Application & Funding
Apply to Organize Your Own Event!
All members of the Swarthmore College campus community may propose an event for any semester in which they are on campus. In addition to a complete application, a faculty partner is required for all proposals. The Cooper Foundation will pay all costs related to the public portions of approved events, including artists/performance/speakers fees and advertising costs.
For information about the application process, please review the application guidelines (pdf). If you would like to submit a proposal, print and fill out the application form (pdf) in advance of the deadline. If your application is approved for funding, then you will want to reference the checklist (pdf) of tasks to complete in order to ensure a successful event.
The Serendipity Fund was designed to support events that could not have been foreseen within the timeframe required to apply for a full Cooper Grant. Applications should make a strong case for the serendipitous nature of the event. Examples of serendipity include, but are not limited to, unexpected proximity and/or availability of a speaker, timeliness of subject matter, coordination with other significant events on campus (including events funded by Cooper), and/or coordination with events taking place in the greater Philadelphia area. Applicants should be aware that the awards usually range between $500 and $1000. Requests in excess of these amounts are likely more appropriate for a full Cooper grant and should be reconsidered for the following year. Remember that the same standards of excellence and preeminence guiding Cooper grants apply to those of Serendipity. Serendipity Application Form 2017-18 (pdf)