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Apply for a Balance Grant Balance Grants foster youth-designed innovations that shift social norms toward greater tech-life balance for students and young-adults. Balance Grant opportunities are currently being offered in partnership with our higher-education and network partners.  

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“Together, we are creating a social movement that inspires youth to reverse the negative effects of digital overload and to embrace the joy of simply being human.”    Julie Barrett O’Brien, Executive Director,

How to Apply

  • Network Applicants: Online applications for Balance Grants are currently open to students affiliated with Active Minds and Design for America networks. 

  • Higher-Ed Applicants: Students enrolled in one of's higher-education partner institutions - Dartmouth College, University of Arizona, and the University of San Diego - must apply following University procedures.

Important Balance Grant Details for Network Applicants


Key Dates for Network Applicants

  • Feb 15, 2020                  Preregister to participate

  • Feb 1-29, 2020               Submit Application and Concept Note 

  • Mar 07, 2020                 Grantees notified (Midnight ET)

  • Mar 9-13, 2020              Tier 1 Grantee Interviews

  • Mar 17, 2020                 Winners notified

  • Apr 24-25, 2020             LookUp Collaborative Summit, San Francisco, CA 

  • Apr 26 - Dec 31, 2020     LookUp Lab


  • Applicants can be an individual or a team of students

  • All applicants must currently be enrolled full-time in a higher-educational institution 

  • Network Grant Applicants must be affiliated with either Active Minds or Design for America

  • At least one member of the team must be an underclassman to ensure that campus-focused initiatives are sustainably executed 

  • Applicants must have a faculty adviser that will support this effort


  • does not disperse funds to individuals

  • Grant values will range between $1,500 and $5,000

  • Grant funding will only be dispersed through one of LookUp’s partner academic institutions or network associations (clubs or charters that have independent bank accounts will be considered)

  • Applicants must be able to travel to and attend the LookUp Collaborative Summit in San Francisco April 24-25, 2020 (A limited number of travel scholarships will be available to those with limited support)

  • Applicants may only apply for ONE Balance Grant each year.  You may not apply for a Network Grant and Higher-Ed Grant 

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