Funding Resources for SAA Groups

A number of funding resources exist to support the initiatives and activities of SAA's many component groups (committees, boards, working groups, task forces, and Sections). Read more below on the various resources available.


All SAA Sections have $250 designated for their use in Fiscal Year 2020 (which will continue the pilot test from FY 2019). This funding exists to support the ongoing work of Sections.

Annual funding may be used at the discretion of the Section steering committee for a wide variety of purposes, including:

  • Printing or postage; 
  • Mid-year meetings; 
  • Surveys and assessments; 
  • Travel expenses for non-archivists to travel to the Annual Meeting for Section-endorsed programs; and 
  • Other activities that support the strategic goals and mission of SAA. 

Annual funding may not be used for items or activities that are already a part of the SAA annual budget; refreshments or social events; or honoraria or travel funds for SAA members or other United States-based archivists.

Please make sure to contact your Council liaison and/or the SAA Governance Manager as you are planning to ensure your intended purchase meets these guidelines.

Annual funding is distributed via direct invoicing to the SAA office. Funding for one fiscal year will not carry over into the next fiscal year.

To request funds, complete the Section Funding Pilot Request Form (above), attaching a W-9 form for the payee and direct invoices as applicable. Section chairs should submit the completed forms to

W-9s must be completed for all payees/vendors so that SAA remains IRS compliant. Any questions or concerns about W-9 forms can be directed to Lakesha Thaddis at or (312) 606-0722 ext 211.


All SAA component groups (committees, boards, working groups, task forces, and Sections) are eligible to apply to SAA for special funding toward critical and innovative projects. Projects should support critical needs, explore new and leading ideas, build on previous work, and/or demonstrate a measureable impact. Project funding is evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the SAA Council. Projects that involve collaboration across multiple Sections are strongly encouraged.

Special project funding requests can be submitted at any time. However, Sections are strongly encouraged to submit requests by March 1 for consideration as part of the SAA annual budget cycle. Please see the Component Group Funding Request Form for more details.


If you have an urgent off-cycle request, please complete the Component Group Funding Request Form and send to your Council liaison and the Executive Director. Limited funding for off-cycle requests may be available at the discretion of the President and the Executive Director. 


SAA component groups are eligible to apply for grants from the SAA Foundation for projects ranging from $500 to $5,000. Letters of inquiry are due each year on December 1. For more information, please see the Foundation’s Grant Application Process and Guidelines.