EPICS is just one avenue for making a difference in communities and bringing your project idea to fruition, but there are several others. This page not only provides additional funding sources for projects, but also resources to help ensure your project will be successful. Whether you need training, project management tips, mentorship, or guidance, these resources can help you achieve your project goals and make a difference in your community. Click on the links for more details on each resource area.


Additional Funding Opportunities

Similar organizations

There are multiple organizations with humanitarian-focused goals. Be sure to explore groups such as Engineers Without Borders for their funding opportunities.

Corporate donations

Many companies will provide funding for local community projects to both employees and local colleges. In addition to financial grants, you might also find companies are willing to donate electronics and other technology.

  • Corporations in your city

Your local community

Often, you can find funding locally for your project. This might include local city grants, the local Chamber of Commerce, and other governmental grants.

  • Local chambers of commerce
  • Religious organizations and charities
  • Government grants
  • Foundations

Crowdsourcing funds

A recent trend in funding has been to source small donations from a larger number of people. Your university might host their own events, or you can create your own on platforms such as GoFundMe, DonorsChoose, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Patreon, Causes.

Technology Councils

Consider looking at technology councils such as TECNA, for additional support groups that believe technology can change the world for the better. You might find funding, equipment, and/or expertise for your project.

Project Management Resources

Formalized project management training

Specialized training in project management is available through multiple organizations, and looks great on your resume. Consider learning more through the Project Management Institute.

Formal techniques

Multiple tools are used by professionals to assist with project management. A common technique that originated with software companies to encourage constant progress and meet short-term goals is Scrum. For setting long-term strategic plans and a broad scheduling view, you might want to create a Gantt Chart