Merit Requests

What is a merit request?

A Merit Request is a funding request for an event, activity, or project that will be open to members of BGSA. Broadly speaking, a merit request can be for anything that will help to foster the interaction of BGSA members either socially or academically. Some examples of prior approved requests:


Application for funding is not restricted to BGSA members, but the event, activity, or project being proposed must be open to members of the BGSA community.

How to request funding

To request funding for your event, a merit request funding form must be clearly completed and submitted to the BGSA Executibe Board through our online submission system by the deadlines described below.

All requests are voted upon by the General Assembly, and must be submitted 7 days before the General Assembly meeting in which they will be reviewed. The 7-day advanced notice requirement must be met so that the request can be included in the upcoming General Assembly announcement email. If you desire feedback from the Executive Board on the request before you present it to the General Assembly, you should submit the request 14 days before the General Assembly meeting. This will give the Executive Board time to review the request during the monthly Executive Board meeting. After submitting a request, you (or a representative) must appear at the General Assembly meeting and present the request to the General Assembly. A 2/3 majority of the General Assembly is required to pass a merit request.

Funding Approval

Upon receiving a merit request, the Executive Board will:
Requests heard by the General Assembly will be decided in the following way:


Funding Disbursement

Funds will be disbursed after completion of the appropriate paper work. The Vice Chairs of Administration and Finance will aid you in this process.

Methods of Recourse

Requests rejected by the General Assembly will be tabled for the duration of the meeting, but may be resubmitted for consideration at a future General Assembly meeting.


More Questions?

Please contact the Vice Chair of Administration:

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REMEMBER: 20% of the yearly BGSA budget is set aside for merit requests. This money is yours to use, so please use it!