ALUMNI ASSOCIATION GRANT PROGRAM
The Alumni Association Grant Program is a benefit for all of Alumni Clubs and Affinity Groups, providing monetary support to subsidize volunteer-led programming focused on extending the reach of alumni clubs/groups through creative and compelling events, resulting in meaningful, strategic engagement and impact.
We define “creative and compelling” as programming that strives to reach multiple segments of the alumni population. Some examples include programming tailored to young alumni, families, diverse audiences, or regional traditions. Additionally, initiatives that seek to advantageously meet a club/group need or make significant community impact are encouraged.
In order to qualify for monetary support, your Alumni Club or Affinity Group must meet the following requirements.
Grants are only available to University of Chicago alumni who have conferred with local volunteers or regional leaders and/or staff liaison. See a list of club/group presidents and regional contacts here.
The proposed initiative must align with the stated purpose of the grant program as described above.
Funds awarded typically range from $500 - $2,500.
Funds awarded in the current fiscal year must be used before Friday, June 14, 2019.
Funds are intended to cover program expenses as specified in your proposal. Unused funds cannot be used for another program or expenses unrelated to the approved proposal.
Applications must be submitted online and include a complete budget detailing all associated costs, venue details and projected attendance.
Applications are reviewed by the Alumni Association grant committee and funds awarded at the committee's discretion.
Grant recipients are required to provide a post event evaluation and attendance list to the Alumni Association grant committee. The evaluation and attendance list must be received within 14 days post event or future grant funding will not be awarded to that club/group.
This program is intended to serve as a resource for innovation and exclusivity for club/group worldwide and grant applicants are considered stewards of the University's budget. The following proposals will not be considered:
Proposals for programs already been advertised or promoted.
Proposals for recurring or past programs.
Proposals with unclear budgets or programs are not feasible due to resource constraints.
Proposals with outside of the grant purpose or for other areas such as graduate specific alumni clubs (ie Booth School, Law School).
Proposals submitted prior to notifying volunteer regional leaders and/or the staff liaison of your program idea and intent to request funding.
To be considered, applications must be submitted at least 8 weeks before the event/program date. Prospective recipients should complete the Alumni Association Grant Program online application form by the last day of the month until April 30, 2019.
Application Submission Dates
December 31, 2018
January 31, 2019
February 28, 2019
March 31, 2019
April 30, 2019
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online and include a complete budget detailing all associated costs, venue details and projected attendance
CLICK HERE TO START YOUR APPLICATION
After the Application
Proposal are reviewed by Alumni Association Grant Committee at the beginning of each month until May 1, 2019. Applicants will receive a response regarding their application within two weeks after being reviewed. Notification will be directed to the contact person(s) listed on the application. Decisions will be made by the Grant Committee, and are final. The funds will be distributed during the same fiscal year in which the application has been approved, and funds are required to be spent before Friday, June 14, 2019.
After the Event
Grant recipients are required to provide a post event evaluation and attendance list to the Alumni Association Grant Committee detailing the success of the event funded and its impact on regional alumni community. The evaluation and attendance list must be received within two weeks or future grant funding will not be awarded.
How long does the grant program run?
Annually the grant program runs each fiscal year from August/September until May.
What is a Fiscal Year?
Fiscal year for the university is July 1 - June 30.
Who sits on the Alumni Association grant comittee?
A panel of Alumni Association AEAG staff.
Questions? Please contact Alumni Association at 773.702.2150 or at firstname.lastname@example.org subject line: Grant Program.