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CLEC & Seed Grant FAQ

Question: What are the differences between CLEC funding and Seed Grants?

Answer: Both funds are designed to support increased intercultural programming for the campus community. However, there are differences in what can be funded through each fund as well as the amount of funding to be provided. CLEC funding is funded by student activity fees. These funds are audited every year and the use is limited.  Proposal decisions are made by a committee of Georgia Southern faculty, staff, and students who review the submission items for each proposal. The maximum award for this funding opportunity is $1,500. Seed Grants are funded by the Office of Inclusive Excellence. The maximum award for these proposals is $750. Proposal decisions are made by the office of Inclusive Excellence staff who review the submission items for each proposal. Funding can not be used for paraphernalia, food and other items mentioned in the CLEC- and Seed Grant- instructions.

Question: Who is Eligible for CLEC funding and Seed Grants?

Answer: All faculty, staff, and students are eligible to apply for CLEC Funding and Seed Grants.

Question: What are the deadlines for CLEC funding and Seed Grant Applications?

Answer: There is only one annual deadline for CLEC funding nor Seed Grant Applications. That deadline is the first Monday of April to allow for finalization of all proposal funding transactions before the academic year ends. The applications will open again shortly after the following fiscal year begins (Usually July 1). During the time applications are open, both opportunities have rolling review windows in which the committees review the submissions. Preferred submission for Seed Grant applications is one month prior to your event. Preferred submission for CLEC funding is two months prior to your event. This gives us ample time to communicate questions of clarity with proposers and give adequate reviews as well as process funding correctly. 

Question: How long after my application begins the reviewing process should I expect a decision on my proposal?

Answer:  Decision letters should be received within 2 weeks after they are reviewed. 

Question: I received my decision letter and I have been approved. Now what?

Answer: All information regarding forward steps in receiving funding requested will be provided in the acceptance letter.

Question: I received my decision letter and I have been denied. Now What?

Answer: Along with the decision letters. All applicants will be able to see the feedback given by the committee on the rubric provided to them. This is implemented to allow the applicant to understand where they can further enhance their idea. If there is still a desire to have the event, the applicant can submit another application with the advised improvements. However, it is highly unlikely that the application will be reviewed before the next review window.

Question: What is the role of the CLEC Graduate Assistant?

Answer: The Graduate Assistant that handles the CLEC operations serves as the orchestrator of the committee when transitions are made, the builder of the applications, and the organizer of the meetings and documentation pertaining to CLEC proposals. The Graduate Assistant also serves as the liaison between the CLEC committee and the applicants.

Last updated: 7/6/2021