Chapter Activity Grants

DEADLINE: October 31 Annually
 


SUBMIT YOUR REGULAR CHAPTER ACTIVITY GRANT HERE: 
https://politicalscience.wufoo.com/forms/2019-chapter-activity-grant-proposals/

 

SUBMIT YOUR CENTENNIAL CHAPTER GRANT HERE (Spring 2020 money):
https://politicalscience.wufoo.com/forms/spring-2020-centennial-chapter-activity-grants/

 

KEY DOCUMENTS
 -
2019-20 Chapter Activity Grant Guidelines

 - 2019-20 Chapter Activity Grant Report Checklist (Report Due June 15, 2020)


SPECIAL NOTE FOR 2020 | CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

Pi Sigma Alpha will celebrate its centennial in 2020.  To support you and your chapter, the national office has decided to expand the funds available through chapter grants for the year ahead. This year Pi Sigma Alpha is offering your chapter the opportunity to apply for one Chapter Activity Grant to conduct programming this Spring 2020 and to apply for one Centennial Chapter Grant to conduct programming either in Spring 2020 or Fall 2020. Please note the two separate deadlines below for these Centennial Chapter Grant opportunities.

NOTE:  A chapter may receive BOTH a regular Chapter Activity Grant and a Centennial Chapter Grant in the Fall 2019 cycle.  A chapter may NOT use both grants to support the same program.

A chapter may only receive funding for ONE Centennial Grant (Spring 2020 OR Fall 2020)
 


2019-20 CHAPTER GRANTS | DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2019
MAXIMUM GRANT: $2,000

The 2019-20 chapter activity grant process will operate as normal with total funds being increased to support chapter proposals to be executed in spring 2020.  A chapter may apply for funds to conduct programming, such as induction events, essay contests, panel sessions, research conferences, and more.  Decisions will be released by late November and checks will be delivered in early December. Money must be used and reports submitted by June 15, 2020. Unused funds for this program must be returned before June 30, 2020.

SPRING 2020 CENTENNIAL CHAPTER GRANTS | DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2019
MAXIMUM GRANT: $1,000

The national office will offer a second Fall 2019 proposal opportunity to fund centennial programming.  Proposals submitted as part of this special call MUST be oriented around the centennial. This might involve inviting chapter members back to campus for a special centennial reception, an alumni professional development panel, or something creative and inventive.  Your chapter may want to work on a project that draws special attention to the centennial and your chapter's campus history. If your chapter's charter date falls between January 1 and June 30 (not sure? ask the national office), this would be an appropriate time to host a centennial induction or a special event that draws alumni from the chapter. Proposals with no centennial or historical element will not be considered. Decisions will be released by late November and checks will be delivered in early December. Money must be used and reports submitted by June 15, 2020. Unused funds for this program must be returned before June 30, 2020.


FALL 2020 CENTENNIAL CHAPTER GRANTS | DEADLINE: March 1, 2020
MAXIMUM GRANT: $1,000

Chapters who do not receive a Centennial Chapter Grant in the Fall 2019 cycle may apply between January 1 and March 1, 2020 for money to be used in Fall 2020.  The official Pi Sigma Alpha birthday month is October, and October 1, 2020 will mark the official centennial.  If your chapter's charter date falls between September 1 and December 31 (not sure? ask the national office), this would be an appropriate time to host a centennial celebration or a special event that draws alumni from the chapter.  Proposals submitted as part of this special call MUST be oriented around the centennial. This might involve inviting chapter members back to campus for a special centennial ceremony, an alumni professional development panel, a research project on the history of the chapter, or something creative and inventive.  Proposals with no centennial or historical element will not be considered. Decisions will be released by mid-April and checks will be delivered in late summer 2020. Money must be used before December 31, 2020. Unused funds for this program must be returned.


2020-21 CHAPTER GRANTS | DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2020
TOTAL FUNDING AVAILABLE: $125,000

The 2020-21 grant process will operate as normal to support chapter proposals to be executed in Spring 2021. A call for those grants will be distributed in the fall of 2020. 

PLEASE NOTE
 The selection committee will look more favorably on on-campus programming rather than "trips." The Pi Sigma Alpha Executive Council has discussed at length the value of chapters conducting work on campus rather than taking students on site-seeing excursions. If your chapter plans to submit a proposal for a trip please be sure to outline the specific academic or professional development opportunities that will be part of the program. 
 

OUTLINE


The National Office sponsors an annual program of grants to chapters for special activities. Proposals are accepted through October 31 of each year, the awards committee meets in November, and grants are awarded immediately thereafter.

This has been a highly successful program for over 30 years. It provides the means for chapters to put together projects with a broader scope than they otherwise could afford, and gives students excellent experience in writing proposals and budgets, carrying out funded activities, and writing reports.

The current budget for this program is $125,000. The maximum grant award for a chapter is $2,000.


One of the great benefits of this program is the practice it gives students in proposal-writing. A good proposal will clearly describe the exact nature and scope of the proposed activity and will be concisely written with no unnecessary verbiage or other information. It will have a complete and realistic budget which follows the guidelines specified in the program announcement. And finally, the proposed activity will be worthwhile, feasible, and compatible with the purposes of PSA.


Winners of the grants are required to report on the activity, including an accounting of the expenditure of the grant funds, before the end of the Society's Fiscal Year.

Sample Grant Proposals

Each year nearly 100 chapters receive chapter activity grants. The selection committee takes account of the quality of the proposals themselves when it makes funding decisions.  Below are links to examples that are well-written, feasible projects with reasonable and detailed budgets. The range of possible proposals is, of course, much broader than the examples below. 

 

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