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Project Grants

Sigma Tau Delta's Project Grants are designed to encourage local chapters to be innovative in developing projects that further the goals of the Society. The Society will award a limited number of grants, for no more than $500 each, to support local chapter activities. Funds may be requested for separate projects or for parts of larger projects, and chapters should explore ways to use Project Grants in combination with funds secured from other sources. Funds may be requested for ongoing projects, but there is no guarantee that projects funded during one grant period will receive funding in future grant periods. Winning chapters may also receive up to $350 in travel assistance for sending at least one student representative to the annual convention to participate in a workshop and/or roundtable. Winning chapters are encouraged to share a chapter exhibit at the convention.

Eligibility

Appropriate projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Service projects connected to the discipline (writing competitions for local elementary or secondary schools, tutoring projects, writing projects, literacy programs, library donations, etc.).
  • Projects aimed at broadening appreciation of language and literature (workshops for non-campus groups such as elementary/secondary students, senior citizens, or disadvantaged groups; poetry posters or projects; radio/television/video productions; etc.).
  • Hard costs associated with research projects such as photocopying, telephone, postage, print materials, or travel; such projects should include participation by at least two chapter members and must be connected to the discipline. Grant funds may not be used for salaries or stipends.
  • Activities aimed at increasing chapter membership or visibility (building a database, conducting career days, preparing orientation materials, providing leadership training, establishing a display cabinet, etc.).
  • For additional ideas, see the many examples of projects listed under Community Service on the Sigma Tau Delta website.

Grants may not be used to fund regional conferences, chapter literary journals, chapter websites, travel to conventions or conferences, or awards to Sponsors. Grants may not be used to pay academic fees for chapter members, or to provide scholarships, awards, prizes, or salaries to chapter members, to their Sponsors, or to members of the Board. If you have questions regarding project eligibility, please contact the chair of the Project Grants Committee, your Regent, or your Regional Student Representative.

Any active chapter is eligible to apply for a Project Grant, but no chapter may receive a Project Grant in consecutive years. Projects must have the endorsement of the Chapter Sponsor and must be organized and conducted by student members. Student members should prepare the Project Grant application and should serve as the project director. Active chapters are also eligible to apply for a Service Award and/or an Outstanding Chapter Award and may use relevant information assembled for the Project Grant application when applying for a Service Award and/or an Outstanding Chapter Award. Specific application requirements are posted with each award description.

How to Apply

Submit the application by email from a Chapter Sponsor's school email address. By emailing the application, the Chapter Sponsor is attesting to the accuracy of the materials.

  1. Address the email to  
  2. In the subject line, type PROJECT GRANTS
  3. ATTACH the following three (3) items in Word documents (doc or docx) or in PDF, titled with Project first followed by the abbreviated name of your school and then each of the bolded headings below:
    Examples: Project MYU narrative.doc; Project MYU budget.doc; Project MYU reference.doc
  1. Applicant Information and Narrative 

a. List the following first, preceding the narrative:

  • Title of project
  • Total dollar amount requested
  • Chapter and school that undertook the project with school address
  • Name and contact information of student who will serve as project director (mail and email addresses, phone numbers)
  • Name and contact information of designated contact person (mail, email, phone numbers)
  • Name and contact information for the Chapter Sponsor(s) (mail, email, phone numbers)

b. Then include a 25-word abstract.

c. Follow with a written narrative, not to exceed 300 words, describing the project, including

  • Name, date, and place of the project
  • Explanation if this is a new project, part of an ongoing project, or part of a larger project
  • Explanation of importance of project and its connection to the goals of the Society
  • Detail on the various stages in the concept, planning, preparation, and carrying out of the project to convey understanding of the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the project
  • Target audience
  • Publicity plan
  • Plans for evaluation of the project
  1. Project Budget, including
  • Specific dollar amounts necessary, but for no more than $500
  • Precise indication of how funds will be spent, and how amounts were calculated
  • Any additional funds available and/or plans to request additional funds from other sources
  1. Reference letters. If project involves work or cooperation with other on-campus groups or with off-campus groups, include a letter from each group indicating support for the project as you have outlined it.

Criteria of Selection

In making awards, the Project Grants Committee will consider criteria such as the following:

  • the significance and contribution of the project to the goals of the Society
  • the proposal's concept, definition, organization
  • careful preparation of an appropriate budget
  • reference letters

Deadline and Dates

Applications must be complete and received by October 1, 2014. No late submissions will be accepted. Award winners will be notified by November 15, with one-half of the awarded funds available immediately; the other half when a final project report is filed.

The final project report will be due by May 1, 2015. To provide additional recognition for the project, the final report should be submitted as a narrative (300-800 words) or a video (2-3 minutes) suitable for posting on the Society's blog. Questions about your final report should be directed to sigmatdapply@niu.edu. Failure to submit the final project report will jeopardize a chapter's chance of winning future grants. Award winners will be recognized at the annual convention in March 2015.