Group/Event Funding

Academic Events Funding (Research Council)  |  Student Group Event Funding
Empowerment Fund  |  GAP  |  Discretionary Funding  |  Synergy Fund  |  Green Leaf

Notes (as of 11/15/18):

Round 2 applications for SGEF, Green Leaf, and Synergy are open 11/15/18-12/14/18.

Round 1 award decisions for SGEF/Green Leaf and Synergy Funds are posted below.

2018-19 rolling applications are open for AEF, Discretionary, and GAP funding.

Review “What’s New in FY’18/19?” and attend Finance 101 before submitting an application!

Award decisions for group/event funding are available here:

Group/event funding applications are consolidated in a universal application.  You can also auto-refer your application to participating G12 schools for funding as well.  (Currently, G12 auto-referral is available for SEAS-GSEG and Wharton-WGA).


Academic Events Funding (Research Council)

The Research Council provides funding for events that are primarily academic in nature.  Some examples of academic events funded in the past are symposiums, workshops, small conferences, academic discussions, or gallery/exhibit tours.  Events that are primarily social in nature are not eligible for funding (happy hours, mixers, etc.). 

Funding is competitive and entirely at the discretion of the Research Council.  Your event can be funded in full, funded in part or not funded.  If you wish to apply for funding please review the eligibility criteria and fill out the application below. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Your event is open to all graduate and professional students at Penn. Not all spots at your event must be open to all GAPSA students, but at least some must be available.

  • Your event must be advertised in the GAPSA weekly before registration closes.

  • Your event must be primarily academic in nature.

  • Your application must be endorsed by a GAPSA Research Council member. (Indicate the endorsement in Section 2 of the application.) Please consult the GAPSA representatives page for contact information, and reach out to any research (R) representative. If you are unsure who would be willing to sponsor, contact the Research Council Chair for a redirect.

    • Please note: your application will not be considered without the endorsement of a Research Council member. This is, ultimately, to your benefit, as applications tend to be more successful when someone in the room is familiar with the event and can advocate for you/answer questions.

Application

The completed application is due 8 days before the GAPSA meeting at which your event will be reviewed.  You must e-mail a copy of the application materials (powerpoint, budget, and event information) to the Chair for Research Council (gapsa.research@gmail.com) and cc: the Research Council member who is endorsing your application. 

The referral application is available at:

 https://form.jotform.com/83182549757167

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Student Group Event Funding

Description

GAPSA’s Finance Committee solicits applications from Penn student groups throughout the year and awards funding in the fall and spring semesters.

Funding

Varies ($600 average in FY’17/18 per successful application)

Notes

  • Groups comprising predominantly graduate students are eligible.

  • Student groups applying for funding must be registered in the University-wide student group database, G.O. Penn: http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/osa/gopenn.html

  • Organizations that cater to larger student populations with memberships from a variety of Penn programs typically receive greater funding.

  • Full eligibility requirements are found on the form, below.

Deadline

Round 2 applications close 12/14/18 11:59 PM (Eastern).

ApplicatioN

The application is available at:

https://form.jotform.com/83182549757167

Additional details are embedded within the application.

Contact

Student Group Event Fund Deputy at gapsa.finance.sgef@gmail.com or

Chair for Finance, Paul Welfer at gapsa.finance@gmail.com

 

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Empowerment Fund (IDEAL Council)

Description

The IDEAL Council is comprised of campus-wide affinity organizations. Funding for these student groups is available through the GAPSA Empowerment Fund.

Notes

 

DEADLINE

 

APPLICATION

 

CONTACT

See this chart for more information about funding levels.

 

The application closed 10/31/18 11:59 PM (Eastern).

 

The application is closed for FY’18/19. 

Additional details are embedded within the application. 

Please contact the Chair for IDEAL Council for more information.

 

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GAP Funding

Description

 

NOTES

 

 

DEADLINE

 

APPLICATION

 

 

 

 

CONTACT

GAP funding is reserved for events or initiatives that span multiple graduate schools. Funding is administered by the school governments.

Approved applications require endorsement of two or more school government presidents or treasurers.  Please contact your school government for more information or to apply.  

 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

 

Fall 2018 applications are OPEN.

The referral application is available at: 

https://form.jotform.com/83182549757167

Additional details are embedded within the application.

 

GAP Deputy at gapsa.finance.gap@gmail.com or

Chair for Finance, Paul Welfer at gapsa.finance@gmail.com

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Discretionary Funding

Description

GAPSA General Assembly (GA) utilizes a discretionary fund to support academic and social enterprises and events that will benefit Penn's entire graduate student population. This is in place to reinforce GAPSA's mission to encourage students from all corners of the graduate student body to get together, learn together, and have fun together.

Funding

Varies ($1400 average in FY’17/18 per successful application)

Notes

  • The endeavor should (a) improve graduate and professional student life at Penn and (b) be interdisciplinary.

  • The Discretionary Fund process allows students and groups to appeal directly to the GA for funding. However, there is no guarantee that you will be able to present in front of the GA as the process is extremely competitive due to the high number of quality applications.

  • It is suggested that this be used to predominantly supplement other monies.

Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Application

Fall 2018 applications are OPEN.

The application is available at: 

https://form.jotform.com/83182549757167

Additional details are embedded within the application.

Contact

Discretionary Fund Deputy at gapsa.finance.discretionary@gmail.com or

Chair for Finance, Paul Welfer at gapsa.finance@gmail.com

 

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Synergy Fund

Purpose

This fund aims to encourage the development of graduate student government organizations by incentivizing them to create greater connections across campus.

Funding

Varies ($600 average in FY’17/18 per successful application)

Notes

    
The Synergy Fund accepts applications from G12 organizations. To be eligible for this fund, an applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

  • The group must submit current and previous fiscal year budget

  • The group must be planning an event or funding series that brings together multiple graduate schools

Priority will be given to applications that are co-sponsored by two or more Graduate Student Governments, or by a Graduate Student Government and either a campus-wide affinity organization, the Graduate Student Center, or GAPSA.

Deadline

Round 2 applications close 12/14/18 11:59 PM (Eastern).

Application

The application is available at:

https://form.jotform.com/83182549757167

Additional details are embedded within the application.

Contact

Synergy Fund Deputy at gapsa.finance.synergy@gmail.com or

Chair for Finance, Paul Welfer at gapsa.finance@gmail.com

 

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Funding 101: Green Leaf Program

Looking to start a new student group? It's as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!

  1. Register at GO@Penn

  2. Apply for Student Group Event Funding (SGEF).  Round 2 is OPEN 11/15-12/14.

  3. In the application under Supplementary Information, tell us:

    "New group seeking "Green Leaf" funding"

Questions? Reach out to us: gapsa.finance@gmail.com.

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