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

Training Resources

IEEE volunteer leadership training

Self-paced, online training is available through IEEE’s Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) to help you develop new skills, accomplish jobs, and become a better leader. There are specific courses for different IEEE volunteer roles as well as volunteer leadership training program to develop future IEEE leaders.

Online courses

There are many free online courses through sites like, EdX, Coursera, Khan Academy, and Udemy where you can learn new skills or gain knowledge in a variety of disciplines.

Mentors & Guidance

IEEE Technical Societies

You can network and find a mentor in whatever discipline of engineering you’re interested in through the various technical societies of IEEE. Just click on a technical society to find your local chapter and reach out to the committee chairperson.

IEEE Consultants Network

IEEE has a network of consultants that can serve as mentors or provide guidance for your projects. You can find opportunities to network and collaborate with experienced, independent consultants on the site.

IEEE Life Members

Life members are some of the most seasoned engineering professionals who have much wisdom and insight to share with young professionals. You can find a life members group in your region by clicking the link of the regional affinity group on the site.

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