Impact Week

Impact Week is a week long competition, held October 2nd - 6th, in which three student organizations compete to receive grant funding to execute their proposed community service project that benefits the local William & Mary or Williamsburg community. To receive their desired level of funding, organizations must encourage their peers to vote for their project in the form of a $5.00 gift that can benefit any area of campus. First place will receive $2,500 for their community service project, 2nd place receives $1,500, and 3rd place receives $1,000. To be considered as one of the three finalists, all applications must be submitted through this form no later than noon on September 22nd. The top three organizations selected by the Impact Week Review Committee will be notified no later than September 27th.

If you have any questions, please contact Lyda Phillips Stokes at, or call 757-897-8072.

Please review the following guidelines for project proposals:

  • Project must take place within the Williamsburg community or William & Mary campus
  • To receive Impact Week funding, each organization must receive a minimum of 100 votes during Impact Week
  • Each organization must have at least one representative during each tabling shift
  • Once selected as a finalist, the executive members and faculty advisor must sign a contract that ensure they will participate in Impact Week and will follow Impact Week guidelines
  • Project is highly encouraged to have a faculty or community advisor
  • Project must serve a significant community need
  • Participants are expected to outline an outreach plan that will help engage their student body
  • Participants must be willing to record their journey and share progress of their project on the Impact Week website
  • Participants must have their budget approved by Students for University Advancement prior to spending any and all funds
  • Participants must use the funds in an appropriate manner and show receipts for all expenses. If partnering with a community organization/partner, funds may not be directly transferred into a third party account. Example: Fall 2016 Impact Week second place winner, Pre-Vet Club, collaborated with Canine Companions for Independence. As CCI is a third party organization that is not associated with William & Mary, the money was not directly given to their organization. However, pre-vet club used the funds to purchase items on CCI’s wish list and donated the items to CCI on behalf of their organization.
  • Participants must be a full-time undergraduate William & Mary student
  • Once students have been notified their project has been selected as one of the final three projects, they must meet one-on-one with SUA Advisor Lyda Phillips Stokes present their marketing outreach plan
  • Funds in no way, shape or form may support, endorse, condone or oppose any political or religious ideologies
  • If a project is not selected for the Fall Impact Week, students may resubmit their proposal for Spring Impact Week
  • Any conflicts with Impact Week regulations must be discussed and approved by Impact Week Committee