Graduate Student Organization Event Funding

2020-2021 GSO Event Funding

**If you have already applied for funding for events that occur during the 2020-2021 academic year or for events taking place July 1, 2020- September 2020, using the 2019-20 application,  then you do NOT need to reapply. The finance committee will  review those applications also. **

In an effort to increase awareness and diversity of the graduate community at MSU, COGS provides funding to graduate student organizations for the hosting of events. Two streams of event funding are available – single host event funding and collaboration event funding. Please read the Event Funding Guidelines document which pertains to both streams of funding before applying. **Applications are online only and must be filled out completely to be considered eligible.**

Single Host Event Funding – A GSO can apply for a maximum of $1,500 over the course of an academic year. This money can be divided across any number events over the course of the year (even those held during summer), but a unique application must be submitted for each additional event. These funds are awarded based on a first-come first-served basis during the COGS legislative session for fall and spring semesters.  Once funds allocated for funding requests are depleted, no more requests will be granted.  NOTE: Funds for summer events through June 30th should be applied for no later than April 1.  Funds for summer events from July 1- August can be applied for too, but will not be reviewed until the fall.  Funding is only approved while full council is in session.

Collaboration Event Funding – A GSO can apply for funding for an event hosted in collaboration with 2 or more additional GSOs. The maximum funding that can be provided for a collaboration event is $500 per collaborator (e.g. 3 collaborators can apply together for up to $1,500). Only one application should be filled out for the event, with information about every graduate student organization contributing. A GSO may apply for collaboration funding with the same or different collaborators a maximum of 3 times across an academic year. These funds are based on a first-come first-served basis every semester. Once funds allocated for funding requests are depleted, no more requests will be granted.

GSO Support Funding – This fund is for the purpose of supporting the efforts of a department/GSO to elect their COGS Representative.  Funding is to be applied to a meeting at which a represented department or GSO has a meeting to elect its representative to COGS for the next year. For more information or to apply, please go here.

NOTE: Your event funding application must be approved by the Financial Committee and Full Council before your event takes place.* See the table below for specifics about application deadlines. *Late summer/early fall events may be subject to retroactive funding if it takes place before the finance commitee has started their sessions for the year.

Upcoming Event Funding Deadlines (Due by 5 pm on the stated due dates):

Your Event Date: Due to COGS Office by: COGS Full Council Date
for Event Review:
7/1/19 or later September 30, 2020  October 14, 2020
11/18/20 or later November 4, 2020 November 18, 2020
12/9/20 – or later November 25, 2020*

(Final deadline for FALL events)

December 9, 2020
1/1/21  or later January 6, 2021 January – TBD
2/1/21  or later* February – TBD February TBD
3/1/20 or later* March – TBD March – TBD
4/1/21 – June 30, 2021* April  – TBD April – TBD

*Tentative, pending confirmed Spring 2021 Full Council Dates. Applications for SPRING SEMESTER events will NOT be considered after the April  deadline.  

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