Empowerment Grant Application 2020-2021

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LMU students (group/club/organization/individuals) may apply for a grant of up to $375 for a service project or activity with the objective of making a positive impact on the LMU or Los Angeles community and/or increasing awareness of a social justice topic. Please take the time to read the following information to familiarize yourself with the application/post-event process. 

Application Review: 

Applications will be reviewed monthly and you will receive a response from the Empowerment Grant (EG) coordinator within 5 working days. Upon completion of your project and event, you are required to submit your receipts to the EG Coordinator. Please note that you must complete and submit the Empowerment Grant Post-Event Progress Report (on LEO) and any/all original receipts so that reimbursements may be processed. 

Application Period: September 1st 2020--April 1 2021

The due dates for the Empowerment Grant Application are the 1st of every month for the academic year (September 1st, October 1st...until April 1st). You may turn in your application as early as you like. Please note that you must allow some time for the coordinator to look over your application and possibly ask for clarification on your project. For example, if the event is on November 3rd, the application should be submitted in October, not the November 1st deadline (2 days notice is too short). 

Conditions and Requirements:

  • The Empowerment Grant functions on a reimbursement basis. Approved individuals, groups, or organizations will need access to funds necessary for the project prior to the event. Reimbursement funds will be available after the completion of the event. In order to be reimbursed, applicants must turn in original receipts, event/project photos, and a detailed progress report to the EF coordinator. 
  • Any significant changes to the project or budget must be approved by the EG coordinator BEFORE the event date. 
  • Approved applicants must complete the Post-Event Progress Report on the CSA portal on LEO and contact the EG coordinator to schedule a Post-Event Reflection Interview and present all original receipts 2 weeks after the event date in order to be reimbursed. 
  • All proposals must have a service or social justice focus that will benefit the LMU community and/or any community partners or organizations. 
  • All events, activities, or programs must collaborate with a community partner, 501(c)(3) determined by the Internal Revenue Service. 
  • All proposals must include project dates that occur in the same semester as the application in which the proposal is submitted. 
  • Requests cannot exceed $375 per project. 
  • Funds may not be used for personal expenses, which include but are not limited to: applicant accessory, clothing, living, medical, or school expenses and supplies not listed on the application form 
  • Funds may be used for the following: project supplies particular to the event (for example, a cleanup of a local youth center that requires paint, brushes, brooms, dustpans, etc.), publicity, food, and transportation costs. Funding outside of the above parameters must be approved by CSA. 
  • Projected expense summaries must be included with the application, detailed, and typed onto an Excel spreadsheet. For example: Home Depot--Paint $50, Brushes $30, Brooms $20, Total=$100. 
  • Requests may not duplicate Student Activity Fee Allocation Board (SAFAB)/Student Reserve Board (SRB) requests. SAFAB/SRB award notification may be requested by CSA for verification purposes. 
  • Individuals/Groups/Organizations will not be funded more than once per semester. 

If you have any questions, please contact patrick.furlong@lmu.edu.

The following application questions are in a grant proposal format. Each response must be at least one paragraph. Please take the time to answer these questions intentionally and double check for spelling/grammar errors. The Empowerment Fund Coordinator may ask you to resubmit your application if there is a need for clarification/corrections. 

Introduction

• Describe your organization/club and its mission • Briefly describe your event and how this grant will help make it successful • What will be a positive impact of your event/project? • Why are you passionate about this specific social justice topic?
Summary/Statement of Need

• Describe your community partner/non-profit organization description and mission • What are your reasons behind working with this specific group? • What is the need or issue that your project will address?
Goals and Objectives

• What are the expected outcomes/goals of your project?
Methods and Strategies

• What type of event is this? (Service, Education, Advocacy, Social Justice) • Please write a detailed description of your event/project (date, time, location, activity, etc.)
Plan of Evaluation

• How will you evaluate the impact of your event on the community?
Budget Sheet

Please upload your itemized Excel sheet here and highlight in yellow the total amount you are requesting from the Empowerment Fund:
Are you receiving other funding outside of the Empowerment Fund?
If you are already receiving outside funding, what is the exact amount you are requesting from the Empowerment Fund?
Budget Sheet Follow-up Question

Please explain briefly why these items on your budget sheet will make your event successful
Applicant/Organization Information

• What is the history of your club/organization? • Please describe your executive board/members as well as any personal information about the organization that you would like to add • If you're applying as an individual, tell us about yourself and your connection to this project and social justice issue

If you're unsure about what your grant proposal responses should entail, please refer to the following websites for more ideas: