RPIRG gives out over $45,000 in funding each year to students for events, projects, or training opportunities that relate to social or environmental justice. Any student at the University of Regina (our members) is eligible (and encouraged!) to apply for funding in one of our 4 funding categories:
- Event/Project Funding
- Conference/Training/Research Travel Funding
- Micro grants (on a rolling basis) **NEW**
- Working Group Funding
Please read ALL information below BEFORE applying for funding from RPIRG
Applications are due by midnight on one of the 5 annual funding deadlines.
July 1 – Oct 1 – Nov 1 – Feb 1 – March 1
Funding (except for micro grants) will not be granted outside of these funding rounds.
RPIRG has a total of $9000 to give out each funding round (and we carry over any leftover from previous rounds). Typically, if an application is requesting more than $2500-$3000, there is a good chance we will not be able to fully fund it, due to the volume of applications we receive. Please keep this in mind when you are deciding on how much funding to request in your application. When submitting your budget, please indicate which parts are of a higher priority, so that if we are unable to fully fund your application, we can more easily assess which parts need it the most.
Any student at the University of Regina, or paying community member, is eligible (and encouraged!) to apply for funding. Applications can also be made to retroactively fund items (for initiatives that have already happened, up to 1 year previous).
Please note: we are a non-partisan organization and as such do not provide funding to political parties or their candidates/electoral campaigns. However, non-partisan educational events being run by a political party, or events like election town halls which will include all political parties may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us to discuss.
If you have any questions about funding, please contact our Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org, 307-337-2420
1. Event/Project Funding
The Event/Project Funding provides one-time funding and support to help groups and individual students to run an event or project (or series).
- An Event is defined as a one-time activity with a particular goal. For example, hosting a workshop, rally, or speaker.
- A Project is defined as a series of activities or events coordinated to reach a particular goal with specific start and end dates. For example, organizing a campaign with multiple aspects over a number of days or weeks.
Examples of Events/Projects that have been funded in the past include (but are by no means limited to):
- Hosting a speaker
- Coordinating skills workshops
- Facilitating a lecture series
- Organizing a rally/protest or cultural event
- Planning a week-long campaign
- Portions of research projects
Please note: Fundraisers are generally not eligible for funding. If your fundraiser fits RPIRG’s funding requirements and you believe it should be eligible for funding, you can bring your rationale to the RPIRG Board of Directors and we will make a decision on a case-by-case basis.
If you would like to apply for Event/Project Funding, please fill out the form and submit it by one of the funding deadlines listed above:
Application form: Event/Project Application Form
Follow-Up Report: All Event/Project funding recipients must submit a Follow-Up Report within 30 days of their event that includes a write-up of the event/project, an updated budget, receipts to cover the funding provided, and photos of the event.
Follow-Up Report check-list: RPIRG-Project-Event-Training-Follow-Up
2. Conference/Training/Research Travel Funding
Conference/Training/Research Travel Funding provides one-time funding to help individuals and groups attend a conference, training opportunity, or travel for research that is focused on social or environmental justice issues.
One of our goals is for our funding to benefit the largest amount of students possible. Although RPIRG provides funding for conferences, we have a limit for how much an individual or group can apply for to attend a conference. This limit is in place because we recognize that although these opportunities are very valuable for those students that attend, the knowledge brought back to the larger University community is more limited that initiatives taking place on campus or in the city.
- Individuals are eligible to apply for up to $600.
- Groups (3+ people) are eligible to apply for up to $2000. If you are applying for funding for 2 people, you can also submit one group application, but the maximum funding they will be eligible for is $1200.
If you have a group attending a conference, you must apply for funding as a group. RPIRG will not accept multiple individual applications for the same conference.
If you would like to apply for Conference Funding, please fill out the form and submit it by one of the funding deadlines listed above:
Application form: Conference/Training/Research Travel Application Form
Follow-Up Report: All Conference funding recipients must submit a Follow-Up Report within 30 days of the conference that includes a write-up of the conference, an updated budget, receipts to cover the funding provided, and photos.
Follow-Up Report check-list: RPIRG-Project-Event-Training-Follow-Up
3. Micro grants **NEW**
Starting in August 2018, RPIRG will be providing a micro grant for smaller scale funding needs. The 2018-19 year will serve as a pilot project, with a $5000 budget. Due to the smaller funding amount, applicants will be able to simply email in a short application, instead of filling in the our regular grant forms. Non-RPIRG members will be eligible to apply.
HOW IT WORKS
- What is eligible: projects, events, conferences, training, or travel funding that relate to social or environmental justice
- Who is eligible: University of Regina students, or Regina community members can apply for up to $200, once per RPIRG fiscal year (May 1-April 30), by simply emailing in a short application, rather than filling in our regular grant application form. Only one application per initiative will be considered. Unlike our other funding categories, micro grant funding is open to non-RPIRG members.
- Applications will be received and considered on a rolling basis, until funding has been fully used up ($5000 for this year)
- Recipients will be required to submit receipts or invoices for items purchased
Email the RPIRG Executive Director (email@example.com) with the subject “micro grant application.” Please include:
- Name and student number (or organization/initiative if not a student)
- purpose of funding and its connection to social or environmental justice (up to one paragraph)
- If a project or event, please send us a link or other info if you’d like us to help promote your event!
- Please allow for up to 2 weeks for your application to be considered and/or approved
4. Working Group Funding
Working Group Funding provides yearly-long funding for a group that has consistent programming.
Working Groups are semi-autonomous groups of students and community members who work together on an issue, or towards a common goal. Working Groups may focus on research, events, actions, publications, and other diverse activities. They tend to have long-term goals with activities and membership that continue beyond the current academic year, and hold regular meetings or programming. Working Groups receive $500 in funding per semester for three semesters ($1,500 per year, with the opportunity to re-apply each year). Working Groups may also use other non-financial RPIRG resources, and are eligible to apply for other RPIRG funding categories.
After being approved, a Working Group will receive the following supports:
- Funding of up to $500 per semester
- Space featured on the RPIRG website
- Access to office resources, such as photocopying and the button maker
- Networking access
- The opportunity to apply for other funding categories
For more information on Working Groups, and for descriptions of our current Working Groups, please visit our website: http://rpirg.org/funding-2/working-groups/
If you would like to apply for Working Group Funding, please fill out the form and submit it by one of the funding deadlines listed above:
Application form: Working Group Application Form
Follow-Up Report: All Working Groups must submit a Follow-Up Report at the end of each semester that includes a write-up of their activities, an updated budget, receipts to cover the funding provided, and photos or other documentation.
Follow-Up Report check-list: RPIRG-Working-Group-Follow-Up