ISWinT Funds Your Initiative

What is it all about?
“ISWinT Funds Your Initiative” Contest is a funding program for projects organized by students that participate in the 2021 online edition of ISWinT (International Student Week in Timisoara).

Through this program we aim to support young people from all around the world through both mentorship and funding to make a difference in their communities through implementing personal projects in the spirit of social inclusion and sustainable development.

This funding program for projects is carried out with the support of the French Embassy in Romania and the French Institute in Romania.


Who can sign up for the program?
This project contest is addressed to all of you students that have noticed an issue in your community and would like to act on it. If there is a time to start, it’s now and we are eager to help you find the best solutions and guide you through your journey of implementing them!

The only conditions for you to join the contest is to be between 18 and 30 years old, to be a student enrolled into a university and to attend 3 workshop sessions on a topic of your choice facilitated by specialists in those specific fields. You can sign up right now here. Hurry up the registration period ends on the 13th of June.

What type of projects can be financed and how are funds distributed?
The total sum is 4000€, which will be splitted to multiple projects.
Each winning project can receive up to 1000€. The projects will receive funding based on the budget specified in the application form. We will finance as many projects as possible, distributing the total sum between the first projects in the ranking.

The types of projects that are eligible for this contest:

  • Awareness campaigns
  • Educational projects
  • Projects that act directly to solving a problem in the community
  • Projects that support a disadvantaged groups
  • Other projects that align with the contest’s purpose and/or ISWinT’s purpose
  • Projects can be of any scale from local to global

When should your project be implemented?
The targeted period is from 26th July to 31st  October. Your project must take place in the specified time period, but can last for as long as you find it necessary.
Bear in mind that you must send us your end of project report by 30th November.

How to apply for the Initiative Contest?
In order to be able to enter your initiative in the contest, you must firstly be a participant at ISWinT 2021. To become a participant you need to sign yourself up on our website before 13th June. The steps are as follows:

  1. Create an account at
  2. Fill in your application
  3. After being accepted in the interview phase, schedule your interview
  4. Find out that you were accepted or try again next year

If you’ve been accepted it’s time to start working on your project! Please remember that in order for your project to be eligible of winning funding you must:

  1. Have full presence at the workshop you have chosen when you first applied for ISWinT
  2. Submit your project application by 24th July

We recommend that you participate in the other training sessions too, as they should provide you with valuable information for your application and project implementation.

Electing the winners
The jury that will rank the projects will consist of people who are specialized in the community projects area and sustainable development or representatives of NGOs with activity in relevant domains to the themes of ISWinT 2021.

All applications will be evaluated and the best will make it to the final. Finalist projects will be pitched during the Closing Ceremony on the last day of ISWinT.

After the Ceremony the winners will be elected and announced the next day in a live broadcast.
If you are one of the winners, you will have to write a report after the project has been implemented. In this report you should include:

  1. How the project was implemented
  2. What difficulties you encountered and how you overcame them
  3. What were the outcomes of the project compared to what you expected them to be
  4. How you used the funds you received

The objectives of the projects should be correlated with the workshop themes of this year’s online edition of ISWinT. The themes are as follows:

  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Quality Education
  • Disabilities: Raising Awareness
  • Gender Equality
  • Advocacy for Climate
  • Eco Friendly & Sustainable Lifestyle
  • Healthy Economy & Employment
  • Social Inclusion for Everyone

Funding application structure

  1. Defining a clear and concrete purpose of the project;
  2. Setting specific, achievable and time-bound goals;
  3. Presenting the problem in the community and how the project will help solve it;
  4. Defining the target public of the project;
  5. Preparing a detailed plan of project activities;
  6. Expected short-term and long-term results of the project;
  7. Preparing a detailed budget of the necessary expenses

In the “ISWinT Funds Your Initiative” Contest we will not accept projects that...

  • do not match the themes and purpose of ISWinT 2021
  • do not follow the official form associated with the program
  • instigate xenophobia, racism, violence or hate of any kind
  • spread a message of discrimination to any social or ethnic group
  • encourage the use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs
  • implemented by people outside the age range of 14-35
  • have a political nature or imply association with any political entity
  • have the purpose of making profit

Guidelines for projects

  • Projects that meet the following criteria will receive extra points at the judging stage:
  • Involvement of other ISWinT participants as volunteers during the project (in addition to the team coordinating the project);
  • The project has activities taking place with participants from at least two countries;
  • Collaboration with local / national youth organization

Ineligible expenses

  • Purchase of alcoholic beverages or tobacco;
  • Payment of bank loans;
  • Salaries or any other income of the members of the initiative groups;
  • Acquisition of land, vehicles or technical equipment (laptop, printer, camera etc.);
  • Loans, retroactive expenses of completed or ongoing projects.