Grants at Harvard

The Common Grant Application allows student organizations to apply to one or more of the granting bodies at Harvard University without having to file separate grant requests.

Student organizations can use the Common Grant Application to apply for funding from the following granting bodies:

Student organization leaders should read the specific description of each grant to determine eligibility before applying. Each grant has its own deadlines and may require supplemental application materials.

Dean of Harvard College’s Student Life Fund

This special fund is jointly administered by the College Dean's Office and the Office of Student Life for the purposes of supporting student life. The fund has been used to support domestic travel for individual students and student organizations. For the 2016-2017 academic year, $50,000 is available to support domestic travel. A committee of student leaders, selected through a process administered by the UC, administers the travel grants in partnership with College administrators according to the grant criteria.

Criteria for the Dean's Student Life Travel Fund
Common Grant Application
Travel Plan Form - Required Supplement to Common Grant Application

Guidelines for Receiving Grants

To receive grant funds from Harvard sources, organizations must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN).  Organizations are eligible to receive checks issued prior to expenditures (if allowed by the granting organization). Checks should be made payable to the student organization.  Any expenditure not documented with a receipt must be returned to the awarding office.

Student Organizations without an EIN (as well as individual students and informal organizations of students) may be reimbursed for expenses incurred. The University has strict requirements for reimbursements and the office awarding the grant is responsible for guiding students through the process.

Grant Writing Tips

Successful grant writing requires preparation. Allow adequate time to prepare requests successfully secure support.

  • Align project descriptions with grant criteria
  • Deadlines matter, so submit the application before the deadline
  • Make sure that all financial information is accurate and up-to-date
  • Check to make sure all information is complete (dates, contact information, etc.)
  • Keep a copy of the submitted application for the organization’s files (make sure it can be passed down to future officers)