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Activities Grants

Grant Funding Update

Grant funding has been fully awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications for 2018-2019 event funding will open in June.


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. Funding intended to support registered student groups hosting activities, programs, and special events that promote student development. Priority will be given to projects that promote student development, enhance diversity, and benefit the community. Includes: the Administrative Grant and Student Services Fees (SSF) Event Grant. Individual initiatives are detailed below.

Administrative Grant

  • Application must demonstrate that initiative offers opportunities for students to broaden their educational development through stated educational goals.
  • Funds represent contributions from University of Minnesota administrative units; therefore, applicants may not receive additional funding from other University administrative units for this event/initiative.
  • Campus Life Programs are not eligible to receive Administrative Grant funding due to established departmental support as a registered student group.
  • Both on-campus 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 and $500 per off-campus event/initiative. This distinction exists in order to ensure that the bulk of grant funding towards events that take place on campus and enrich the University of Minnesota student experience.

Student Services Fees (SSF) Event Grant

  • Funds represent contributions from the University of Minnesota students; therefore, events must be inclusive of the on-campus community.
    • Application must show that efforts have been made to make current students the primary intended audience for the initiative.    
    • Events are free or low-cost for University of Minnesota 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.
  • Funding is only available for student groups that do not already receive Student Service Fees allocation.
  • Additional funding may be available for registered student groups who collaborate with one or more other registered student groups. Collaboration is intended to be more than just monetary support.    
    • Individual non-fees-receiving student group applicants are eligible to be considered for up to $1000 per event/initiative.
    • Events/initiatives that feature a partnership with at least one additional student group are eligible for up to $1,500 per event/initiative.  
    • A fees-receiving group may partner with a non-fees-receiving group, when the non-fees-receiving group is the primary applicant. In these cases, a grant award check will be given to the primary applicant.

International Student Support Grant

  • Funds represent contributions from the International Student Academic Services Fee, which aims to enhance academic services for undergraduate international students and to focus on retention, academic success, timely graduation, and student satisfaction.
  • Applications must demonstrate how the event promotes student development, enhances diversity, and benefits the community.
  • Application must specifically explain how initiative will:
    • Further the professional, educational, and/or intellectual development of international undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota
    • Unite and promote interaction between domestic and international students.
  • This funding is intended to support new programs and initiatives. Groups applying for funding for programs or initiatives that have been previously established must demonstrate in their application how funding will be used to innovate and enhance the program or initiative.
  • Both on-campus and off-campus events are eligible to receive funding, so long as they take place in the Twin Cities.
  • Events/initiatives hosted by individual groups are eligible for up to $500. Partnerships between more than one student group are eligible for up to $1,000.