Grants, Small Grants, and Micro-Grants are a great way of adding some extra financial help to your student group! There are many different ways of obtaining extra funds and this page will serve to help with that.
CSE's Undergraduate Student Group Small Grant Application
The CSE Student Group Small Grant Application is a very commonly used way of obtaining up to $3,000.
Some tips for applying to this grant:
- Have your budgeted items in a neat and very specific manner. The more specific you are in an explanation of your allocation of funds, the better chance you will have of receiving your requested amount.
- Have a thorough explanation of whatever it is you are requesting funds for; it makes it much easier to justify giving said funds.
- Don't be afraid to ask for the max amount! (as long as it is justified).
Student Unions & Activities Grants are available to assist with expenses related to student group and departmental events and programs, as well as professional development opportunities for individual students. Funding is not available for student group start-up or general operating costs (i.e. group supplies, meetings, practices, trainings, auditions/try-outs, recruitment events, weekly/biweekly occurrences, etc).
SUA has made it so that there is one singular grant application that 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).
Campus Climate Micro-Grant
Student groups with new or current projects whose purpose is to improve campus climate can apply for a Campus Climate Micro-Grant. This grant is increasing in competitiveness and funds are allocated according to the following priorities:
- Expanding understanding: Projects that are designed to expand our collective understanding of issues that impact campus climate, especially issues affecting marginalized communities. These projects ideally focus on identities, power, privilege, and intersectionality. They may be trainings, workshops, dialogue circles, special speakers or educational campaigns.
- Increasing access and equity of marginalized populations: Exploring ways that shifts in practice or policy could be made in how we address increasing access and equity. The ideas could also center the conversation about knowledge and cultural capital that the campus loses when access and equity to marginalized communities is not fully realized.
- Improving campus climate assessment: These projects explore ways to better understand campus climate through data and analysis. This could be the gathering of data that leads to developing a project, or evaluating the impact of existing practices. Ideally, these projects will enhance data-informed initiatives to inform campus climate.