Pi Sigma Alpha

Chapter Activity Grants

The application cycle for 2023-24 closed on October 31, 2023. Check back for updates in Fall 2024!

For over 35 years, the Chapter Activity Grants program has provided the means for chapters to put together projects with a broader scope than they otherwise could afford, and gives students excellent experience in writing proposals and budgets, carrying out funded activities, and writing reports.

The current budget for this program is $70,000. The maximum grant award for a chapter is $2,000. The faculty awards committee meets in November, and grants are awarded immediately thereafter.

One of the great benefits of this program is the practice it gives students in proposal-writing. A good proposal will clearly describe the exact nature and scope of the proposed activity and will be concisely written with no unnecessary verbiage or other information. It will have a complete and realistic budget which follows the guidelines specified in the program announcement. And finally, the proposed activity will be worthwhile, feasible, and compatible with the purposes of PSA.

Winners of the grants are required to report on the activity, including an accounting of the expenditure of the grant funds, by June 15.

The selection committee will prioritize proposals for activities that go beyond the traditional initiation ceremony. 

PLEASE NOTE: As of 2023, travel activities may no longer be funded. 

The new maximum speaker honorarium is $200. The new maximum lunch amount is $18 per person and the new maximum dinner amount is $30 per person.

Sample Grant Proposals

Each year nearly 100 chapters receive chapter activity grants. The selection committee takes account of the quality of the proposals themselves when it makes funding decisions. Below are links to examples that of well-written, feasible projects with reasonable and detailed budgets. The range of possible proposals is, of course, much broader than the examples below.