Student Unions & Activities Grants

Student Unions & Activities (SUA) Grants are available to assist with a variety of expenses related to student group events and digital engagement. Contact the Student Activities Grants Assistant at saogrant@umn.edu (opens in a new tab) with any questions.

We have one comprehensive grant application which will automatically consider you for all grant initiatives for which you qualify. This includes the Student Activities Grants (Administrative and SSF Event) and Coca-Cola Grants (Activity, Development, Sustainability, and Academic). Review the Grant Eligibility Table (opens in a new tab) for a breakdown of the different initiatives.

Application Deadlines

Student groups and departments should apply for funding as early as possible to ensure that there is funding available for their event. Please review the grant application deadlines at z.umn.edu/suagrantdeadlines (opens in a new tab). All applications received by a given application deadline will be reviewed the following week so long as funding is still available. Applications are reviewed and awards will be funded once all required paperwork is completed.

Information About Student Activities Grants

The Student Activities Grants are intended to provide supplemental financial support to student groups seeking to host or participate in activities, programs, and special events that enhance the co-curricular experience for students at the University of Minnesota. Applicants must show how the project will promote student development, enhance diversity, and/or benefit the campus community. Partnered event applications for Maroon Grants must demonstrate how each group is contributing to the event planning in a meaningful way, aside from monetary contributions.

Includes: Administrative and Maroon Event Grants

Information About Coca-Cola Grants

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. Applications must show how the project will promote student development, enhance diversity, and/or benefit the campus community.

Includes: Activity Initiative, Development Initiative and Academic Initiative

Information About Grant Process Overview

The Student Activities Office has received a lot of feedback from students inquiring about the overall SUA Grants Process.

  1. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed by the SUA Grant committee every month. However, please apply at least two (2) grant cycles which is approximately 6-8 weeks before your event takes place to account for fund-transfer and any other errors in the paperwork that may need to be resolved. Applications may be submitted at sua.umn.edu (opens in a new tab). First time applicants are encouraged to schedule a meeting with their assigned case load advisor (opens in a new tab) to review a draft application and receive feedback.
  2. Continue planning your event while waiting for your funding to either be approved or denied. Please see the Sample Event Planning Worksheet (opens in a new tab). Groups can also schedule an event planning advising meeting (opens at a new tab) at any time.
  3. Grant application is reviewed by the SUA Grant Committee.
  4. If awarded, instructions will be outlined in your grant award notification email. Completing and returning the Statement of Agreement is required for all award recipients. Additional requirements may be required for new applicants and/or based on committee recommendations.
  5. Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) will be notified when their check is ready for pickup or has been mailed to them 3-6 weeks after their application is approved and all requirements have been completed. It will take 2-3 weeks to receive funding for RSOs that choose the ACH option after all requirements have been completed. Campus Life Programs (CLPs), University Departments, and individuals will receive their grant award through EFS transfer within 2-4 weeks of of completing all requirements.
  6. Host your event.
  7. Following the completion of your event, submit the Event/Project Evaluation Form (opens in a new tab) and upload all event itemized receipts. Once this form is submitted, an advisor will review the form and will only require a meeting if they have questions related to the event and financial documents.

Contact the Student Activities Grants Assistant at saogrant@umn.edu (opens in a new tab) with any questions. Student groups are encouraged to schedule a general advising meeting with their assigned Student Group Service Advisor at z.umn.edu/studentgroupadvising (opens in a new tab) for additional support.