Community Development Grants

The Vision

The Ashintosh Foundation is the charitable focus of the University of Queensland Medical Society. It acts to benefit the community through its work in health promotion, and through support of charitable endeavours undertaken by UQ medical students and alumni.

Students in this medical cohort are known to have many unique ideas on how to benefit the community. However, many lack the resources to turn such ideas into action. Ashintosh Foundation Community Development Grants aim to address this by providing funding to UQ medical students and Alumni who have a novel idea or project that requires support.

About the Grants

The Community Development Grant program is an initiative of the Ashintosh Foundation which serves to give back to the medical student community by supporting students and alumni with a vision for a community project or initiative. Grants will be awarded throughout the year, with the number and amount awarded based on the quality and relevance of the application, at the discretion of the directors of The Ashintosh Foundation.  Applications for projects that will continue beyond the year, or require ongoing funding, are also welcomed and again will be considered, on a case-by-case basis, by the Board.

The focus of the funding will be for new projects with the potential for community benefit, with a particular focus on preventative health. This does not preclude other applications as innovative project ideas are welcome and encouraged. Preference is given to new projects with a local (within Queensland) focus.

Eligibility & Criteria

Applicants must be enrolled in the University of Queensland MD program or be an alumnus of the UQ School of Medicine.

Applicants must also be current or past members of the University of Queensland Medical Society.

Projects will be assessed based on:

  • Originality of the project
  • Benefit to the local community
  • Potential for success
  • UQ medical student or medical Alumni

Application Process   

Applications should be submitted by email to the UQMS Community officer at

Click here for application form.

Applicants will be notified within 2-4 weeks of the outcome of their application.


Any queries, please contact Blake de Zwart (2019 UQMS Community Officer & Managing Director of Ashintosh Foundation) via our Contact Us form.

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