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Funding Opportunities for Projects, Conference Attendance, Research & Internships

 Table of Contents:

  1. Student Government Association
    1. Supplemental
    2. Co-Sponsorships
    3. Out-of-Classroom Fund
    4. Speaker's Bureau
    5. JSS Activism
    6. Conference Funding
  2. Student Opportunity Funds
  3. Dean of Student Affairs Co-Sponsorship
  4. Sustainability Project & Conference Fund
  5. SEE Beyond Award
  6. Environmental Studies Internship Award
  7. Collaborative Research

Student Government Association Funding Opportunities

SGA offers a few opportunities to students looking for funding as related to their club activities, conference, events, etc. All applications are available near the SGA Programming Office. The SGA Financial Coordinator is available to assist you in the application process as necessary. The items listed below are in addition to the annual budgets given to registered clubs. Those interested in the budgeting process for Clubs should visiting the Club Budgeting page.



A supplemental refers to the request for additional funding for a Club's initiative or event. All registered clubs, whether the received annual funding or not, may request a supplemental. Applications are available outside the SGA Programming Office and are considered on a rolling basis through out the academic year. Requests for a supplemental generally take 2 weeks. The B&F Committee will meet with the requesting club/organization/Senator and make a recommendation to the Senate, which votes on final approval.

The B&F Committee may vote on a supplemental of $1000.00 and below without the consent of senate. Any monetary value above $1000.00 shall need the approval of Senate. It is at the discretion of the B&F Committee to bring a supplemental under $1000.00 to Senate.

A new club chartered at a point in the year that does not allow the club to participate in the spring budgeting process may obtain an operating budget by applying for a supplemental. Clubs chartered during the first semester may apply for up to $3,000.00 and clubs chartered during the second semester may apply for up to $1,500.00.

Clubs/Committees may apply for conference grants through the supplemental process at any time during the year.



SGA encourages co-sponsorship among clubs/committees and departments as a means of financing activities. There are 3 types of co-sponsorship forms: Club to Club, Club to Department, and Department to Club. All parties involved in the co-sponsorship must sign the Co- Sponsorship Agreement before funds will be transferred.


     Out-of-Classroom Discussion Fund:

Created to expand your student-faculty relationship with coffee, lunch, musical performances, theatre tickets, sports events and more. Get to know your Professors outside the classroom! 

Submission must be completed ONE (1) week prior to scheduled meeting time, and student may receive up to $10 per person; money will be reimbursed after submitting the receipt from the event. Alcohol not covered.

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     Speaker's Bureau:

Skidmore College Student Speakers’ Bureau provides guidance to student clubs and organizations in the planning, organizing, and publicizing of lectures. The Student Speakers’ Bureau provides funds to student clubs and organizations for the purpose of bringing speakers to Skidmore. We support interesting, educational, diverse, and thoughtful speakers of all kinds as proposed by other student groups. A small portion of the budget is also reserved for the Speakers’ Bureau to bring a special keynote speaker to campus in the fall.

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     JSS Activism Fund:

The JSS Activism Fund was created in honor of Skidmore’s sixth President, Jamienne S. Studley, to enable students to participate in political and social activism, or causes to expand their sense of community involvement, service, and awareness. The Civic Engagement Fund was created to provide financial support for worthwhile student civic engagement projects that actively pursue the alleviation of public concerns and the improvement of public life in a community. The JSS Activism and Civic Engagement Fund is meant to achieve the goals of both individual funds. The Fund is meant for all students. Fund requests are not guaranteed. Every application will be fully considered, but the criteria within the document “Criteria for the JSS Activism and Civic Engagement Fund” will guide Senate in granting funds.


     SGA Conference Grants:

Conference grants are meant for SGA clubs/committees. Conference grant requests are not guaranteed, even if the conference theme is the central mission of the club/committee. Every application will be fully considered, but the criteria within the document “Criteria for Conference Grants” will guide the B&F Committee in recommending their requests to Senate.


Student Opportunity Funds

The Student Opportunity Funds, administered by the Dean of Student Affairs, are provided by generous friends and alumni of the College and by the President of the College.  The funds offer grants in support of worthwhile student co-curricular and leadership initiatives.  Grants may be used to defray the costs of research materials and supplies, for travel to a site critical to the project's completion, for attending a conference (especially when the student will make a presentation at the conference), for preparing project results for publication or display, etc.  The amount of the award, usually between $200 and $250, is always depends in part on the total dollars available for each semester.

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Dean of Student Affairs Co-Sponsorship of Student-Initiated Events

The Dean of Student Affairs, and the various Departments within the Division, can help support student events if a proposal is submitted to the relevant Department. The proposal should include a financial plan and explanation of the event. Acceptable contributions are generally $50 per office/department per event.

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Sustainability Project & Conference Fund

The Sustainable Skidmore Office offers funding for students, faculty, and staff in order to advance sustainability on campus. This can cover project ideas or attendance at conferences that will help to advance sustainability at Skidmore. Sustainability encompasses three spheres of success: social equity, economic success, and environmental responsibility. This is commonly referred to as the TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE.  The Sustainability Fund supports projects from students, staff, or faculty that address the three spheres of sustainability as well as provides funding to attend conferences that can inform and facilitate campus community learning in sustainability. The Sustainability Fund will accept proposals on a rolling basis and can provide up to $2500 for each proposal. Additional funding may be available for exceptional initiatives.

For more information or to apply contact Levi Rogers at


SEE Beyond Award

SEE-Beyond Awards invite students to explore new techniques, technologies, or modes of inquiry or expression; to apply their academic-year learning to real-world challenges; and to clarify the interrelationship between their educational and post-baccalaureate goals. Awards may be used to support field or laboratory research, internships, artistic residencies, workshops, apprenticeships, or productions.

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Environmental Studies Internship Award

The Environmental Studies Summer Internship Awards are offered on a competitive basis to support Skidmore students who wish to undertake summer internships in fields related to Environmental Studies. The internship experience should be grounded in the student’s academic and research interests in Environmental Studies and significantly enhance and expand upon these interests and the student’s personal learning goals. Internships engage the student in environmental work on the local, national, or international level. Summer grants are awarded in an amount up to $4000. Recipients will receive a stipend for an 8 to 10 week internship of a minimum of 260 hours.

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Collaborative Research

Various Academic Departments on campus offer collaborative research opportunities for students who wish to stay on campus over the summer to work on projects with faculty. Please check with your Department Chair or Program Director in order to understand what opportunities might exist.