Graduate Student Group Start-up Fund

Mission of the fund:

To provide necessary resources to student groups that have just been formed and recognized by ASA. However, exceptions to the “newly formed” requirement might apply, which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  Besides the financial resource, GSC would also assist and provide knowledge for managing/growing student groups whenever possible.

Funding Guidelines

 All funded graduate student groups are required to meet the guidelines established by the GSC Funding Board.

Applications are open! Applications can be submitted here.

Funding structure:

Funding cycles:

Funding Cycle Applications Open Application Deadline Cycle Start Cycle End Reimbursement Deadline
Summer/Fall Round I (Summer) May 17, 2014 June 7, 2014 July 1, 2014 September 30, 2014 October 15, 2014
Summer/Fall Round II (Fall) September 7, 2014 September 21, 2014 October 1, 2014 December 31, 2014 January 15, 2014*
IAP/Spring Round I (IAP) Decembet 3, 2014 December 14, 2014 January 1, 2015 March 31, 2015 April 15, 2015
IAP/Spring Round II (Spring) March 7th, 2015 March 19th, 2015 April 1, 2015 June 30, 2015 July 15, 2015*
* Reimbursements are due no later than the 15 days from the last day of the cycle.

Amount:  Around $750/cycle would be allocated depending on the applications.

Criteria and priority:

Event must have positive impact on its constituents and MIT grad population as a whole.

Event must be well planned with a detailed budget layout (include expenses and funding sources).

Event must be open to all MIT graduate student.

Event must show that it can help the student group sustain itself in the future without relying on GSC funding.

The event must aim to provide the student group with a sustainable model so that the student group can expect funding from other resources in the near future.

Shows initiative to think out of the box and optimize the usage of their resources.

The student group must have been formed or restarted within the past two years.

The student group must not have received funding through the GSC start-up fund in the past.

Funds for IAP/Spring 2015 (Round 2) have been allocated!

Allocation amounts for IAP/Spring 2015 (Round 2) funding can be found below:

Reimbursement for Individual Expenses:

In order to get reimbursement from the start-up fund as allocated by GSC Funding Board, your student group must

  • Publicize the event at least two weeks in advance using, at a minimum, the MIT’s Events Calendar and the GSC Anno. Posters and other advertising media may also be used. Here is the link to add events.
  • Be sure to include GSC Funding Board (group code 2800) as a co-sponsor on the Events Calendar. (View currently posted events).
  • Use the Funding Board logo (black or white) on all advertisements.

*Note that paper posters are not required and should be used with the knowledge that they generate low awareness and large amounts of waste.

  • Submit both the electronic and hard copy components of each reimbursement request before 5pm on the funding cycle deadline, as set by the GSC Treasurer:

Steps to get reimbursement through ATLAS:

Student groups are encouraged to use the online Atlas Request for Payment (RFP) service.

  1. Start online reimbursement form by clicking on Manage Reimbursement (RFPs) on ATLAS.
  2. Please reference the funding period, event title, and event details in the reimbursement form.
  3. Use relevant G/L expense categories below.
  4. Submit the scanned receipts, scanned proof of payment, and an electronic print-out of the MIT calendar listing as attachment. Accepted formats include pdf, jpg, png, gif or bmp.
  5. Please fill in the ‘cost object’ with your group’s funding account number, and use G/L account 420344 for event expenses, and G/L account 421588 for capital expenses.
  6. After completing all fields, please choose the treasurer or other financial signatories of your group as the recipient for approval.
  7. The treasurer or other financial signatories should then approve and “Send To” “Student Activities Office” for approval.
  8. The original itemized receipts, and proof of payment (remember, MIT is tax exempt) should be sent to the SAO office (W20-549).
  9. Comply with the Institute and GSC Alcohol Policies. Failure to comply with MIT policies and/or GSC Funding Board Guidelines could lead to citations and/or warnings from the GSC Funding Board regarding the GSC funding related issues, and/or a failure on the part of the GSC to provide funding and/or reimbursement.

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Past Allocations: