Every academic year, University Life awards grants for programs that impact the quality of campus life at George Mason University. Funding priority is given to grant requests received by the following dates:
- 8 weeks in advance of the program(s) for grants $1000 or greater
- 2 weeks in advance of the program for grants under $1000
University Life Programming Grants are awarded to programs which: build community; promote faculty/staff/student interaction; celebrate cultural diversity; use the institution’s technology resources; increase collaboration across units within the university; and are coordinated and aligned with the calendar of University Life events.
University Life Programming Grant Criteria:
Grants are awarded to programs geared toward a primary audience made up of students. Grant applications are evaluated on:
- Program rationale
- Academic connection(s).
- Likelihood of garnering an audience of the desired size and composition
- Promotion plan
- Alignment with events currently on university life calendar
- Extent to which the program fulfills the University Life Programming mission
- Workplan and timeline
- Anticipated outcomes and benefits of project or program
- Evaluation plan
- Proposed use of funds
In making its decisions, the ULPC considers:
- Significance of the project and its overall prospects for success
- Involvement of faculty and staff across the university
- Project or program’s immediate and long-term impact on a well defined target audience, which may and generally should include the university community at large
- The relationship of the project to the goals and priorities of University Life
Because University Life Programming Grants are funded with student fee money, programs with a primary audience of students are given priority. Requests will first be evaluated on their likelihood of garnering an audience of the desired size and composition. There is considerable evidence that advertising alone in insufficient to this task, so proposals with an academic connection will be given high consideration. Identify the specific classes the event will be connected to or the faculty who have agreed to assign or otherwise encourage student attendance.
Special consideration will be given to programs that complement events currently on the University Life calendar. Please remember to check the calendar for other major events in order to avoid conflicting events.
Information may be submitted online or you may print the form and mail it, fax it, or save it as a Word document and email it to the address below. If you complete the form offline, please limit submissions to no more than 2 pages.
Questions regarding the approval process, or forms completed offline, may be directed to:
Ms. Alissa Karton
University Life Programming Committee
MS 1C3, Merten Hall
Phone: (703) 993-1438
Fax: (703) 993-2117