Launched in 2013, the Harvardwood Heroes grant program aims to spotlight and support Harvard students, alumni, faculty, and staff who have made an exceptional contribution to the community. These Heroes exemplify the mission of Harvardwood by demonstrating the power and purpose of the arts, media, and entertainment in the betterment of our communities.
Harvardwood awards $500 grants* to applicants who have demonstrated a distinguished level of service to their organizations of choice. Every year, grant winners will be determined by the strength of their proposal. They will receive the first installment of the grant upon announcement of the winners and the balance of the grant upon submission of a final essay six months later. Applicants whose service project is arts-related will receive priority. To apply for an HH grant, please read the guidelines below.
Harvardwood Heroes grants will be awarded annually, pending the availability of resources to support the program.
*Grants can be spent at the winner’s discretion.
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Individuals can make a donation to support the program, and individuals who donate $500 or more may assist in the selection of grant recipients.
Companies may become an official Harvardwood Heroes partner by sponsoring one or more grant(s) ($500 each) or by sponsoring the program outright. The sponsor's logo will appear here and on all promotional materials (online and in print) regarding Harvardwood Heroes. All Harvard-affiliated individuals are invited to apply for a Harvardwood Heroes grant, so sponsoring companies receive maximum exposure to Harvard students and alums. Contact us for more info.
Program Info & Timeline
We are now accepting applications to receive a 2021 Harvardwood Heroes grant in the amount of $500, with four grants awarded annually. The deadline to submit your grant proposal is November 1, 2021.
The Harvardwood Heroes program awards grants of at least $500 to applicants who have demonstrated a distinguished level of service to their organizations of choice. Every year, grant winners will be determined by the strength of their proposal. They will receive the first half of the grant upon announcement of the winners and the balance of the grant upon submission of a final essay six months later.
Submit a proposal that outlines, in 500 words or less, your community service plan for 2021-22. The proposal can include work that is in progress or work to be completed in the future. You may also submit recommendation letters and/or any other supplemental materials (video, audio, photos, etc.) that you feel best reflects your current or upcoming contributions.