Levitetz Leadership Program

Innovation Seed Grants

Housed in New College at The University of Alabama, the Levitetz Seed Grant initiative is one part of the Levitetz Leadership Program (LLP) made possible through the generous gift of New College alumnus, Jeff Levitetz. All UA students are eligible to apply for grants to create a new (or further develop existing) business ideas, social entrepreneurship projects, or creative projects. Two levels of funding are available: Small Grant (up to $1,000) and Large Grant (up to $3,000). To be eligible for the large grant, you must have received previous funding for an existing project. Students receiving funding last year are eligible to re-apply this year.

Seed grant recipients will participate in a formal presentation of their project in front of judges on April 15, 2022. Additionally, funded students must participate in monthly workshops in the Spring semester and submit a final report by August 30, 2022. Applications are due December 3, 2021. For more information, contact Dr. Natalie Adams (nadams@ua.edu).


All University of Alabama students are eligible to receive funding. Complete the application form below. You will need to provide a full description of your project, budget information, and names of any team members. Given the length of the application, we do not recommend completing it on a mobile device.

Applications are due December 3, 2021.  Selected recipients will be contacted by December 20, 2021.

Innovation Seed Grant Application

Your proposal will be evaluated on:

  • General fit with the goals and mission of the Levitetz Leadership Program
  • Creativity: In what ways is this project unique or innovative?
  • Impact: In what ways will this project impact the intended community/audience/market?
  • Feasibility: Does the proposal show evidence of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to make this project happen within the time given?
  • Strong preference will be given to students in the College of Arts & Sciences, students pursuing a minor in Civic Engagement or Leadership, or teams that include these students.

Examples of past funded projects include:

  • New businesses
  • New after-school programs
  • Art installations
  • Musical scores
  • New Non-profit organizations

Seed Grant Workshops/ Event Registration

Virtual Information Sessions will be held:

Important Dates

December 3, 2021 – Seed Grant Applications Due
April 15, 2022 – Project Presentations

Previous Recipients

2021 Seed Grant Recipients Page

2020 Seed Grant Recipients Page

2019 Seed Grant Recipients Page


Please view our video from the 2019 Levitetz Pitch Competition: 2019 Levitetz Pitch Competition Video