A new ACGA program for university Go clubs
Being short on Go equipment is a common problem for university Go clubs just starting out or trying to expand. Case in point: last year, I started the Wash U Go club with a handful of boards and stones from the Harvard/MIT Go club supply. Unfortunately, a few days ago, our boards were accidentally cleared out by cleaning staff who didn't know whose they were (putting our club temporarily out of business). Over the last couple of years, we've heard from a number of clubs having trouble acquiring enough basic Go equipment to fulfill their needs.
To combat this issue, I'm happy to announce a new equipment grant program for university Go clubs, jointly run by the ACGA and the American Ing Go Center. The program is really simple: if you're a university Go club member (or want to start a club at your university) and need Go equipment to improve your club, the American Ing Go Center will reimburse you for up to $250 in boards, books, and stones, shipped to your club!
Here's how Wash U did it.
APPLYING FOR AN ACGA/ING EQUIPMENT GRANT
Step 1: What do you need?
Take stock of your Go club: what sort of equipment would help your club thrive? Do you have a lot of beginners but no 9x9s? What about your Go book library - maybe you want something to draw single-digit kyus to attend more often?
For the Wash U Go club, this step looked something like this:
- We have five sets of Ing stones, but no boards
- We have several members in the 10-20 kyu range who might benefit from basic Go books, like "Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go" by Kageyama
- We want to expand our core group of 8-10 people who attend each week, so our equipment should be for attracting more beginners and inexperienced players
Remember to consider where you would store this equipment and how it would benefit your club for years in the future!
Step 2: Find a vendor and prepare an order
Once you have a clear idea of your needs, browse a brick-and-mortar or online retailer for the equipment you want. For my application, I used GoGameGuru's online store; other popular vendors into Yellow Mountain Imports, Kiseido, and Slate and Shell. After doing some research, I settled on the following list for the equipment grant applicaiton, all from GoGameGuru:
- 5 foldable wooden boards, at $25 each
- 2 copies of "Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go" by Kageyama, at $17.99 each
- 1 copy of "Go: A Complete Introduction to the Game", at $14.99
- 1 copy of "Attack and Defense", at $20.99
- 1 copy of "Graded Go Problems for Beginners, Vol. 1" at $20.99
The grand total (including estimated shipping) was $243.15. A screenshot of my cart is below:
Important: don't purchase your order until you've completed the application and gotten the go-ahead from us! We can't reimburse you until we've checked to make sure your request is legit.
Step 3: Fill out the form
Head over to the equipment grant form and fill out all the required fields. The more detail you can provide about your club and your plans to put the equipment to good use, the better. Include a list of the equipment you'd like to purchase from step 2 above.
Step 4: Once approved, purchase equipment and send receipts
Once you submit the application form, we'll get an email and check it out. If everything looks good, we'll contact you ASAP and give you the thumbs-up to submit your order. Once you get approval, send us an email with your email receipt/confirmation of the order. If you're purchasing from a brick-and-mortar retailer, scan a copy of the receipt and email it to us. I've attached an example receipt from GoGameGuru below:
(Also, if it's a financial hardship for you to pay for your equipment order before we send you reimbursement, let us know and we'll work something out.)
Step 5: Check the mail for your reimbursement and equipment!
Keep an eye on the mailbox for your new equipment. When you get it, contact us,and we'll send you a check for the amount on your receipt.
Pretty simple, right? If you have any questions about the grant process above, just message us at email@example.com. Now get shopping!