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Alumni Epsilon Literacy Grant

Sigma Tau Delta's Alumni Epsilon Literacy Grants are designed to encourage Alumni Epsilon members to be innovative in developing projects that further the goals of the Society. The Society will award a limited number of grants, for no more than $500 each, to support literacy initiatives. Funds may be requested for separate projects or for parts of larger projects, and Alumni Epsilon members should explore ways to use Alumni Epsilon Literacy Grants in combination with funds secured from other sources. Funds may be requested for on-going projects, but there is no guarantee that projects funded during one grant period will receive funding in future grant periods.

Eligibility

Appropriate projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Service projects connected to the discipline (writing competitions for local elementary or secondary schools, tutoring projects, writing projects, literacy programs, library donations, etc.);
  • Projects aimed at broadening appreciation of language and literature (workshops such as elementary/secondary students, senior citizens, or disadvantaged groups; poetry posters or projects; radio/television/video productions; etc.);
  • Hard costs associated with research projects such as photocopying, telephone, postage, print materials, or travel. Grant funds may not be used for salaries or stipends;
  • Activities aimed at increasing Alumni Epsilon membership or visibility (building a database, conducting career days, providing leadership training, etc.);
  • For additional ideas, see the many examples of projects listed under Service on the Sigma Tau Delta website.

Grants may not be used to fund travel to conventions or conferences, or awards. Grants may not be used to pay academic fees for Alumni Epsilon members, or to provide scholarships, awards, prizes, or salaries to Alumni Epsilon members or to members of the Board. If you have questions regarding project eligibility, please contact the chair of the Alumni/International Committee or your Alumni Epsilon Student Representative.

Any active member of Alumni Epsilon is eligible to apply for an Alumni Epsilon Grant. An Alumni Epsilon member should prepare the project grant application and should serve as the project director.

How to Apply

Submit the application by email. By emailing the application, the Alumni Epsilon member is attesting to the accuracy of the materials.

  1. Address the email to sigmatdapply@niu.edu 
  2. In the subject line, type ALUMNI EPSILON LITERACY GRANT
  3. ATTACH the following three (3) items in Word documents (doc or docx) or in PDF, titled with Project first followed by your last name and then each of the bolded headings below:
    Examples: Project Smith narrative.doc; Project Smith budget.doc; Project Smith reference.doc
  1. Applicant Information and Narrative 

a. List the following first, preceding the narrative:

  • Title of project
  • Total dollar amount requested
  • Name and contact information of individual who will serve as project director (mail and email addresses, phone numbers)
  • Name and contact information of designated contact person (mail, email, phone numbers)

b. Then include a 25-word abstract.

c. Follow with a written narrative, not to exceed 300 words, describing the project, including

  • Name, date, and place of the project
  • Explanation if this is a new project, part of an on-going project, or part of a larger project
  • Explanation of importance of project and its connection to the goals of the Society
  • Detail on the various stages in the concept, planning, preparation, and carrying out of the project to convey understanding of the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the project
  • Target audience
  • Publicity plan
  • Plans for evaluation of the project
  1. Project Budget, including
  • Specific dollar amounts necessary, but for no more than $500
  • Precise indication of how funds will be spent, and how amounts were calculated
  • Any additional funds available and/or plans to request additional funds from other sources
  1. Reference letters. If project involves work or cooperation with other on-campus groups or with off-campus groups, include a letter from each group indicating support for the project as you have outlined it.

Criteria of Selection

In making awards, the Alumni Epsilon Committee will consider criteria such as the following:

  • the significance and contribution of the project to the goals of the Society
  • the proposal's concept, definition, organization
  • careful preparation of an appropriate budget
  • reference letters

Deadline and Dates

Applications must be complete and received by November 4, 2013. No late submissions will be accepted. Award winners are usually selected before the end of December, with one-half of the awarded funds available immediately; the other half when a final project report is filed. The final project report (narrative of no more than 250 words) will be due by May 1, 2014. Failure to submit the final project report will jeopardize the chance of winning future grants. Award winners will be recognized at the annual convention in March 2014.