At the beginning of the fall semester, the Student Government Association held an organizational grant workshop to discuss the changes that have been made to the grant application process. Roughly 45 leaders of recognized Southeastern Louisiana University organizations attended the workshop.
Grace Gilbreath, the appropriations committee chair, said that the changes were made to the application process due to the recent budget cuts the university has faced. Gilbreath said that the biggest change was the amount of money which organizations can apply for.
“The organizational grants are available for amounts up to $500 and any amount over $250 must be matched dollar for dollar by the organization,” she said.
In the past, grants were available for amounts up $1,500.
Gilbreath said another change in the application process was the purpose of the grants organizations apply for.
“Grants must be used for educational events that benefit a large population of the student body,” Gilbreath said.
Each semester the SGA provides Southestern’s organizations the opportunity to apply for grants. These grants are given to help these organizations fund events that will enhance the image of the university and reach as many students as possible.
Even with all the changes, the grants are still worth getting. Micah Perere, a representative of Lions for the Lamb, said, “Even though the process is more difficult this semester and the amounts are lower, it is still worth it to apply because it’s still a chance at free money.”
The SGA hopes that these grants can give organizations motivation to plan and provide events that will positively promote Southeastern and provide students with positive things to be a part of.