Pi Sigma Alpha

Chapter Activity Grants

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 8, 2021

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 $85,000. The maximum grant award for a chapter is $2,000. The faculty awards committee meets in November, and grants are awarded immediately thereafter.
A good proposal will clearly and concisely describe the exact nature and scope of the proposed activity. It will have a complete and realistic budget which follows the grant guidelines (linked below). In addition, the proposed activity will be worthwhile, feasible, and compatible with the purposes of PSA.

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, before the end of the Society’s fiscal year.

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 are well-written, feasible projects with reasonable and detailed budgets. The range of possible proposals is, of course, much broader than the examples below. 

PLEASE NOTE

The selection committee will look more favorably on on-campus or virtual programming rather than “trips,” and on activities that go beyond the traditional initiation ceremony. If your chapter plans to submit a proposal for a trip please be sure to outline the specific academic or professional development opportunities that will be part of the program.