Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Solutions (PASS)

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Blum Center Information and Resources Related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The safety and well-being of students is our first priority. Based on UC guidance and recent advisories from the CDC, UC Davis has decided to suspend the Blum Center Poverty Alleviation Through Action (PATA) undergraduate grant program for Summer 2020. We are communicating directly with students on updates so that they can plan for other programs or opportunities. See current information, next steps, and resources.

Deadline: March 31, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. (application will open in early-Winter 2020) 

Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Solutions (PASS)

Project grants are available for 2019-2020

The PASS awards program provides seed funding to encourage engagement by graduate and professional students at UC Davis in finding viable, tangible and sustainable solutions to reduce poverty in the developing world.

UC Davis Students in the field

The PASS program is intended to help transform solid concepts into pilot projects. The program encompasses field research and/or hands-on applications


PASS grants are offered campus wide as an opportunity of international practical education to all graduate and professional students.

Funding Available

Awards between $1,000 up to $4,000 will be made for successful grants.

A strong proposal will clearly specify:

  • Context within which the field work will be conducted (country or countries involved, local community, and those most impacted by the work)
  • Description of the problem(s) that the proposal aims to tackle
  • Outline of project goals and anticipated outcomes
  • Methodology and timeline
  • Appropriate budget (airfare, lodging, transportation, supplies, etc.)
  • Feasibility and sustainability of the project
  • A faculty mentor/advisor
  • Correlation with poverty alleviation, equality, social justice