Service should be accessible to everyone. We CU tries to make service more accessible to University of Illinois students through mini-grants.

the exterior of several handmade cardsMini-grants are designed to offset your costs related to service. Learn more about how an Illinois student used mini-grants to express their creativity and help isolated seniors. All students are encouraged to take advantage of the mini-grant program.  

Examples of mini-grants awarded in past semesters:

How to apply for a mini-grant

  1. Keep your receipts! You are required to include a photo or screenshot of your itemized receipt for reimbursement.
  2. Complete the Mini-Grants Approval Form
  3. You will hear back from the We CU Team about the status of your mini-grant submission within one week.
  4. Typically, funds are dispersed into your student account within two weeks of approval.

You may submit more than one mini-grant form throughout the semester. Not sure if your expense qualifies for reimbursement? Email the We CU Team (

Zaria ā€œZā€ Brim

We CU Scholar
Letters Against Isolation

The mini-grant helped me in making my creative vision come to life. I needed printer paper, construction paper, stickers, glue, envelopes, and postage for each set of cards I had to send to the elderly facilities and that began to add up quickly.