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Grants for Student Organizations

The Drexel University Alumni Association evaluates funding requests and provides financial support for activities hosted by recognized student organizations that increase the interaction between students and alumni, enhance the student experience, promote tradition, support academic excellence, reconnect alumni to the university, create a greater awareness of the Alumni Association, and promote the Association as a relevant and integral part of the university community.

The Grants Program Committee of the Drexel University Alumni Association Board of Governors reviews all funding requests.

Requests must be submitted in writing according to the quarterly deadlines posted and at least two (2) months in advance of the event or program. Exceptions may be made at the Committee's discretion provided that the request details the organization's plan to adequately market and advertise the event or program, and based on funding availability.

Organizations approved for grant funding must complete a Final Project Report within two (2) weeks after the conclusion of the program.  Any future funding for the applicant group will be contingent upon accurate completion and timely submission of the report to the Alumni Association.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 215.895.2586 or alumni@drexel.edu.

Step 1: Review the Grants Program Policy and Requirements [DOCX]

Step 2: Submit a Grants Program Funding Request Form [DOCX]

Requirements of the funding request include:

  • Overview of proposed program to include program goals and objectives, expected attendance and composition of intended audience
  • Outline of proposed publicity plan
  • Summary of projected program revenues and expenses
  • Suggested partnership opportunities to promote Alumni Association programs and services
  • At least one (1) letter of support from the organization’s faculty/staff advisor.

In addition, the request must include a narrative that demonstrates how the program will support one or more of the strategic initiatives of the Alumni Association, which include: increasing the interaction between students and alumni; enhancing the student experience; promoting tradition; supporting academic excellence; reconnecting alumni to the university; creating a greater awareness of the Alumni Association; and promoting the Alumni Association as a relevant and integral part of the university community.

Applicants may be required to interview with the Grants Program Committee, and all funding requests must be aligned with Drexel University policies, including those of Student Life and the Office of Campus Activities, and all programs supported by the Grants Program must adhere to all university policies on student programming and events.

Programs involving alcohol will not be funded, nor will funding be provided for travel, speaker fees or honoraria for Drexel alumni. Grants will also not be awarded for events and programs that have already been held.

The Grants Program does not provide fundraising revenue. Organizations may apply for grants to support event expenses associated with a fundraiser (i.e. t-shirts and promotional materials), however the event must be aligned with the Grants Program's strategic initiatives and policies.

Step 3: Promote and Host Your Event or Program.

If your request is awarded an Alumni Association grant, you can work with the Office of Alumni Relations to help promote your event to alumni or for additional event planning advising.

Please note that the Drexel University Alumni Association must be acknowledged as a sponsor on all event promotions and marketing for programs receiving grant funding. An Alumni Association logo can be requested from the Office of Alumni Relations.

Step 4: Complete a Final Program Report [DOCX]

Organizations approved for grant funding must complete a Final Program Report within two (2) weeks after the conclusion of the program. Any future funding for the applicant group will be contingent upon accurate completion and timely submission of the report to the Alumni Association.