Funding

To be consistent with our vision, this year the Graduate Student Association body has approved several changes to our constitution that include the way in which registered student organizations apply for funding. In essence, the association is going to create a senate that will vote on the decisions we make at our general meetings. We are tying to create a democratic setting, in which the voice of every graduate student can be heard. Hence, each graduate student organization and mixed students organization will be required to send a representative to our meetings once a month in order to be eligible for funding. This representative would have the obligation to report their membership of everything the association is doing for the sake of graduate students and the overall Western Michigan University's betterment.

The funds we have available are administered by the Graduate Financial Allocation Committee, a standing subcommittee of the association. The committee handles financial matters brought before the association, including developing and managing the association's budget, and providing recommendations to the committee regarding allocation of Student Assessment Fee funds to registered student organizations. All applications' materials must be turned in at least two weeks prior to the committee's monthly meeting, before 5 p.m. in order to be considered for revision at that meeting. Late applications will not be considered until the following monthly meeting, that is regardless of the date of the event for which the organization is seeking funding. In addition, organizations applying for funding must send a representative to the committee's monthly meeting. Failure to do so will result in the proposal being tabled until the following monthly meeting. Finally, all organizations applying for funding have to attend to at least one registered student organization orientation. Schedules for these workshops are provided at the bottom of this page.

The association's budget is funded by a percentage of the Student Assessment Fee paid by on-campus graduate students when they register for classes. 10 percent of these funds go to general registered student organizations' operation, and the remaining funds are split, 95 percent to the association and 5 percent to the Campus Activities Board.

Proposals must be submitted electronically to: gfac-info@wmich.edu.

Note: Please send another email to inquire if your request was received or not in the case you do not receive an email confirmation within two days. Otherwise your application will not be review. It is your responsibility to check if your request was received or not.

Here are the documents every organization interested in applying for funding needs to have ahead of time:

Funding guidelines.

Application form.

Self evaluation form.

RSO orientation fall 2014

Day

Date

Time

Location

Thursday

Sept. 4

11 to 12:30 p.m.

Room 204 of the Bernhard Center

Monday

Sept. 8

1 to 2:30 p.m.

Room 204 of the Bernhard Center

Tuesday

Sept. 16

11 to 12:30 p.m.

Room 204 of the Bernhard Center

Monday

Oct. 6

1:30 to 3 p.m.

Room 204 of the Bernhard Center

Thursday

Oct. 16

11 to 12:30 p.m.

Room 204 of the Bernhard Center

Monday

Oct. 20

10:30 to noon

Room 204 of the Bernhard Center

Monday

Nov. 3

10:30 to noon

Room 204 of the Bernhard Center

Thursday

Nov. 13

1 to 2:30 p.m.

Room 204 of the Bernhard Center

 

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