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Grant Funding Update

Grant applications are currently open for events taking place in November and December. Please be aware that the bulk of remaining Fall funding is for on-campus events that are open to all students; funding for off-campus and private events is very limited. Applications for spring semester events will open on October 4, 2018.

Applications are accepted on a rolling semesterly basis. Applications for Fall events (events taking place before January 1) open in June, while applications for Spring events (events taking place on or after January 1) open in October. All applications received by a given application due date will be reviewed on the corresponding review date according to the chart below, so long as funding is still available. Please be aware that applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is no guarantee that funding will last until the end of the school year.

Please note that the application due dates listed below are the latest possible date that an application can be submitted, based on the event/project date. We recommend that applications are submitted at least one grant cycle prior to your final deadline. Familiarize yourself with the Grant Process Overview to determine the most appropriate time for your group to complete an application. Please note that applying close to the date of your event could mean that your group will not receive awarded money until after the event occurs if there is any delay in the paperwork process.

2018-19 Dates

Your Event Occurs On Or After: Your Grant Application Due By: Your Application Reviewed On:
August 1, 2018 July 11, 2018 July 18, 2018
September 1, 2018 August 1, 2018 August 8, 2018
October 1, 2018 September 5, 2018 September 12, 2018
November 1, 2018 October 3, 2018 October 10, 2018
December 1, 2018 October 31, 2018 November 7, 2018
January 1, 2019 November 29, 2018 December 5, 2018
February 1, 2019 January 3, 2019 January 9, 2019
March 1, 2019 January 31, 2019 February 6, 2019
April 1, 2019 February 28, 2019 March 6, 2019

Note: Your event must occur before July 1, 2019.

How to Apply

To complete your application, here's some of the information you'll need to have ready:

  1. Applicant Information
    • Student group name
    • Names of partnering student groups, if applicable
    • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email address, etc.)
  2. Project Information
    • Name, date, time and location of event
    • Number of anticipated participants
    • Clear and concise overview of event details
    • Intended goals of the event
    • Description of how the event will help to promote student development, enhance diversity and/or benefit the community
    • Description of how information gained will be shared with the campus community (if attending a conference)
    • Detailed Event Budget: document the entire anticipated event expenses and income. A required budget template is provided.
  3. Grant Request
    • Amount you are requesting
  4. Event Logistics
    • Status of room/location reservations
    • Information about food vendor(s)
    • List of event supplies
    • Publicity plan

Please note that the application does not save, and should be completed and submitted in one sitting. If you would like to draft out your responses, or submit a draft of your application to Student Activities for review, consider downloading and filling out the Sample Grant Application. All applicants will be required to complete and attach a Budget Excel Template to their application.