Money

The SGA is the single biggest source of funding for student organizations and initiatives at Grinnell College. The Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer work to make sure that SGA money is responsibly spent and is fairly accessible to all students organizations that may need it.  Please see information on funding options below. You can also contact the SGA Treasurer at [sgamoney] and the Assistant Treasurer at [sga2] with any comments, questions, or if you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations. Also, all are welcome to come to our office hours from 11 to 12 PM Monday through Friday in JRC 222.

How do I get funding?

Click here to fill out a funding request through GrinnellShare.

Before you begin the process, check out our document on “what to know before coming to an SGA committee meeting“. You will also need to submit an Itemized Budget that is included within the Budget Request Page.

To get funding for your project, you will present a budget to one of the three budgetary committees:

  • Student Programming & Services Committee
    • Funding for a specific student group or student group event. You must be a registered student group to be funded by SPC. All student groups must be registered via Grinnellshare. The services coordinator will send you an application for you to register your student group. You must then email [services] your application and the services coordinator will give you a Grinnellshare account.  If you have any questions about the application and Grinnellshare, please contact  Services Coordinator Yesenia Ayala at [services].
    • Funding for community service projects
    • Meets on Mondays at 8PM in JRC 226 (Services 8:00-8:30; SPC 8:30-9:00)
  • All-Campus Events (ACE) Committee
    • Funding for events that are open to all of campus
    • Meets Sundays at 7PM in JRC 225
  • Green Fund Committee
    • Funding for sustainable pilot projects on Grinnell’s campus.
    • Committee membership requires an application at the beginning of each semester, though anyone can attend without voting.
    • If you have any questions or ideas for a project, feel free to email [greenfund].
    • Meets Thursdays from 12-1 in JRC 202

You may email the budget request form to the committee heads or turn it into our mailbox (located in the SGA offices) – budget request forms are due the Saturday prior to the committee meeting. If you’re unsure which committee your budget should go to, shoot [sgamoney] and [sga2] an email and we’ll let you know.

Once a committee approves your budget, you may access those funds with:

  • A Voucher: If you would prefer to not use your own money, vouchers are available to use at McNally’s, Fareway, Chuong Garden, and Relish. Fill out a voucher request form with 1) the purpose of your spending, 2) the amount you would like to spend, and 3) the day you would like to go to the store. Place the form in the Treasurer Box or email it to [sgamoney] and [sga2]. Then, they will place the voucher in their mailbox in JRC 222 for you to pick up at your convenience. Once you make your purchases, return the voucher with the receipt to their mailbox.
  • The SGA Credit Card: If your purchases are online, fill out the Credit Card Use Request: Online Purchase form (DOCX*) and email it to the Treasurers. If your purchases are in person, fill out the Credit Card Use Request: In-person Purchase form (DOCX*) and drop it off in the Treasurer’s Box or email it to them.
  • Your Own Money:: If you prefer using your own money, you can make your purchase and then hand in the receipt to the Treasurer’s Box in JRC 222. Please see the detailed procedure below.
  • Interdepartmental Transactions: If your approved funding includes payment to a non-SGA department of Grinnell college (e.g. Dining Services, FM, Academic Departments etc.), SGA can transfer funds internally. To use this resource, send [sgamoney] and [sga2] an email containing the following information:
    • Your name
    • Your approved budget number
    • The Grinnell Department requesting a transfer of SGA funds
    • Purpose of the internal transaction
    • Name of contact-person in specified department (CCd)

* The PDFs do not open properly in Google Chrome for copy & pasting. Please use another browser or download the form.

SGA Constitutional Funding Policies

  • SGA shall not allocate funds for the benefit of any for-profit organization.
  • SGA will not accept, nor will SGA or SGA funding bodies review or approve any request from Grinnell College student organizations for funding of publications on campus.
  • Travel Policy – individual must pay 15% of total cost if travelling
  • SGA can fund up to 2.25 x (student activities fund*) per student participating

*for 2016-2017, that amount is $436.00

Receipt Reimbursement Procedure

  • Receipts are to be turned in within 10 business days of purchase.

  • You must have an itemized receipt, NOT just a credit card slip or a photocopy. We cannot reimburse a non-itemized receipt.

  • Tape, do NOT staple, all four sides of the receipt to a blank 8×11½ sheet of paper PORTRAIT style

    • If the receipt is longer than a sheet of paper, please cut into sections to allow it to fit and all detail to be seen

    • Using both sides of the page for receipts is acceptable as long as the reimbursement is for the same person

    • Avoid using highlighters or placing tape over the writing on receipts as it tends to remove the writing.

  • Write your FULL name, box number, AND P-card number on the piece of paper next to the receipt on any side that the receipt is displayed. For example, “Mo Gallo-Chasanoff, Box 3523, P-card 0789123.” In addition, PLEASE write the budget number (e.g. SPC3, ACE14), if applicable, on all submitted receipts.

  • Circle the total for which you should be reimbursed on the receipt. If you are only going to be reimbursed for some of the items on the receipt, circle those and write the total for which you are to be reimbursed below. DO NOT just cross out the items for which you are not being reimbursed. We cannot reimburse deposits of any kind, so please do not include bottle deposits, for example, in the total.

  • Deliver the labeled receipt to the Treasurer’s box in the SGA Offices on the 2nd floor of the Joe Rosenfield Center (JRC 222) OR put the receipt in an envelope and send it through campus mail to “SGA Treasurer, JRC.” Do not give it to the Treasurer in person or mail it to their personal mailbox.

  • You should receive an email from accounting in about 2 weeks. If it takes longer than this, drop a (friendly) note to the Treasurers asking how things are going.

  • To make things easier, feel free to use our pre-made receipt reimbursement form (DOCX)!
  • Also, if you’re ordering pizza, please fill out the Pizza Order Form (DOCX) and email the completed form to the Treasurers before the pizza is ordered.