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Student Veterans of America has partnered with Bank of America to offer the Chapter Grant Program. Chapter grants are designed to encourage student veterans to think about long-term sustainability strategies and develop the best possible plans for their chapter. They can be used to fund events, conference travel, or purchases needed to enhance the experience for student veterans in an SVA chapter. Bank of America continues its commitment to the success of student veterans by supporting the Chapter Grant Program.



How to apply for a Chapter Grant:



1: Create and submit a Chapter Business Plan


2: Create and upload a chapter budget based on our Chapter Budget Template


  • Show us your ability to manage money by providing the previous year’s general chapter budget. (Costs of food, T-shirts, travel, etc.)
  • Please do this in the format of an Excel spreadsheet.
  • Check the application webpage for a template you can use.



3: Elevator Pitch


  • Your pitch should be a 30 - 90 second video that demonstrates your chapter’s need while still being creative!

For more information and upload instructions, visit the Creative Pitch Assignment Sheet



4: Ensure all of the information provided in your chapter profile is up-to-date.



All example files are provided at the end of this page. Please review all of the application materials and documents very carefully, and if you have any questions, or would like help in putting together your business plan, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


National Business Plan Competition


A good business plan will enhance chapter sustainability, set clear goals, SMART objectives, and lay out strategically aligned strategies for success. Every year, a select group of leaders are invited to pitch their plans during the annual National Business Plan Competition. Chapters are selected based on the strength of the business plan they submitted as part of the Chapter Grant Program. When you submit a chapter grant application, you are automatically entered in the competition and eligible to win additional funding.


Forms (click on the link, then click download on the upper right hand corner):

Business Plan Worksheet
Chapter Budget Worksheet

Example Business Plans & Budgets from the 2015 National Business Plan Competition:

Santa Fe Community College

Florida International University

University of Houston

University of Massachussets - Lowell

Example Elevator Pitch Video:



Mississippi State




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