Requirements of the grant application:• Requests must be made at least one month prior to the event itself to allow time for Board review and approval. • A generalized budget statement for the event should be submitted with the application, showing anticipated total costs, the planned use of Consortium funds and any other sponsorships or contributing funds.• A clear description of how the activity will benefit the Minnesota GIS Community and/or meet the MN GIS/LIS Consortium mission must be provided. • Only one grant request per an event is allowed.
Upon approval of event grant funding, the following conditions apply:• The event must be open to the GIS/LIS community in Minnesota.• The event must be promoted at a minimum in an e-announcement and on the Community News Blog prior to the event.• Organizers should use every reasonable attempt to use the Mn GIS/LIS logo and name in event promotion.• Within 30 days of the event completion, organizers must provide a summary of the event suitable for the Consortium’s website.• Within 30 days of the event completion, organizers must submit a budget summary document to the Consortium detailing the actual use of the Consortium’s awarded funds.
The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium’s policy is to provide the event grant money only after the event has been held and after the proper event and budget summaries have been provided to the Board of Directors for their review. In rare cases, the Consortium Board of Directors may approve distribution of the funds before the event is held.