Programming Grants


UHC Programming Grants support Pitt students to initiate value-added, education-enhancing programs that explore their interests and stimulate their curiosities.

Who can apply?

Pitt undergraduate students, individually or in groups, are eligible to apply for a UHC Programming Grant. Student Organization Resource Center (SORC)-certified organizations are not eligible to apply.

What is value-added programming?

Value-added programs are those that enhance students’ education, ignite an interest, or make students consider a topic more deeply. We want to see the development of social programs that enrich students’ educational experiences at Pitt.

The UHC supports two broad categories of value-added programs*:

One-Time Events. For example a student or group of students might propose:

  • A trip to the Allegheny Observatory with a Pitt physicist or astronomer who can provide a behind the scenes tour of the facility.

  • Attending a lecture or panel discussion on campus and inviting a staff or faculty member to facilitate a discussion over coffee.

  • Hosting a Bollywood Night with a film, ethnic food, and a local dance troupe teaching basic steps.  

  • Bringing in a mixed-media artist to talk about her craft, followed by participants creating their own mixed-media masterpiece.

  • Coordinating a one-time discussion group around a single book, article, or film.

Sustained Discussion Groups/Reading Groups where students design a discussion group focused on a specific topic and meet regularly to discuss related readings, books, films, and/or articles. Students are welcome to involve faculty in their discussion groups. Examples of past groups include:

  • Education and Edibles: discusses scholarly readings about education over pizza.

  • Donuts and Dystopias: a book club dedicated to apocalyptic literature and delicious desserts.

  • Green Readers: a sustainable trio of reading groups that shares a common library of environmental literature

  • Dissecting Structural Violence: through Paul Farmer’s “Pathologies of Power,” students discuss social injustices that impact vulnerable populations

  • *The Programming Grant allows for a great degree of innovation.  If there are opportunities that do not necessarily fall into the broad categories provided, we encourage you to still apply.

What is the process to apply?

  1. Brainstorm and research the kind of program that you and other students would want to attend.

  2. Complete the UHC Programming Grant Request Form.

Who reviews the requests?

The UHC Programming Grant Committee consists of a UHC staff member and three elected UHC Student Ambassadors who have prior programming experience at Pitt.

What is the UHC Programming Grant Committee process?

The Committee reviews and approves applications with the Dean of the Honors College holding final approval and veto power. The funding decision will be shared with students within one week committee meeting.  


One-Time Event Guidelines

  • Applications must be submitted at least 20 business days before the intended program date. Applications will be reviewed within one week of submission.

  • Non-Duplicative Programming: Programs cannot duplicate programming that other student organizations and campus departments offer.

  • Size: The UHC Programming Grants can sustain one-time programming for events up to 100 students. If your idea exceeds that size, provide additional explanation for why a larger audience is necessary to the program’s success.

  • Food: Proposal may include a request for funds for food that complements the event. For instance, a group of students coordinate with a faculty member an evening discussion on his or her research, while they eat pizza. In the request form, students should describe how food complements their program. Students can request up to $6 per person per event for complementary food costs.

  • Food as the Program’s Focus: Students can request funding for food that is directly connected to the program’s educational focus. For example, a student seeking to host a faculty member from the Anthropology department to discuss the cultural history of sushi during a tasting event by a local sushi chef, may request funds for the ingredients to make sushi. Students can request up $8 per person in this case. If you have concerns that your program will exceed this $8 per person rule please contact Greg Lucsko ( prior to submitting your request.

  • Supplies: Funding for a program’s supplies (e.g., art supplies) will be funded within reason.

  • Itemized Budget: All individuals/groups of students requesting funding must show documentation of expenses and list all proposed expenses in the itemized budget included in the request form process.

Sustained Program Guidelines

  • Applications should be submitted by September 30 for consideration for the fall semester or February 1 for consideration for the spring semester, and will be reviewed within one week of submission.

  • Size: To ensure engaging interactions, discussion groups should contain between 5 and and 15 participants. If membership exceeds 15 students, the group may be split into 2 or more smaller groups.

  • Funding Allocation: UHC will provide up to $50.00 per person per term to be spent for the use of purchasing books and food.

  • Books for Purchase: Reading groups are encouraged to consider books from the UHC’s current library. The UHC suggests purchasing between 1 and 3 books per person per term and will buy up to 15 copies of the same book. All books must be returned to the UHC after use for future discussion groups.

  • Attendance: Students should keep lists of students who attend each meeting.

  • Accounting: Students should keep receipts for all food purchased using UHC funds.

  • Continuity: Discussion groups may occur over multiple semesters. Following the first semester, these groups will be asked to submit a re-application form with attendance lists, total expenditures from the semester, and a new book list, if applicable.


If you have a question about a potential program prior to applying, contact Greg Lucsko (