SDG Initiative Student Group Activity Grant Program

The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Initiative Student Group Activity Grant promotes and supports SDG-related activities conducted by student groups from the Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and Twin Cities campuses. Read more about the SDGs.

Grants of up to $500 are available to help fund a variety of activities. Grant proposals should provide details of the proposed activity, demonstrate how it is related to one or more of the SDGs, and include how information about the SDGs will be shared with the event attendees. Recipients will receive an SDG template presentation and are encouraged to consult the Resources section below. Funded activities must comply with all relevant University of Minnesota policies, including those related to COVID-19.

Submit an SDG Initiative Student Group Activity Grant Application 

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Current University of Minnesota undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from any of the system campuses. Students should be active members in a Registered Student Organization or Campus Life Program, but informal or independent groups may also apply.

Eligible Expenses

  • Supplies that are specific to an event (i.e. equipment rental, food, honoraria, promotional expenses, etc.)
  •   Registration and travel costs associated with conference or competition attendance

The following are considered “operational” and are not eligible for funding:

  •   Supplies that are intended for group use beyond the event (e.g. computers, audio equipment, uniforms/apparel, etc.) 
  •   Prizes or giveaways (e.g. gift cards, awards, thank you gifts) 
  •   General meeting expenses
  •   Recruitment and fundraising events


Proposals are reviewed on an on-going basis. To ensure funds are distributed prior to the event, proposals should be submitted at least 6 weeks before the event. Proposals received later than 6 weeks prior to the event might not receive funds in advance, and organizers should plan accordingly. 

SDG Resources

SDG Graphics and Branding Guidelines:



Please contact Cathy Huber, SDG Student Activity Grant coordinator, at [email protected] if you have any questions.