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2018 Let's Talk About Water Challenge Grant Application

Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI)

About the Challenge Grant Program

The Challenge Grant program helps support universities in the development of their own Let’s Talk About Water water science outreach events. 

A limited number of Challenge Grants of up to $3,000 each will be awarded in December 2018 to support Let’s Talk About Water (LTAW) events that will take place in 2019. These funds are awarded on a 1-to-1 matching basis meaning that you must provide $1 for each $1 CUAHSI provides with a cap of $3,000 on CUAHSI’s support. LTAW events for this round of Challenge Grant funding must take place between January 1 and November 30, 2019.

In addition to the matching funds, Challenge Grant recipients will receive film and program consultation from Program Director Linda Lilienfeld, who developed the LTAW format.  Linda has 35 years of film research experience and has screened over 300 water films and designed successful LTAW events all over the world.  Whenever possible, Linda (or another CUAHSI staff member) travels to the event to provide support on site. More information about the LTAW program formula can be found in this EOS article


Student groups or university faculty are eligible to apply for a Challenge Grant, but the grant must be awarded to a U.S. university, therefore the applicant must be affiliated with a university. 

Student groups are asked to provide a letter of support from a faculty advisor who will oversee the event. 

Preference will be given to universities who have not previously received a Challenge Grant. 


Applications are reviewed by a selection committee and are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Quality and clarity of proposed activities and objectives/ ability to fulfill objectives (30%)
  • Approach for attracting the target audience (20%)
  • Evidence of availability of matching funds and ability to cover complete cost of event (35%)
  • Potential to contribute to the legacy for the LTAW program (for example create resource materials, host reoccurring events, etc.) (15%)

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a student. Can I apply for a Challenge Grant?

Yes! Some of our most creative events have been organized by student groups. We ask that student groups submit a letter of support from a faculty advisor who agrees to over see the project and help with the grant management.

I’m a university staff member, not a professor. Can I apply for a Challenge Grant?

Yes! Applicants must be affiliated with a US university, but do not need to be a professor to apply.

Do in kind donations count as matching funds?

Yes, we will accept in kind donations as part of the matching funds, such as the cost of a venue or faculty’s time. Please be sure to include this in the budget.

If selected, when will I receive the Challenge Grant award?

Notification of Challenge Grant award winners will be made in December. The Challenge Grant is awarded as a reimbursement after the completion of the event, meaning that costs should be covered by the event organizer up front. CUAHSI staff can also work with event organizers to pay directly for event costs if needed.

Do you have recommendations for films to use?

Yes! CUAHSI has created a Film Guide that includes frequently used films and ideas to engage the audience. Check it out here!

This call is no longer accepting submissions.