Student Leadership & Involvement Grant

*The Student Leadership & Involvement Grant has given out all our funding for the 2023-2024 academic year and will not be accepting any more applications at this time. We look forward to being able to serve more students starting in Fall 2024.*


The College, through the Division of Student Life, makes available funds for leadership and involvement opportunities for students.

These funds are meant to assist students interested in acquiring practical experience as a foundation for making positive change at Carleton College, specifically for a group of students. However, in the instance that the grant provides an individual with a personal learning experience, that individual must focus efforts on gaining knowledge that can and will be re-transmitted for the betterment and edification of the broader Carleton Community for positive change. The Student Leadership & Involvement Grant does not typically support experiences related to academic coursework, research, comps projects, internships, OCS expenses, or experiences that take place over academic breaks (e.g., winter break, spring break, summer). The grant strives to provide partial funding in support of “outside the classroom” leadership development experiences throughout fall, winter, and spring terms.

Leadership and involvement grants may also be used to fund workshops or speakers on the Carleton campus that will provide multiple students with knowledge and experience that will be applied to a student organization or initiative.

In order to benefit a multitude of students and topical areas, awards will rarely exceed $1,000 for any one student or initiative per calendar year.

The following should be considered when applying for the Student Leadership & Involvement Grant (SLIG):

  • Chartered student organizations should first submit a budget proposal to CSA for all expenses related to their activity and/or travel. Students should have the results from CSA prior to submitting an application to the Student Leadership & Involvement Grant.
  • Only currently enrolled Carleton students who are in good standing with the college are eligible to apply for and utilize the leadership and involvement grant.
  • Students are expected to demonstrate specifically how the experience will benefit Carleton students and submit a detailed program plan for sharing information with others upon the completion of their experience.
  • To insure full consideration, grant applications must be completed and submitted online a minimum of three weeks prior to the activity for which funding is requested.
  • An individual student or student group will be awarded a grant only once during a one-year period.
  • No grants will be awarded retroactively.
  • The grant does not fund programs or events that are designed to benefit members of the general public.
  • The grant does not support experiences related to academic coursework, research, comps projects, internships, or OCS expenses.
  • The grant does not support experiences that take place during Reading Days or Finals.
  • This grant does not provide funding for items that become personal property, such as shirts, books, coffee mugs, etc.
  • This grant does not provide funding for local resources, including facility rental fees, that can be provided by the college instead.
  • This grant does not provide funding for student-coordinated programs or events hosted off-campus.
  • As a federally recognized 501(c)(3), we cannot provide funding that benefits other non-profit organizations.
  • Trips comprised primarily of seniors are typically not funded.

The online application includes:

  • General information regarding the program/activity: title of the conference/workshop/speaker, date, location, description of the activity, program schedule (if available);
  • Rationale for attending: description of the skills, experience, and knowledge that will be acquired; how and why can positive change be made at Carleton outside the classroom as a result of attending;
  • A specific and detailed itemized budget for proposed activity including all related expenses;
  • Plans for how you will fund the rest of your expenses;
  • A detailed program plan for sharing your experience with the Carleton community; and
  • Total cost for proposed program/activity that you will initiate after attending the funded activity.
  • When airfare is funded, flights will originate and terminate at MSP International Airport.

Please note:

Recipients of the grant are expected to meet with the designated staff within one week of the funded activity in order to best plan the campus initiative.

Recipients of leadership and involvement grants are responsible for applicable federal, state, and local taxes. It takes a minimum of three weeks for reimbursement. Receipts received after 60 days will not be reimbursed.

Checklist for the Grant Application Process

  1. Read all of the grant information.
  2. Submit the grant application (located below) at least three weeks prior to the proposed activity.
  3. After receiving a response to your application (this should happen within one week), receive an email from SAO to set up a meeting to discuss finances and the specific logistics of your activity.
  4. After meeting, you will receive an email letting you know if/how much money you have received from this grant as well as information on the next steps. 
  5. Have one member of your group fill out the Trip Leader form.
  6. Have all participants fill out the Student Travel Waiver form.
  7. If prepaying is necessary, work with professional staff in SAO.
  8. Go to the proposed conference or host the proposed event.
  9. After the completion of your trip, you will receive additional information about submitting a summary of your trip or program. Pictures are encouraged.
  10. If applicable, complete an expense report for reimbursement in Workday.

Past Initiative Recipients of the Student Life Leadership & Involvement Grant

  • International Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Anti-racism Conference, St. Paul, MN
  • National Association for Campus Activities Conference, Boston, MA
  • Midwest Service Leaders Conference, Milwaukee, WI
  • Midwest Real Food Conference, Chicago, IL
  • Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Farming Conference, LaCrosse, WI
  • Engineers without Borders International Conference, Louisville, KY
  • Haiti Humans Rights Week, Carleton College
  • Effective Responsible Investment Committees Workshop, NYU
  • Chicago Freedom School’s Rev Up Training, Chicago, IL
  • Creating Change: LGBT Equality Conference, Minneapolis, MN
  • Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Conference, New York City
  • Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park, New York City
  • UN Climate Change Negotiations, Durban, South Africa