Project Ascend Grant Program

Grant Application Information

Project ASCEND distributes service project grants to student-led youth organizations, nonprofits and advocacy groups. To apply for a grant send a letter of inquiry to

Lovely Ladies of Mentoring Inc. 


Our first grant was awarded to the Lovely Ladies of Laurel Mentoring Program towards to the creation of a teen camp reaching over 100 low-income girls, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

High School Laptop Grant 


Every student deserves the opportunity to learn without limits. According to the Pew Research Center, 16% of U.S. households do not have home computers. This year, Project ASCEND began surprising low-income students at High Point High School with brand new laptops to provide them with the opportunity to achieve their academic goals and dreams.

Giveback Nigeria Library Programme


Project ASCEND awarded a grant to the Giveback NigeriaLibrary Programme. This nonprofit organization will use these funds to establish a library at Cole Orphanage, Benin City, in the South Western Edo State of Nigeria. This initiative will support youth between the ages of 5 – 18 years with books and training materials to become transformational leaders in their communities and society at large. Additionally, this library will also be used as a tutoring Centre for adult education in the community. This grant award is in support of nonprofit leader, Jennifer Pearse, who has dedicated her life to enriching the lives of fellow Nigerians through social innovation and community service.

Abriendo Oportunidades


Project ASCEND supports the Population Council’s Abriendo Oportunidades program in Guatemala. Our funding will support increases in Mayan girls’ social support networks, connect them with role models and mentors, build a base of critical life and leadership skills, provide hands-on professional training and experience, critical investments in girls aged 8–19 to help them successfully navigate adolescent transitions, engage community leaders and train girls to run community girls’ clubs, safe spaces where they learn practical skills and assume leadership roles. This grant will contribute to the Population Council’s work in a handful of rural communities in Guatemala that has since expanded nationwide, as well as to Belize and Mexico (where the program is called Abriendo Futuros) reaching 8,000 girls in 100 communities and built a network of 100 young indigenous mentors.