Graduate Student Organization (GSO) / Event Funding


General Funding Application Process

**Please note as of January 2nd 2019 through January 7th 2019 the GSO application will be closed for scheduled University maintenance** 

Please read the following instructions carefully. All directions must be completed in their entirety.

No exceptions will be made to the Funding Policy for any reason. 


Graduate Student Organizations (GSOs) may apply for GPSA funding to support ASU events. Applications are limited to $2,000 per event, and may include requests for funding for several events (up to $2,000 each) up to 3 but no later than 1 month in advance. All expenses must receive prior approval before purchase to be eligible for reimbursement.  Please note: Funding is not guaranteed.

Before you start…

  1. Make sure your organization is registered through EOSS and listed on OrgSync.
  2. Review these documents:
    1. Prepare a budget for your event as you will use this for your budget (see small examplelarge example)
    1. Contact an Assembly Member to discuss your application and be your sponsor. Your sponsor can be any available Assembly Member.
      • An in-person meeting is not required; email correspondence is fine to secure sponsorship from an Assembly Member.
      • Your Assembly Sponsor must review the Sponsor Checklist Form found here and provide feedback to GSO’s. Feedback based on the checklist is an application requirement.
      • Please Note: All GSO’s should reach out to their Assembly Sponsor at least five (5) days before submitting a funding application to ensure the Assembly Sponsor has enough time to review and discuss the application material. We suggest applicants contact multiple Assembly Members in case one is unavailable. Summary of a live (phone or in-person) conversation with the sponsoring Assembly Member is a mandatory part of the application, so the earlier applicants connect with an Assembly Member the better.


Submitting Your Application…

  1. Log into your SunDevilSync account and complete your budget request. Directions on how to submit here.
    1. Funding Requests for $250.00 or under.
      1. Please note:
        • Small Budget Applications do NOT need a GSO representative to be present in person at the GSO Funding Committee Meeting.
    2. Funding Requests for over $250.00-$2,000.00
      1. Please note:
        • We always encourage GSO’s to apply ASAP for Large Budget Requests
        • Your GSO is required to attend the monthly GPSA GSO Committee’s Funding Review Board session (see below for schedule of meeting dates and times). Your GSO member must present your application in person or via phone . If your GSO will be calling in they must notify the President Pro Tempore in advance for permission. GSO’s who attend via phone will be called twice during the Committee meeting.
        • GSO’s not present in person or via phone for the GSO Committee meetings applications will automatically be denied for funding. No exceptions will be made to this policy.

After Approval

You will be notified via Orgsync within five (5) business days after the next general Assembly Meeting if your application has been approved.

    1. Review the GPSA Assembly Post-Event Funding Packet and prepare required forms
    2. Submit an Event Request Form to have your event featured on the GPSA website. This is REQUIRED for all GSO events that receive funding from GPSA.
    3. NOTE: If your GSO receives funding from GPSA, you are required to meet with the GPSA Business Specialist, Senior, Jemell Nelson. 
    4. If the date of your event changes, you must notify GPSA Assembly President Pro Tempore as soon as possible and the GPSA Specialist, Senior. You must notify us BEFORE the date of your event to receive reimbursement. Note: date changes cannot be before the month that your GSO received funding for.


  1. Submit items in OrgSync (how to submit documents here) within ten (10) calendar days after your event*
  2. Reimbursement will be awarded in 30-60 days.
    1. Please Note: If your organization is using a campus vendor, such as Aramark, then order/payment information should be sent via email to the Office Specialist, Sr. as it is placed with your name and your GSO name. Failure to submit reimbursement materials on time will result in denial of funds.

GSO Committee Meeting Schedule

GSO Application due dates (by 11:59pm)

  • July 9, 2018
  • August 1, 2018
  • September 1, 2018
  • October 12018
  • November 12018
  • December 1, 2018
  • January 12019
  • February 1, 2019
  • March 1, 2019
  • April 1, 2019

GSO Funding and Outreach Meetings (Meetings held at GSC from 10-11AM)

  • July 16, 2018 (5-6PM held at GSC)
  • August 102018 (Friday)
  • September 142018 (Friday)
  • October 122018 (Friday)
  • November 22018 (Friday)
  • December 3, 2018 (Monday)
  • January 112019 (Friday)
  • February 82019 (Friday)
  • March 12, 2019 (Tuesday)
  • April 122019 (Friday)


Deadline Information

  • The deadline for GSO Funding applications is on the 1st of the month before the month of your event date. Please note the July deadline. 
    • You can apply for funding three months prior to your event date. Large Budget applications should apply ASAP for funding.
  • Please Note:
    • Due to holidays and office closures, we cannot fund events after 12/8/2018 through 1/6/2019. We also do not fund events following graduation through July.

General Restrictions

GPSA considers the number of ASU graduate students served, the level of service offered to the university, the enhancement of student professionalism, and the availability of alternative funding sources when making funding decisions. Although requests for department level events and food for small gatherings will be considered, these are deemed a lower priority to events that appeal to wider audiences of graduate and professional students.

The following events cannot be funded by the Assembly, as per university policy:

  1. Activities that subsidize any ASU administrative services
  2. Activities that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation
  3. Activities that have already occurred, prior to Assembly approval
  4. Activities that support referenda or candidates for elected office
  5. Activities that are limited to a single political partisanship – if you’re turning people away because of a political affiliation we cannot fund you
  6. Honorariums for faculty or staff of ASU cannot be processed by GPSA
  7. Events hosted at private residences will not be considered for funding -i.e. a professor or student’s house.

This list is not all inclusive; please see the GSO Funding Information document for comprehensive details.



Assembly President Pro Tempore – Nicole Mayberry

Assembly President – Nich Weller

You can also ask questions in the Graduate Student Organization/Event Funding section of the GPSA Forum.