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Create a Project Competition


Do you have an idea for a community project? Last year's competition created four new projects. Could your project be one of this year's winners?

If you have a great idea for a community project, have the qualities to be a good leader, and want to leave your mark on Warwick, this is your perfect opportunity. You could receive up to £1000 funding to set up a project and win £100 for yourself, courtesy of Santander Universities.

Competition Overview

  • You can apply individually, or as part of a group, club, or society.
  • Your project must be a volunteering activity that will directly benefit members of the local community in Coventry, Kenilworth or Leamington.
  • Projects may be short-term but must be able to demonstrate an ongoing benefit, for example by teaching people a new skill.
  • It is not always necessary to already have contact with a school or community organisation, as Warwick Volunteers can support you to make contacts as your project is developed. However, you must be able to demonstrate that you have identified a genuine community need, so you may wish to discuss your idea with potential community partners before submitting your entry.
  • Please read the Shortlisting / Judging Criteria and competition Terms and Conditions before designing your project.

The Application Process

1. Register Your Interest

Submit a brief outline of your idea to receive feedback before submitting your final entry. Please allow up to 15 working days to receive a response, particularly during the summer vacation when staff usually take annual leave.

Requests for feedback on ideas need to be submitted by 11am on Monday 22 August 2016.

2. Submit Your Application

Complete the application form. The deadline for applications is 11am on Monday 12 September 2016.

Shortlisting will take place before the start of term 1. If your project is one of the shortlisted entries, you will receive support from Warwick Volunteers to set up your project including a budget (max £1000) to cover project costs. Projects will be developed during term 1 and will need to start running before the end of term 2.

3. Judging

All shortlisted entrants will be asked to attend an informal meeting in March 2017 to present their project and outline achievements. The overall competition winner will be announced at the Warwick Volunteers Celebration Event in Week 10 of Term 2. The winner will receive £100 and runners-up will receive £50. (For group, club or society entries, the prizes are doubled. So if the winning project is a group entry, you will win £200 for your club or society, or £100 for a runner-up.)

Examples of Previous Winners

Warwick Rowing's Project Oarsome


The Warwick Rowing club set up an innovative project that aimed to increase participation of young people in sport by running virtual rowing races in local primary schools.

The rowing club delivered a number of one-off sessions and gave over 500 children the opportunity to try a new sport in a fun competitive environment which encouraged teamwork. The project allowed the rowing club volunteers to make a positive contribution to the local community by using their skills, talents and passion for sport to successfully engage and inspire young people across Coventry.


Bake It Up!


Bake It Up! aims to improve the self-esteem of young people by allowing them to get creative in the kitchen making new bakes and cakes. This enables them to develop new skills, learn to work as a team and gain knowledge about various ingredients and foods. Volunteers led baking classes for secondary school pupils, where they learnt how to prepare a range of desserts, the nutritional value of various ingredients, how to achieve a balanced diet and basic food hygiene.

The project is now in its second year and has also introduced a Children's University module. Volunteers set up an after school club for primary school children and taught Maths, Science, History and Geography through baking and helped the children to make their own creative recipe book.

"Setting up this project and teaching the kids for 5 weeks was one of the most incredible and most rewarding experiences of my life." Anna Diofasi, Bake it up Project Leader


Crafts in Hospital


Crafts in Hospital was set up with University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Healing Arts Programme. Volunteers help and interact with patients experiencing long term hospital stay to create personalised greeting cards on the ward, providing patients with an activity to help alleviate boredom and aide their recovery.

The project also ran one-off sessions on campus where volunteers create craft packs that can be distributed to patients for them to make in their own time.


The Create a Project Competition is supported by Santander Universities