issues, or on some combination thereof. But they must be collaborative, groundbreaking and promote achievable objectives.

I. Proposals are submitted to The Bob Graham Center, and include: 
a. A two-page narrative that includes a statement of the problem, a brief description of the project, a list of goals and a discussion of the strategies to reach the goals;

b. A one-page description of a collaborative approach that includes the core team of at least 3-5 UF students who will lead and organize to achieve the project's goals;

c. A letter of support from a faculty member or advisor;

d. A letter of support from any campus or community group with which the project will support, collaborate with and/or rely upon (only required if the project will indeed involve another group); and

e. A one-page annotated budget.

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II. Proposals are judged by the following criteria:

a. The degree to which the project is consistent with the program's objective to improve the civic health of our communities by making a measurable impact in an innovative and creative manner;

b. The degree to which the proposed project is focused on an important issue and demonstrates a thoughtful and workable strategy;

c. The degree to which the project’s goals are clear and achievable within one year; and

d. The degree to which the project is sustainable and perhaps transferable.

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III. Selection process:

a. A three-person committee of UF faculty and staff judge the proposals based upon the criteria listed above.

b. The best proposals are invited to give a short presentation to the selection committee, with the opportunity for questions.

c. The most promising and feasible project proposals are awarded up to $5,000 to pursue implementation.

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IV. Note to applicants:

Project proposal applications demonstrate a thorough, well-thought-out project that makes a positive impact on a local community. Project should demonstrate a level of creativity and social entrepreneurship, utilizing a productive team effort to achieve clear goals. This is not easy to achieve, nor should be taken lightly. 

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The Civic Innovators Project (formerly known as H3C) is funded by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida and overseen by the Bob Graham Center and the UF Division of Students Affairs.