IMPACT Awards Resources

IMPACT Proposal Guidelines

IMPACT applications consist of the following:

  1. cover sheet
  2. short bio of each team member
  3. proposal narrative that addresses the following:
    • in-depth discussion of the project
    • description of relevant social issue(s) including intended innovative strategies
    • specific goals and objectives for the project
    • role of your project collaborators
    • description of how the team will use interdisciplinary skill sets
    • explanation of anticipated documentation strategies
  4. project timeline
  5. budget 
    • Use a budget narrative explaining the rationale for certain items.
    • No more than 25 percent of the requested amount may be used for transportation/housing, which includes airfare, hotel/lodging, and all other travel expenses.
    • No CCA student stipends are allowed.
  6. visual material that might include proposal drawings, sketches, photographs, diagrams, or any other visual material to support your IMPACT proposal.

Please note: No proposed projects may be used for course credit. While we welcome projects that stem from or lead to curricular work, no IMPACT financial award can be given to curricular projects.


The Center for Art and Public Life can provide students with additional assistance. The following are recommendations for getting over hurdles you might encounter.

How to Find Teammates

  • Make an announcement in one or all of your classes.
  • Email IMPACT
  • Talk to your friends, friends of friends, and the friends of your friends' friends ... you never know who’ll be interested in joining you.
  • LIKE The Center for Art and Public Life Facebook page, put out a request for teammates, and keep an eye out for people looking to join a team.
  • Talk to your instructors. They may know some fellow classmates who are exactly who you are looking for.
  • Attend future IMPACT networking events.

How to Identify Social Issues to Consider

  • Consider issues from ideas you have encountered in past courses.
  • Recall lectures/events that truly inspired you.
  • Think about experiences that have directly affected you, including personal ones.
  • Past organizations, causes, or projects with which you have involved yourself.

How to find a Community Collaborator

  • Email IMPACT
  • Conduct a Google search by community and location.
  • Think about who you know and mine those relationships (past and present).
  • Check out alternative lists such as Opportunity Knocks.
  • Speak with faculty members to see who they know.
  • Email (“cold call”) organizations: “Hi, my name is (introduce yourself), and I’m a student at California College of the Arts and I’m calling in regard to a potential community partnership for the college's IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Awards.”

More Tips

  • Attend any number of event lectures (on and off-campus), community events, and so forth.
  • If you're open to bringing in a fresh set of eyes to consider new methods for working through problems, take advantage of the Center's willingness to connect you with a mentor.
  • See the IMPACT introduction page for a list of potential community partners.
  • Looking for ideas? Need inspiration? Want to connect with other IMPACT participants? Visit the Center for Art and Public Life on Facebook join our community!