Rutgers University Alumni Association Grant Program

Program Description

The grant program provides RUAA chartered organizations with financial assistance to develop new initiatives that will serve alumni and friends by offering meaningful ways for them to connect with each other and deepen their Rutgers bond.

Funding Opportunities

There are two grant cycles every year (winter and summer), and eligible groups may submit applications during both. The maximum award available is $1,500 per grant cycle per chartered group.

Grant Recipients

View a list of past grant recipients and projects and learn about the projects being supported.

NOTE: While in-person events are currently permitted upon approval, we strongly encourage virtual programs. In-person programs are to have a remote back-up plan.

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Application Submission and Deadline

Grant applications must be submitted by the following closing dates in order to be considered for the corresponding grant cycle.

Groups may request funds for multiple programs in one grant cycle, noting that a maximum of $1,500 will be awarded for all projects combined. Grants will not be awarded to reimburse for past events.

Current/Upcoming Grant Cycle

  • February 1, 2022–Application deadline
  • March 11, 2022–Grant disbursements

Core Areas of Focus

Grant funds are available for new programs/initiatives that address these priority areas:

  1. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  2. Fostering Philanthropy (in partnership with Rutgers University Foundation)
  3. Young Alumni and Student Engagement
  4. Career/Professional Development
  5. Lifelong Learning
  6. Networking (deliberate and proactive)

Project Budget

A detailed budget with estimated expenses is required with your group’s application. Grant funds may not be used for scholarships.

Download budget template.

Post-Project Impact Summary

This summary must be submitted within 30 days of project completion. Future grant requests will be denied if this summary is not submitted and/or previous grant funding has not been used.

View and submit summary.

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Eligible Applicants

To receive grant funding, chartered organizations must meet the following requirements:

  • Be in good standing as defined by the chartering standards and expectations set forth by the RUAA
  • Maintain a bank account insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • Submit IRS Form W-9 identifying the chartered organization’s Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Propose a program that advances at least one of the six core areas of focus noted above
  • Use the RUAA’s communication tools including, but not limited to email and registration system, to promote the program and record alumni engagement for which funds are granted
  • Follow RUAA in-person events policy, when applicable, and have a virtual back-up plan for in-person programs.
  • Any group with unused funds from a previously awarded grant must clearly document a plan for use of those funds to be eligible for any additional support

Evaluation Criteria

Projects will be evaluated for the following:

  • Alignment to at least one of the six core areas of focus noted above
  • Anticipated success in enhancing alumni engagement, particularly in engaging new alumni/volunteers
  • A clear project description that demonstrates a high-quality opportunity for alumni to deepen connection, community, and pride
  • A budget that clearly outlines how RUAA funds will be used for the intended project, and what other funds will support final project execution
  • A clear strategy for alumni engagement and follow-up
  • A plan to measure success and the impact of the project on the organization’s goals

Review and Award Process

  • Awards will be determined by a review committee comprising volunteer leaders and RUAA staff partners.
  • Awards will be made at the discretion of the review committee and reported to the RUAA Board of Directors.
  • If your application is approved, you will receive a formal letter via email which must be signed and returned before the funds can be remitted.

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Grant applications submitted after the deadlines shown above will be considered in the next grant cycle.