NBLSA Chapter Grant ProgramHistory & Purpose
The Chapter Grant Program was established in 2010 in an effort to give needed additional funding to NBLSA chapters and College Student Divisions that held events in line with national objectives and programmatic thrusts. Chapter grant requests are approved by the Chapter Grant Committee-an ad hoc committee composed of the National Chair, the National Programing Director, the National Director of Membership and the National Treasurer.
The Annual Budget for the chapter grant program is $10,000.00. A maximum of $5000.00 will be available to eligible chapters each semester.
A proposed event must be in line with national objectives for the 2011-2012 year or found in the NBLSA Constitution and Bylaws.
Objectives including but not limited to: Environmental Justice, International Trafficking, HIV/AIDS Awareness in the Black Community, Equity in the Criminal Justice System, Institutional Representation (voters rights), Education and Professional Development, Promoting the Profession (pre-law programming).
A law school chapter or pre-law division chapter is only eligible for one chapter grant per year. Chapter grants are limited to a maximum request of $500.00.
General Application Information
• Names and Signatures of Executive Board
• Name, Location and Type of Chapter
• Number of Paid Members
• Member Submitting
• Date of Submission
• A description of how the event promotes the mission and goals of NBLSA.
• A detailed description of the event/activity, including origin of program, purpose of program, targeted audience, list of all planned participants/speakers (including their titles and affiliations).
• Clear and comprehensive list of goals of the program/event/activity.
• Detailed budget - include all anticipated expenses and projected revenue/funding. Expenses for food (please specify) and beverage (please specify) should be detailed by per person costs.
• A list of all sources of funding and the amounts. Please explain if the law school/administration will provide funding and if so, how much. If no funding from the school/administration has been allocated, please explain.
• An explanation of the necessity of funding for this program/activity. What, if any, expenses can you eliminate if NBLSA funding is not secured?
• How will this program benefit law students, the legal profession and community?
• What is the likelihood that this program/activity will continue next year? Please explain.
• What level of involvement does your law school/student organizations currently have in NBLSA or other law groups?
• What support have you received for your chapter towards your program?
• What involvement does your chapter have on campus?
Post Event Requirements
Grant recipients are required to submit and After Action Report and a final itemized budget within two weeks of the scheduled event. In addition, the Committee requires submission of pictures from the event and electronic copies of any printed materials for records and to highlight programs held by grant recipients.
Application Process/ Timeline
• Submit Application and Supporting Documents
Due 30 days before event
• Committee Review of Application
Approx. Time: 2 weeks
• Notification of Approval, Request for Additional Information or Denial
• Treasurer Issue Award
Approx. Time: 1 week
• Mandatory After Action Reports
Due within 2 weeks of the event
• Notification of Acceptance of AAR and final budget
Approx. Time: 1 week