Community Building Grants

The Graduate School (TGS) Community Building Grant Program is designed to:

  • Bring people together in a social context.
  • Integrate academic and social aspects of graduate life.
  • Improve communications and outreach.
  • Encourage creative expression through the arts.
  • Collaborate with other community building groups.

TGS encourages projects with a broad scope, but we also consider proposals that focus on specific constituencies as long as they cut across existing departmental and programmatic lines.

TGS funds as many proposals as possible, no matter how big or small. We will normally make up to $3,000 available for such initiatives, but two-year initiatives may request up to $5,000. We welcome proposals from independent groups of students or sponsored associations.

Examples of past funded initiatives included:

  • NU Energy Technology Group
  • Northwestern Graduate Parent Association (NU Mamas) - GSA
  • SPG Improv: Northwestern University's Graduate Student Improv Group
  • Engineering and Science Art Fair (MGLC)
  • Chinese Spring Festival (NU-CSSA)

Thinking about applying? See Proposal Guidelines for more information or view a list of past Community Building Grant Recipients

Grant recipients are expected to compose a Year-End Report on Progress.

This program is closely modeled after MIT's Graduate Student Life Grants process. More information on this program can be found on their Graduate Student Life Grants webpage.