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Coca-Cola Grants

Grant Funding Update

The Coke Development and Administrative Grants have been fully awarded for the fall semester. As a result, applications are no longer being accepted from student groups planning off-campus events during the fall semester. Development funding is still available for spring semester events. Coke Activity, Sustainability, Academic, and SSF Grant funding is still available for both semesters. Applications are still open for fall on-campus events, and spring on- and off-campus events.

Purpose

The Coca-Cola Grants are intended to provide supplemental financial support to student groups, university departments, and individuals seeking to host or participate in activities, programs, and special events that enhance the co-curricular experience for students at the University of Minnesota. Priority will be given to projects that promote student development, enhance diversity, and benefit the community. Awards may be given in the form of funds or Coca-Cola® beverages. Beverages awarded through this grant program are not to be resold. Coca-Cola Grants include the Activity, Development, Sustainability, and Academic Initiatives. Individual initiatives are detailed below.

Activity Initiative

  • Funding intended to support registered student groups hosting on-campus activities, programs and special events that are open to all students.
  • Only on-campus events that are open to all students are eligible to receive funding.
    • In order to be considered “open to all students,” applications must show that events meet the following criteria:

      • Publicity efforts reaching all corners of the University campus, beyond the buildings dominated by a specific major or group of students.
      • Educational and event goals identify specific ways all students would benefit from attending.
      • ?Realistic expectation that students outside the targeted major or group will attend.
         
  • Application must demonstrate how the event promotes student development, enhances diversity, and benefits the community.
  • Both fees-receiving and non-fees-receiving groups are eligible to be considered for up to $1000 per event/initiative.

Development Initiative

  • Funding intended to support registered student groups hosting or participating in developmental opportunities that benefit the University community, provide a service to the broader community, or enhance the student group’s performance and development.
  • Application must demonstrate how the event promotes student development, enhances diversity, and benefits the community.
  • Both on- and off-campus events are eligible to receive funding.
  • If attending a conference, application must include a plan to share the information with the larger campus community upon return.
  • Both fees-receiving and non-fees-receiving groups are eligible to be considered for up to $1000 per on-campus event/initiative, or $500 per off-campus event/initiative.

Sustainability Initiative

  • Funding is intended to support registered student groups hosting or participating in events/projects that focus on enhancing sustainability and environmental education.

  • Priority will be given to student-focused initiatives that will foster a campus culture of sustainability and achieve the greatest impact on community well-being.

  • While the highest priority will be accorded to campus initiatives, the committee will also consider projects involving University of Minnesota students in partnership with the surrounding communities.

  • The application must demonstrate at least one of the following priorities:

    • Connection to Campus: Project directly addresses environmental sustainability on the University of Minnesota campus or in the capacity that on-campus activities directly influence environmental sustainability in the surrounding community
    • Environmental Benefits: Project demonstrates a reduction in UMN’s carbon footprint or provides other environmental benefits such as water conservation, storm water management, biodiversity conservation, waste minimization, etc.
    • Outreach and Education: Project considers education and outreach opportunities and has included them as part of its implementation plan; has an educational impact on the University; involves learning experience for the students working on the project
  • The committee will consider the following guidelines (in no particular order) when reviewing the event/project application. (Note: the application is not required to identify all of the following guidelines)

    • Impact: Measurable impact on the University of Minnesota community’s waste reduction, energy consumption, water conservation, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, etc.
    • Educational value: Educational component to the project for applicants, participants, and/or the campus and wider community
    • Cost savings: Potential of cost savings resulting from project implementation
    • Visibility: Degree to which the project will be marketed or visible to the campus community
    • Longevity: Potential for the project to be replicated or expanded
  • Both fees-receiving and non-fees-receiving groups are eligible to be considered for up to $500 per event/initiative

Learn more about the University of Minnesota’s system-wide sustainability efforts at Sustainability and U.

Academic Initiative

  • Funding intended to support University of Minnesota departments hosting on-campus activities, programs and special events that promote student development and offer opportunities for students to broaden their educational development through stated educational goals.
  • Funding intended to support individual students participating in on- and off-campus developmental opportunities that enhance their own educational development though stated educational goals.
  • In order for an individual student to qualify for these funds, a University of Minnesota department must endorse their initiative as a meaningful part of their educational development. Grant award funds will be directed to the sponsoring department via EFS transfer. The sponsoring department is responsible for disbursing the grant funds to the grant recipient.
  • University departments are eligible for on-campus events only. Individual applicants are eligible for on- and-off campus events.
  • If attending a conference, application must include a plan to share the information with the larger campus community upon return.
  • University Departments and individual students are eligible to receive up to $500 per event/initiative.

How to Apply

Find out how to apply for grants.

Additional Grant Eligibility Considerations

For additional eligibility considerations, please refer to our eligibility matrixjudging criteria form, and our policies and procedures.