Community Impact Fund

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The Provost's Office has dedicated funds to support graduate student initiatives and activities that address racial, cultural, or gender-based bias. The purpose of the fund is to build a community of mutual respect and intercultural understanding on campus, particularly among graduate and professional students.

 

 

Application Guidelines

The Community Impact Fund (CIF) supports events that advance several key goals: 

  • to support graduate student initiatives and activities that address racial, cultural, or gender-based bias; 

  • to promote a community of mutual respect and intercultural understanding among graduate and professional students and on campus more broadly; and

  • to encourage dialogue and discussion among members of the graduate and professional student community about issues related to bias and discrimination.

Funding Guidelines

  • Grants are awarded in amounts from $100 to $1,000. 

  • Events may be funded in full or in part. 

  • Groups may request funding for the following project expenses: materials, transportation, equipment, publicity, facilities, catering, or other event related expenses. Funds can not be used for honoraria or speaker fees. 

Applicant Guidelines  

  • Applicants must be a University of Pennsylvania student, faculty, or staff member organizing activities for graduate and professional students that meet the goals of the fund. 

  • Applications from individual students or student groups that are not registered with the Office of Student Activities must have a sponsoring Penn organization, department, or school with a budget code.

Event Guidelines

  • Marketing and event planning assistance is available in addition to grants. 

  • Fund recipients must display the CIF logo on promotional materials - and -  complete a post-event evaluation within 30 days of the event's completion. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in funds being rescinded. 

  • Preference will be given to:

    • New and creative events or activities with clear potential to advance the goals of the Community Impact Fund.

    • Events intended solely or primarily for Penn graduate and professional students 

    • Events that encourage discourse or community building across existing organizations or groups.  

    • Interdisciplinary programs involving more than one school or department.

  • There must be a clear direct connection between the event or program and an impact on the broader Penn graduate & professional student community.

Application Process & Review Criteria 

  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis during the academic year. 

  • Fund requests are reviewed by a committee composed of graduate student leaders from affinity organizations and staff from the Graduate Student Center and Office of the Vice Provost for Education. 

  • We encourage applicants to submit requests as early as possible. The review committee will make every effort to process applications within 14 days of receipt and/or two weeks prior to the event date. 

  • We will consider applications for “rapid response” events held in response to current events or incidents on a shorter timeline. You must select “Rapid Response” in the online application and provide additional information for such consideration. 

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact us with any ideas or questions about the Community Impact Fund or CIF-sponsored events. 

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Applications are accepted during the fall and spring academic terms. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please review the full application guidelines and criteria before submitting and contact us with any questions. 

2019-20 Application Cycle 
  Fall 2019 Spring 2020
Application Opens August 27 December 19
Application Closes  January 10 May 12

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