Black Family Gathering Committee (Annual Grant and Special Fee Group)
|Special Fee type||Undergraduate Annual Grant|
|Total request amount||$109,400.00|
|Previous Special Fee amount||$50,000.00|
|Change from previous request||119%|
|Amount per Undergrad||$15.68 per year|
Black Family Gathering Committee is a group of students who are impassioned by black art, music and culture and embark on a yearly endeavor to share those values with the entire university community both interracially and cross culturally. The Committee’s trademark event is a free concert called Blackfest, a festival on campus featuring clothing, food and jewelry vendors along with student performers, Black Greek step performances and more. Blackfest presents students with a unique space, both physically and mentally, to be a part of a cultural exchange that aims to represent historically marginalized communities and showcase their strengths, talents, and contributions to our society. In combining a social event with an academic underpinning, it gives those in attendance a chance to educate themselves amidst an enjoyable atmosphere.
We are the student group who has brought you Jeremih, Metro Boomin, Jidenna, and Ty Dolla $ign.
Why We Are Asking For an Annual Grant Increase
This year Black Family Gathering Committee struggling to make ends meet in order to bring a high quality performer to campus, have a stage for them to perform on, and provide the other attractions typically available at Blackfest. Last year our grant amount was cut by more than half before appearing on the ballot, and this year, through petitioning, we are hoping to receive an Annual Grant that will allow us to provide the student body with an outstanding concert and Blackfest experience. While it appears that we are asking for an unbelievable increase on our annual grant, in reality, this is a decrease from what we received in 2015, one funding cycle before the last. Help us continue the Blackfest tradition in supporting our petition to appear on the ballot.