The purpose of the Graduate Student Community Grant program is to foster creative initiatives that will enhance the collaborative spirit among graduate students in the College of Engineering. Promoting a sense of community can be achieved through crossing disciplines, building connections, and establishing bonds of kinship. Graduate students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit proposals for ideas that will further these goals. Initiatives that are open to all College of Engineering graduate students will be given preference. This program will provide funding and advice for planning logistics.
Samples of Potential Activities
Funding for past proposals ranged from $200-$1500. All proposals must have the ability to be paid with a funds transfer to a shortcode. Individuals who would like to submit a proposal must have collaboration with either their department or a society, in order for funds to be transferred into an account. Note: student societies that already receive funding from the CoE Office of Student Affairs may only request additional funding through this program if their initiative will benefit the general graduate student population. Funding will not be provided for alcohol, equipment (cameras, computers, furniture), research, travel to conferences, charities, wages, or infrastructure. Left-over funds must be returned within 30 days after the activity. Receipts should be retained in case of budget audit.
Who Can Apply
College of Engineering graduate students, faculty, or staff may submit proposals. Collaborations may take place with non-CoE units, if the other unit is willing to match contributions.
Proposal Application Process
Proposals should identify a graduate student community need, explain the goal for meeting that need, describe the planning time frame, provide details on how this program’s impact will be determined, express who will be responsible for the planning, and explain what the budget will entail.
a. Round 1 Proposals will be accepted June 1-30. Funding decisions will be made by July 31. The activities that are funded during this round should take place between August 1 and December 31.
b. Round 2 Proposals will be accepted November 1-30. Funding decisions will be made by January 31. The activities that are funded during this round should take place between February 1 and June 30.
Selection & Notification