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Davis Projects for Peace

How would you like to receive up to $10,000 for designing and carrying out a grassroots project during the summer of 2021—anywhere in the world—to promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among peoples?

The competition

Interested students should consider applying for a grant through Davis Projects for Peace program, run by the Davis Foundation headquartered at Middlebury College in Vermont.

You can apply by yourself or in collaboration with other students.


You are eligible to apply for the Projects for Peace grant if you are: 

  1. A current student at Lake Forest in good standing (including those who will have graduated by Summer 2021)
  2. Creative
  3. Adventurous
  4. Passionate about building cultural understanding
  5. Eager to experience and understand other cultures

Here are five things you need to know 

1. Full information about the Davis Projects for Peace program, including examples of other winning projects and application guidelines, can be found at the Davis Foundation website.

2. The on-campus deadline for grant applications is 11:59PM on January 15. Applications should include a proposal and budget (see information on this page regarding proposal requirements - it is the 6th question down.)

3. Recommendations for the winning proposal will be made by mid February, by an on-campus selection committee.  Final decision regarding the winning proposal will be made by the Davis Foundation by mid-March.

4. The on-campus person to contact for advice and other questions regarding this program is Alexandra Olson, Global Engagement Office Coordinator, ext. 5231, or   

Past Lake Forest College projects

2019: Safe Water, Safe Homes in Mexico

2018: Build Playgrounds, Not Walls in Jerusalem

2016: Clean Water for the Q’eros in Peru

2015: PEACEats: Promoting Peace through Food in India 

2014: The Start of Illukhena Revolution - A Step Towards its Growth in Sri Lanka

2013: Senuyaa: To Purify in Guinea

2012: Likusasa - “The Future” in Swaziland

2011: Youzhitupin (Green Diet) in China

2010: The Uncovered Artistry Project in the U.S. 

2009: Madres Fuertes: Developing a Sustainable Future for Young Mothers in Peru

2008: A Chicken Farm for Self-Sustainability in Bolivia

2007: Nepal Project in Nepal 

Other projects can be found here.

Read about the latest Davis Projects for Peace