Student Development Grant

 

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Purpose

Student Development Grants provide funding to individual Quest students with the intention of promoting community engagement, student initiatives, activism/advocacy events, and skills training within. Grants of up to $500 for individuals are allocated in two categories: Certifications Grants and Conference Grants.

Terms & Condtions

SDGs will be awarded on the condition that the student or group gives back to the greater student community in a way that uses the skills or experience acquired through the funding received. These returns will henceforth be referred to as deliverables. The QUSA will allocate $2000 per year towards the Student Development Grant program, however, a single SDG will not exceed $300. In addition, no individual student may receive more than $300 in a single academic year, this includes the money a student receives through both individual and group application. All students are eligible to receive a SDG with the exception of serving QUSA ministers who will be excluded from the program for the purpose of preventing conflict of interest.

Process

Before starting your application, it is strongly recommended that you get in touch with the most relevant QUSA minister to have a conversation about the development opportunity that you are interested in and how you think it would fill a gap at Quest. Fill out and submit the grant application 4 weeks in advance of when the development opportunity occurs and you will be notified if your application has been approved or rejected at least 2 weeks before the development opportunity. If your grant application is accepted, you will receive a form that will instruct you regarding the procedure for reimbursement and written evaluation. If your grant application is rejected, you will be notified. Please, direct questions to qusa@questu.ca. Scroll down to submit your application.

1. Find Your Purpose

Do you see a gap in programming at Quest? Do you want to obtain a teachable certification for the benefit of yourself and the community? The SDG can help you fill the gap!

2. Program Info

Provide detailed information about the goals and agenda of the program you are applying for.

3. Prepare Statements

You’ll need to make two 500-word statements.

  1. Describe the initiative or project and its significance in relation to your other extracurriculars and academic interests.
  2. Describe how you plan to relate the knowledge or experience that you acquire through the program with the greater local or global community in the future. Please state briefly whether you have talked to the relevant QUSA minister.

4. Financial Support & Accommodation

You'll need the start and end dates of the program, the location, and a list of all expenses you expect to incur (including travel expenses and accomodation) for the duration of the program. Please note that we require a very specific and detailed outline of the costs associated. If we do not receive the adequate information your application will be denied.

5. Applying for the SDG

With all your information, fill out the application at questsrc.org> services >grants> SDG. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Application is at the bottom of this page.

6. Wait

The SDG committee will review your application. All applicants will be notified of their status within 2 weeks of submission. Application will be evaluated on the following criteria: 

  1. Demonstrated forethought and planning
  2. Feasibility of experience and deliverables
  3. Relevance to the student body
  4. Efficacy of the money spent. ie.: how much value will the money spent bring back to the student body AND will this value actually be achieved and returned.

  5. Demonstrated commitment to proposed project,course or experience. 
  6. Thoroughness of application including the applicant’s ability to meet application deadlines and follow application guidelines

7. Develop & Deliver

Successful applications will be assigned an QUSA minister as a point person, who will personally work with the recipient to solidify a set of deliverables and timeline for completion. QUSA will then draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will need to be signed before funding can be released. After the contract has been signed and funding released the appointed minister will remain available to answer questions that may arise and attempt to aid the recipient in following through on the agreed up deliverables.