Group/Event Funding

Academic Events Funding (Research Council)  |  Student Group Funding
The IDEAL Committee Funding  |  GAP Funding  |  Discretionary Funding
GAPSA-G12 Synergy Fund

Note: 2016-2017 rolling application windows are open for Academic Events, GAP, and Discretionary funding.  Round 4 (2/15/17-3/14/17) IS NOW CLOSED.  SGEF and Synergy funding is now closed.  Round 4 decisions should be announced shortly.

New to Spring 2017, 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 SAS-SASgov, 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, and academic discussions.  Events that are primarily social in nature are not eligible for funding (happy hours, mixers, ect.). 

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.  If you need help contacting your GAPSA representative, please e-mail gapsa.research@gmail.com and you will be put in contact with the GAPSA representatives from your school.

Application

All applications should be sent to gapsa.research@gmail.com. The completed application is due 8 days before the GAPSA meeting at which your event will be reviewed.  

The referral application is available at:

https://form.jotformpro.com/70874772068972

 

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Student Group 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 (Average in FY14: $600 per initiative for successful applicants)

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

Applications closed at 11:59 PM on March 14th, 2017.

ApplicatioN

The application is now closed.

 

Contact

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

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

 

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The IDEAL Committee Funding

Description

The IDEAL Committee is comprised of campus-wide affinity organizations. Funding for these student groups is available through GAPSA. Please contact the Chair of Equity & Access for more information.

Notes

See this chart for more information about funding levels. Application for 2016-17 are now closed. 

 

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GAP Funding

Description

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

Please contact your school government for more information or to apply.

The referral application is available at:

https://form.jotformpro.com/70874772068972

 

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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 (Average in FY13: $1350 per initiative for successful applicants)

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

Spring 2017 applications are now OPEN.

The application is available at: https://form.jotformpro.com/70874772068972

Additional details are embedded within the application.

Contact

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

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

 

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GAPSA - G12 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

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

Applications closed at 11:59 PM on March 14th, 2017.

Application Information

The application is now closed.

 

Contact

Synergy Fund Deputy, Jessica Chao 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)

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

    "New group seeking "Green Leaf" funding"

***NOTE: SGEF applications CLOSED 3/14/17.

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