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Strategic Initiative Grant (SIG) Program


The Strategic Initiatives Grant (SIG) program is designed to promote the funding of new innovative programs that are timely in nature and meet the fast paced changes on our university campus. Additionally, these funds promote collaborations within Student Affairs units as well as with academic units across campus. Priority will be given to initiatives that meet the strategic goals of the Division of Student Affairs. Applications for the 2017-18 academic year are due June 27, 2017 at 4 pm.


Any Student Affairs unit on the Urbana-Champaign campus may apply for these funds. The unit must have at least one other active co-sponsor within Students Affairs. Additional co-sponsors may be from any other unit affiliated with the university. A total of $15,000 will be available for the 2017-18 academic year. Multi-year applications will be considered provided applicants can stipulate how the program will be institutionalized.

Sponsorship Criteria

Innovative new programs that target any campus sub-population are encouraged. However, those programs that ultimately improve students’ Illinois experience are encouraged.

The proposed event/program must meet one of the strategic goals of the Division of Student Affairs listed below. Proposals are encouraged to incorporate technology use; accessible materials; innovations that have the potential to become best practices; and the creation of programs that have the potential to become permanent. In addition, funds from the Verdell-Frazier-Young grant will be disbursed through the SIG program application. The Verdell-Frazier-Young grant will make available an additional $5,000 specifically for the improvement of the education of undergraduate women and/or the generation of new knowledge about the education of undergraduate women.

Applicants to either program will be required to document the extent of the involvement of co-sponsors. Unit heads or their designees will be contacted to verify that the proposal if funded will be carried out. A summary and assessment report will be required within thirty days of the event prior to the award funds being released. An assessment template will be provided for this purpose. Proposed events must not have occurred on campus within the past two years. Applicants must adhere to all university policies and procedures.


  • All events must meet university policies which supersede SIG guidelines.
  • Strictly social events will not be supported.
  • Funds cannot be used for wages or salaries of any type.
  • Funds cannot be used for capital projects.
  • Funds cannot be used for purchase of permanent office equipment.
  • Political endorsements not allowed.
  • Expenses for fundraisers and alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
  • Gifts for participants are not allowed; however, limited items that will be given to participants will be considered in the supplies budget category provided they are integral to the project.
  • Travel will only be supported if it is integral to the project.
  • Multi-year applications will be considered provided applicants can stipulate how the program will be institutionalized. An award for the first year does not guarantee that subsequent years will be supported. An application must be submitted each year that support is required.

Student Affairs Strategic Goals

  1. Foster collaboration, discovery, and innovation
    • Establish intentional collaborations internally and externally that are supported by incentives and recognition
    • Support and foster co-curricular experiences with innovative academic partnerships
    • Create and enhance evidence-based practices through strategic assessment initiatives
  2. Provide transformative learning experiences
    • Expand and enhance transformative learning experiences to assure a positive contribution to student learning and development and lifelong success
    • Create and intensify systemic, impactful, and inter-relational approaches to diversity, inclusion, and wellness education for all students, especially through peer-to-peer efforts
    • Health all student develop global awareness and cultural competency through intentional integrative activities
    • Evaluate and enhance programming and services that support international students and encourage domestic-international student interaction
    • Re-envision cross disciplinary learning experiences through expanded student internships, employment, and leadership opportunities
  3. Make a significant and visible societal and community impact
    • Develop our students to be future leaders with a strong sense of civic responsibility, ethical reasoning, and social justice
    • Demonstrate the impact of Student Affairs on the educational experience through assessment and strategic communications
    • Enhance professional development and staff retention efforts, with particular focus on supporting leadership roles in professional associations and campus committees
  4. Steward current resources and generate additional resource for strategic investment
    • Enhance the sustainability efforts of our units and Student Affairs as a whole
    • Inventory and evaluate existing facilities and create long-term strategic facilities plans to address the needs of students and staff for flexible, responsive spaces
    • Explore and support technological opportunities to advance Student Affairs initiatives
    • Maintain the affordability of an Illinois education through exploring additional revenues, especially in robust advancement and fundraising efforts to meet Student Affairs goals

Application and Deadline

Please complete the application form (doc) for new requests or the renewal form (doc) for recurring requests and e-mail to blarosa@illinois.edu by 4 pm on June 27, 2017. Applicants will be notified of status within three weeks of deadline.

Contact Information

Questions can be directed to Dr. Belinda De La Rosa, Co-Chair of the Program Coordinating Council at blarosa@illinois.edu or by phone at (217) 333-0050.