Apply for a DAPA Grant!

NOTE: We will not be accepting grant applications until after spring break (e.g. no applications accepted for 3/14-3/23)

***NOTE: NEW DEADLINE: Complete the application by the Thursday at midnight before your party. Grant decisions will be sent by 12:30PM Friday and party kits can be picked up from 12:30-5pm Fridays! Make sure to plan ahead to grab your party kit full of cups, plates, and napkins! *Note: Applications for Thursday events must be received the week before the event in order to be eligible for a DAPA grant.

Our mission: DAPA Grants provide food and non-alcoholic beverages (at parties without alcohol) for social events. These events must be on campus and cannot have other sources of funding. The purpose of this program is to encourage low-risk drinking at parties with alcohol as well as to provide alternatives by funding parties without alcohol. Keep this mission in mind when applying for a grant!

Step 1: Complete the application by the Thursday at midnight before your party. Note: Applications for Thursday events must be received the week before the event in order to be eligible for a DAPA grant. The application can be found here: Apply for a DAPA Grant
(Please note: This form is the ONLY way to apply for a DAPA Grant. We do not accept any applications submitted to the [email protected] We hope that our application makes the process quicker and more enjoyable for you.)
Step 2: Applicants will be notified of awards by 12:30pm Friday of the week for which they applied. Note: Plan ahead to pick up your party kit Friday 12:30pm-5pm.
Step 3: Fill out reimbursement forms and submit receipts to AODS (7 Linden St, 2nd Floor) within one week of your event. Reimbursements can take 4-6 weeks to process.

Criteria:
The DAPA Grants Committee looks at the following criteria when making decisions on applications:
Specifics: Be as detailed and thorough as possible. Our decision is likely to be more favorable if we have more information.
Consumption: Think about how much money you plan to spend on alcohol (if you will be serving it) and consider spending a comparable amount (if not more) on food and non-alcoholic drinks. Our program looks to fund parties that offer a source of substantial food (not just chips, cookies, etc.).
Timing: DAPA grants are awarded to registered parties that occur during high-risk drinking times on campus (i.e. Thursday-Saturday nights). We look for parties that are thrown on social evenings. If your party is not on a Thursday-Saturday night but is during a high risk time (for example, before a weekday formal or on a Sunday of a long weekend) please be sure to explain why your party would still benefit from a DAPA grant.
Thoughtfulness: The more effort and thought that you put into your application, the more it will stand out to us. Take time to explain how your event is both a safe social activity and reduces high risk drinking. Be genuine.
Creativity: Throw an event that stands out.
Punctuality: Due to the high volume of applications and in fairness to applications submitted on time, we will not read applications submitted after Monday at 4PM EST of the week for which you are applying.

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