Common Sense College Grants

Grant Amount: up to $2,000 

At Common Sense Society, we believe that Liberty, Prosperity, and Beauty are indispensable to human flourishing and happiness. We’ve been hosting events that promote these aspirational ideas since 2009, and now we want to empower you to do the same.

Common Sense College Grants award university and college campus groups with up to $2,000 in funding to host events that have a direct, positive impact on their campus or community. Grants are designed to encourage students to play an active role in promoting the ideas that lead to Liberty, Prosperity, and Beauty. This includes (but is not limited to) events that encourage entrepreneurship, support freedom of speech or conscience, aid the environment, or explore art, literature, and beauty.

Common Sense College Grants can be used to fund any event of the applicant’s choosing. Event topics must be submitted as a proposal in the grant application, and applying groups should clearly explain how they will use the grant money to host an event that will make a positive impact on their campus, community, or the natural world.

Need inspiration? Here are some examples of successful grant proposals: 

  • Host a campus-clean-up or beautification initiative.
  • Organize a panel on a topic important to you. (Please note that CSS can provide speaker recommendations).
  • Host a Shark-Tank style pitch event where student entrepreneurs can present their business ideas and possibly win funding. (CSS may be able to contribute additional grant money for pitch funding.)
  • Organize a public debate around a topic your group is passionate about.

Please note: Events can take place during Spring 2022 or Fall 2022. Undergraduate and graduate organizations are eligible to apply. We are only accepting applicants who attend a college or university within the United States at this time. 


Please list the group/clubs/team(s) applying for grant funding in this proposal.
Please provide the name of a professor or faculty member who will oversee usage of your grant.
Please include your club’s handle or your personal handle.
In 300 words or less, please explain what type of event you would fund with a grant of up to $2,000. Describe how our funding will be used to make this event happen. Remember, event topics are completely up to applicants to decide, but must have a direct, positive impact on the applicant's campus or community.
Please include any other important information. You can also request guidance on your event’s structure or speakers here.

*Common Sense Society will reimburse all expenses for the proposed event. Funds will be reimbursed up to $2,000.

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