Auxiliary Enterprise Management Council Grant Information

Mission and Overview

The Auxiliary Enterprise Management Council (AEMC) was established in 2002 out of the Senior Vice President’s office to respond to immediate university needs with direct impact on student’s daily lives outside of the normal budget cycle and parameters.

AEMC currently offers grants to advance projects and programs that make Mason a more vibrant, connected, and effective place to learn, live, and work. Guided by a set of principles outlined below, AEMC funding is typically awarded four times each year, in amounts generally ranging from $500 to $25,000. AEMC usually offers one-time funding, whether to take a project from inception to completion or to “seed” a program that will then identify other sources of sustaining funds.

Guiding Principles

AEMC seeks to fund entrepreneurial and innovative projects or programs that are submitted by faculty/staff or students collaborating with faculty/staff and have one or more of the following characteristics:

  1. Direct benefit to large numbers of Mason students.
  1. Support innovative ideas that help us realize the goals of Mason’s strategic plan:
  1. Projects that don’t have other avenues for funding for student-benefitting ideas which build out Mason’s infrastructure.
  1. Result in measurable outcomes (defined and assessed by requestor).


AEMC accepts requests from any recognized academic or administrative unit of the university or a student who has partnered with one of the former. Student organizations are encouraged to seek funding through channels available in Student Involvement or to work closely with Student Government regarding a collaborative submission. AEMC does not typically fund instructional activities; academic programs are encouraged to seek such funding from their local administrators (Chairs, Directors, and Deans) or, if appropriate, from the Office of the Provost. AEMC has traditionally not funded requests for continuing staff positions or inflationary adjustments to existing programs.

Funding is awarded to projects and programs that advance one or more of the following goals:

  • Category A: Enriches student experience/expands activities in response to increased enrollment, including residential and traditional aged students as well as off-campus and non-traditional students.
  • Category B: Increases Student-Faculty Interaction Outside of the Classroom
  • Category C: Enhances Student Well-being and/or creates improvements with direct student impact
  • Category D: Promotes collaboration and synergy between units to provide a better overall experience for students
  • Category E: Creates other enhancements deemed appropriate by the committee

How to Apply

Potential applicants should download the AEMC Request Form.

and fill it out as completely as possible, with close attention to the priorities and categories described above. The AEMC process is highly competitive and there are many more worthwhile requests than funds available.   Clarity of purpose, alignment with AEMC goals, and feasibility are all part of a successful application.

AEMC requests are first vetted by a member of the Council who is most closely associated with the requesting unit. This consultation helps ensure that the request is appropriate for AEMC consideration, and may lead to revisions or redirection of the request.

Requests deemed appropriate for Council review are considered quarterly. Individuals or groups making requests may be requested to make a presentation to the members of AEMC. The Council will provide the initiator of the request with a decision and rationale within an appropriate period of time.


  • Hannah Carse (Student Government)
  • Rick Davis (Center for Visual and Performing Arts)
  • Mark Fournier (Auxiliary Enterprises)
  • Kevin McNamee (Athletics)
  • David Moore (Office of Budget & Planning)
  • Rose Pascarell (University Life)

For further information

Visit our Grants page or contact Alissa Karton,