Section 1: Background Information
The GAPSA Equity and Access Solidarity Fund provides monetary support for individuals and/or groups who have concerns regarding equity and/or access. While the GAPSA IDEAL Council represents and supports many affinity groups on campus, the Solidarity Fund is intended to support any students who are not covered under that umbrella. Grants will be awarded to eligible individuals or groups with demonstrated need after a competitive review process. Interested applicants should complete the application form below, which will be reviewed by the Equity and Access Committee on a rolling-basis. The application form is deliberately broad to allow for inclusivity.
If you have any questions or concerns, or require any more information, then please email the GAPSA Chair for Equity and Access at email@example.com.
Applicants are required to provide their name and contact details in order to receive funding, but any personally identifiable information provided will not be shared without prior consent and will otherwise remain confidential.
Please also note:
1) GAPSA supports a wide range of student events and programs run by student organizations at Penn across all twelve graduate schools (G12). Applications for GAPSA funding are highly competitive. As such, it is suggested that you pursue a range of funding sources for your program.
2) If you are applying for a group, the group must be registered, on an annual basis, with the Office of Student Affairs. Please register online at http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/osa/gopenn.html.
3) The proposal must be geared towards the graduate and professional student population. Undergraduate organizations generally are ineligible for GAPSA funding.
4) Priority will be given to groups whose proposals are designed to benefit students from multiple G12 schools and programs.
5) The funding process is very competitive. You may receive full, partial, or no funding at all for your proposal from GAPSA. The more complete, well-planned, well-budgeted, and well-written your application is, the more likely it is to be funded. High quality applications will successfully convince GAPSA of the merits of the proposal.
6) All applicants are required to advertise their events and programs with GAPSA. Please visit the GAPSA homepage at www.gapsa.upenn.edu and click on the “Publicize with the GAPSA Weekly Newsletter” link at least two weeks prior to your event to advertise in our weekly email. Contact the GAPSA Chair for Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org AS SOON AS YOU SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL so that the graduate and professional student community may be made aware of your event or program. Proposals are subject to ineligibility without this action.
7) If your event or program receives GAPSA funding, then GAPSA must be acknowledged as a funding source on your organizational and promotional material.
8) All GAPSA funded programs and organizations must support open community, inclusion, and representative governance.
9) Please refer to specific fund eligibility requirements, instructions, and deadlines available on the GAPSA website.
10) If you are awarded funding, reimbursements must be claimed by January 15, 2018, (for events/programs occurring in the fall) or June 15, 2018, (for events/programs occurring in the spring) or they will be forfeited. Further deadlines may apply for specific funds.