Chapter Activity Grants
ONLINE SYSTEM WILL OPEN IN SEPTEMBER 2021
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2021
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.
- 2020-21 Chapter Activity Grant Guidelines
- 2020-21 Chapter Activity Grant Report Checklist (Report Due June 15, 2021)
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.
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.