Pi Sigma Alpha

Chapter Activity Grants

The application cycle for 2024-25 will open in Fall 2024. Check back for details!

Since 1981, Pi Sigma Alpha has offered Chapter Activity Grants to support on-campus events and activities. 

The 2024-25 budget for Chapter Activity Grants is $100,000, with maximum grant awards of $2,000. The faculty grant committee meets in November, and grants are awarded immediately thereafter. Chapters are encouraged to think creatively when planning their events, as the selection committee prioritizes proposals for activities that go beyond the traditional initiation ceremony.

Chapters that are inviting guest speakers for their event may also ask to be considered for the Nancy McManus Speaker Grant. Named in honor of longtime Pi Sigma Alpha administrator, Nancy McManus, the McManus Grant provides an additional $1000 to one chapter per year to support the honorarium and/or travel fees for a notable guest speaker. 

Grantees are required to report on their funded activities, including an accounting of fund expenditures, by June 15.

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

Sample Grant Proposals

One of the great benefits of the Chapter Activity Grant 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.

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