Rutgers University Alumni Association Grant Program

Program Description

The grant program provides RUAA chartered organizations with financial assistance to develop new initiatives or expand current programs that will increase alumni engagement and serve as best practice models for the RUAA.

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.

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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.

Each application must include one project. Groups may submit multiple applications if they are looking to fund multiple projects in one grant cycle (a maximum of $1,500 will be awarded for all projects combined). Note: Grants will not be awarded to reimburse for past events.

Winter Grant Cycle

  • December 1–Application deadline
  • January 30–Grant disbursements

Summer Grant Cycle

  • June 1–Application deadline
  • July 30–Grant disbursements

Core Areas of Focus

Grant funds are available for initiatives and programming aligned with the RUAA Strategic Plan and these core areas:

  • Partnerships with the Rutgers University community
  • Student Engagement
  • Career/Professional Development
  • Community Service
  • Philanthropy in partnership with the Rutgers University Foundation
  • Social Engagement

Project Budget

A detailed budget is required with your group’s application. The RUAA has provided a template and recommends using this document or similar. Please note, only estimated values are required with the application (actual amounts are requested after project completion) and 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 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)
  • Use the RUAA’s communication tools including, but not limited to, the events calendar, broadcast email, and registration system, to promote the program for which funds are granted
  • Include a statement referencing the use of grant monies received from the RUAA in communications about the program/event, for example, “This program made possible through financial support received from the Rutgers University Alumni Association”

Evaluation Criteria

Projects will be evaluated for the following:

  • Alignment to any of the core areas of focus, and the RUAA strategic plan
  • Anticipated success in enhancing alumni engagement, particularly a plan to engage new alumni/volunteers
  • A project description that clearly defines how the funding will be utilized
  • A detailed budget for the intended project
  • A clear strategy for alumni engagement and follow-up
  • A plan to measure success and the impact the project will have on the organization’s goals and the RUAA’s mission

Review and Award Process

  • Awards will be determined by a review committee comprised of 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.