Community Grants

NOTE: You may only submit one grant application for any one event. No summer review of application.

Community Grant Descriptions and Applications

Graduate Student Event Grant (GSEG)

Single Event
COGS Graduate Student Event Grants are intended to support the development of intellectual and social community across graduate disciplines and among graduate students at different stages in their studies.  
Grants must be used for a single event or a series of related events that occur within the same semester. These events must be open to and marketed to all graduate students.
  • Maximum of $500.
  • Applicants should demonstrate efforts to obtain alternate funding from other sources. 
  • Proposal authors are expected to volunteer their time; stipends for the organizing team will not be considered.  
Repetitive Event
  • For events that are intended to be repeated.
  • If event is funded for the fall (and just for the fall - this would be indicated in the application), then the same event cannot be used as a new application in the spring. 
  • Maximum of $1000 [for two semesters].
  • Funding can extend over two semesters, the first being the semester the application is approved.
  • Spring applications may not be extended for fall repetitions. Meaning, if you submit an application in the spring, the events must only occur in the spring. If you submit in the fall, the events can happen both in the fall and spring.
Student Group Development Grant (SGDG)

Student Group Development Grants are intended for new graduate student groups that do not yet receive Student Services Fees funding.  

  • Maximum of $1,500 per semester. (Fall and Spring semesters only)
  • Student group must be registered with Student Unions and Activities.
  • Applications accepted only in the Fall. 
  • No maximum number of years of support from COGS. 
  • Supported applicants who are re-applying have to complete a new application and a section on how their funds were previously used (This was appended September 21st, 2017. Using the same application was confusing to reviewers).

All grants are reviewed by a volunteer committee of graduate students. Decisions are based on the motions made by the committee. No grant is subject to a decision made by a single person.


Applicants for COGS Community grants are usually student groups, and it is highly recommended that individuals applying for these grants affiliate with a student group that will sponsor the event. Student groups should designate a primary contact person for their application.

Events and activities are eligible for funding so long as they occur during the 2017-2018 academic year.  

Grant funds are intended to serve graduate students.  Although other groups (undergraduates, professional students, faculty) may also participate in the events/groups, you will be asked to disclose the percentage of graduate students in your group or expected to attend your event.

Funding will not cover purchases of equipment (cameras, computers, furniture, etc.). Proposals for house parties or research will not be considered. These funds cannot support charities and cannot be used to pay for the expenses of alcohol.  

Budget Form

A detailed budget form is required of all grant applications.  Use the template to share your complete budget. Please save as a PDF titled x500_budget (replace “x500” with your x500 number, which is the part of your email before

NOTE: You will be required to submit receipts in order to receive your funding.  Be sure to save all receipts associated with your event(s)!

Submission Deadlines and Review Dates

In order to be considered in the next review meeting, grants must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the dates listed in the table.  Applications not submitted prior to 11:59 on the designated submission deadline will not be reviewed until the review date associated with the next deadline.

Graduate Student Event Grant
FALL 2017

  Application Opens Grant Submission Deadline  Grant Review Date Application Link
 Round 1September 5th, 2017  September 17th, 2017September 21st, 2017 Round 1 Fall 2017 Graduate Student Event Grant Application
Round 2 October 1st, 2017 November 10th, 2017 November 15th, 2017Fall 2017 Graduate Student Event Grant Round 2

SPRING 2018- Cut-off date 06/30/2018. No summer review of applications.

  Grant Submission Deadline  Grant Review DateApplication Link 
 Only 1 Review RoundFebruary 16th, 2018February 28th, 2018Spring 2018 Graduate Student Event Grant 

Student Group Development Grant

Submission deadline for the SGDG is September 17th, 2017. The grant review will take place September 21st, 2017.
Application opens September 5th, 2017. To submit an application, please click on this link: 2017 Student Development Group Application

Note: There is only one review session a year for the SGDG.

Guidelines Subject to Change at Any Time

Rules of the grant program and grant applications are subject to change at any time by the COGS Executive Board.  Nothing on this website or in the grant application is intended to bind the COGS Executive Board with one exception: the non-discrimination statement immediately below.

Nondiscrimination Statement

COGS (the Council of Graduate Students) is a student organization at the University of Minnesota. COGS will provide these grants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 

A reference directory for other sources of funding can be found here.