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Finding Funding

Funding Sources for Student Organizations

Fundraising is an important part of your program planning process.  However, requesting money from a funding organization is not the first step.

Before making a formal funding request, your organization must have a clear vision of the program you are presenting. An effective request should describe the need, importance and uniqueness of the program as well as your organization’s plan for implementing it.

Tips for writing a successful proposal
  • Begin early
  • Focus your application on the funder’s priorities. Follow the application guidelines exactly
  • Be specific about what you plan to do
  • Include all the information the funder has asked for and any additional information or documents they require
  • Make your budget as specific as possible
  • Take extra care to meet the deadline
  • Write in plain English

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UCSB offers a wide variety of funding resources for your group’s events and activities. Take a look and check eligibility requirements for each of the different sources. Make sure you apply to those committees and departments that better align to your group’s mission and vision.

Associated Students Boards & Commissions
Must attend a mandatory AS orientation prior to receiving funding)

  • Finance and Business Committee and
  • The charge of the AS Finance and Business Committee is to help registered student organizations put on successful events, provide necessary student services, hold conferences, and fund championship aspiring teams through the procurement of funds.
  • The Finance Board is responsible for allocating a yearly budget that is used to foster leadership, give to the community, and enhance the experience of UCSB students. Meetings are held every Monday in the State Street room at 4:00pm. For questions, please contact your Finance Board Liaison.
  • New groups can request a $250 start up

    Each student group has their own liaison 

  • Community Affairs Board The AS/UCSB Community Affairs Board (CAB), UCSB’s Volunteer Action Center, is dedicated to enhancing the educational experience of all UCSB Students by providing information and easy access to community service work. Through a wide range of projects and community programs, CAB seeks to augment classroom experiences, create opportunities for career exploration, connect UCSB to the community in a meaningful way, and promote the ethics of public service.
  • Student Commission on Racial Equality (SCORE) The A.S. Student Commission on Racial Equality is a body funded by the UCSB undergraduates concerned with providing a positive and comfortable learning environment for persons from diverse and underrepresented social backgrounds. Its purpose is to confront and proactively resolve issues of ethnicity-related concerns and create and promote programs to educate the student body on issues concerning the campus and community that affect students at UCSB. 
  • Isla Vista Community Relations Committee (IVCRC) IVCRC is an Associated Students committee that works to promote and educate the Isla Vista community as a whole by nurturing the relationships between long-term and short-term residents. In addition, IVCRC funds on-campus and off-campus groups that work to improve the community.
  • Queer Commission The A.S. Queer Commission serves as an educational and advocacy forum for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT), Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) student’s rights, with a commitment to representing and improving the status of LGBTQI students on campus and in the community.
  • Costal Fund The Coastal Fund (CF) was created and is funded by the students at the University of California, Santa Barbara in order to preserve and enhance the ecological integrity of the coastal habitats at the University. Given this charge, the CF seeks to provide the financial impetus for research, restoration, preservation, access and educational projects that are in agreement with the CF’s mission statement.
  • Womyn’s Commission The UCSB A.S. Womyn’s Commission is an educator and an advocate for womyn’s rights, with a commitment to representing and improving the status of womyn on campus and in the community. The A.S. Womyn’s Commission is working toward becoming a diverse group of members reflecting the different voices of the campus and community.
  • Environmental Affairs Board (EAB) Environmental Affairs Board (EAB) was established to protect, preserve and enhance the environment, principally at UCSB and its surrounding communities. They focus on ecology, energy, food, climate change, water policy and conservation, the economy, environmental justice and other issues. They coordinate and coalition-build with other groups to promote environmental perspectives and sustainability throughout the University.
  • Student Initiated Recruitment and Retention Committee (SIRRC) The Student Initiated Recruitment and Retention Committee is a collective effort of students catering to the needs of local and academic communities. The committee will assist historically underrepresented, low-income, and under-resourced students and organizations in establishing the fundamental interaction needed to create a long-term recruitment and retention program within our UCSB community.
  • Isla Vista Tenants Union The Isla Vista Tenants Union (IVTU) is an organization serving the interests of Isla Vista tenants. We recognize the diversity of our community, and we strive to meet the different needs of our members while uniting our common interests as tenants. We educate tenants on their rights and responsibilities, and we act as a resource when problems occur. We believe people should live without the suffering that arises from discrimination, retaliation, or neglect. We reach out to property managers, the university, elected officials, local groups, and individuals to realize our vision and address pressing tenant issues. In providing a service to the tenants of Isla Vista, we also hope to build a united, educated, and proactive community.

Use of AS Money:

The Following CANNOT be funded by an A.S. entity:
1) Travel or Transportation Costs (only exception involves specific request from Finance Board directly)
2) Food Expenditures over $500 per year (from ALL BCCs combined)
3) Expenses related to off-campus special events, banquets, and picnics (excluding Isla Vista)
4) Equipment purchases, ONLY rentals are allowed, unless the equipment is to be donated to AS
5) Awards, trophies, gifts or scholarships for individuals
6) Personal items including costumes
7) Publicity Bonds
8) The Office of Student Life (OSL) Registration Fee
9) Expenses relating to conferences outside of UCSB (some exceptions are made)

Other Funding Sources

  • Residence Halls Association (RHA). Contact The Residence Halls Association, or RHA, is UCSB’s student government for the residence halls. We conduct social, educational, cultural, and recreational programming for all of our residents as well as advocate for our residents in the larger campus community.
  • University Center (UCen) Governance Board Grants Provides grants for any events in the UCen: Corwin Pavilion, meeting rooms, Storke Plaza that will help defray the rental costs.
  • Office of the Chancellor: Submit funding request with contact information and event description and budget to the Office of the Chancellor.
  • Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs
    •  The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs has a limited amount of money to co-sponsor campus events and activities hosted by registered campus student organizations.  Grants will rarely exceed $300, and the funding committee will generally favor applications for events that are cross-cultural in nature or for speakers who invite provocative or difficult dialogues.  In addition, proposals that have already been granted supplementary funding from other sources are preferable.  As a general rule, requests for off-campus conferences and travel expenses will not be funded.
    • Please note that funding by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs does not represent endorsement or approval of an event or its content. The following statement must be included in any promotional materials or programs in which sponsors’ names are listed: “Provision of funding by sponsors does not represent endorsement or approval of the event or its content.”
    •  Fill out the application on their webpage as completely as possible. You can submit the completed application to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Cheadle Hall 5203, or by e-mail to Jayne Patterson, Financial & Project Analyst, at
  • Event Center Governance Board: Provides funding for events held at the Thunderdome.
  • Campus Departments: Some campus departments offer funding to student organizations whose events are in keeping with the mission and interest of the department. The funding process may vary in each department.
  • Women, Gender, & Sexual Equity The Women, Gender, & Sexual Equity Department exists at UCSB to support students, faculty, and staff who might face some challenges due to their identity. We celebrate all identities and encourage people from all identities to get involved. Our department is made up of four distinct program areas: Women’s Center Programs, Rape Prevention Education Program, Non-Traditional Student Resource Center, and LGBT Resources/Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity. Collectively we strive to make UCSB a more welcoming and just place.
    • The WGSE offers limited funding to student organizations when it is available (one request per academic year). The basis for awarding these funds (usually $50-$100) falls under the WGSE mission. Funding does not reflect endorsement or co-sponsorship f the event.
    • The Women, Gender, & Sexual Equity Department uses a feminist approach to provide support, advocacy, resources and education to the UCSB community. We value and respect all genders, gender expressions, bodies, sexual orientations, and racial and ethnic identities while challenging all forms of oppression. We work towards creating a campus environment that is safe, equitable, and just.
  • MultiCultural Center www.mcc.ucsb.eduFunded in 1987, the MultiCultural Center was created to provide a safe space for students of color, international students, and gay, lesbian, and bisexual students and to serve as a bridge to the entire campus community. To that end, the MCC offers a broad spectrum of events including lectures, panel discussions, films and videos, musical, dance, and dramatic performances, and poetry readings, which are all open to the general public. To apply for funding, submit a funding request with contact information, event description, and budget to the MultiCultural Center office.

  • Green Initiative Fund The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects which “green” our campus and reduce the University’s impact on the environment. TGIF allocates funds to projects that increase the amount of renewable energy used on campus, increase energy efficiency, and reduce the amount of waste created (GHGs) by our University.  Portions of the fund will support education initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is administered through a student majority governance board. The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) was the first green fee in the UC system. It was created by students in the spring of 2006 with a charge to “reduce the University’s impact on the environment."
  • Community Grants: CommUnity Grants fund activities that promote cross-cultural exploration and dialogue around issues related to identity in order to build understanding and unity. Here, “identities” is used in a broad sense and includes, but is not limited to sex or gender, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or spirituality, ability, national origin, and familial status. In other words, CommUnity Grants are available to support programs that convene individuals and groups representing different identities in order to promote cross-cultural awareness, understanding, and appreciation. Organizations can apply on Shoreline
  • Student Initiated Outreach Program (SIOP) The Student Initiated Outreach Program allocates funds to facilitate outreach projects by currently registered UCSB student organizations. Consideration is given to projects that are designed to increase the eligibility and college attendance rates of underrepresented, low-income, and other specifically identified disadvantaged populations. 
  • The OSL Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) Funding: The OSL-SFAC (Student Fee Advisory Committee) Fund is a new OSL funding source for UCSB Registered Campus Organizations (RCOs). The fund is meant to fund new and innovative student initiatives on campus. If your project or idea needs some help getting its feet off the ground, this funding source may be the right one for you! Priority funding is given to creative student-driven initiatives,  pilot campus programs and campus events, and for campus groups/orgs enhancing diversity and positively impacting as many UCSB Students as possible. Organizations can apply on Shoreline
  • After Dark: As part of the University’s continued efforts to involve students in alcohol-free and non-alcohol-centered activities and events, the mission of the Office of Student Life’s After Dark Late Night Social Programming is to provide students with alternative activities and funding for student organizations. Organizations can apply on Shoreline. Programs should meet the following guidelines:
  • Sponsored by a registered OSL student organization or Associated Students entity
  • Social, recreational or entertainment-based
  • Scheduled for a Thursday, Friday or Saturday
  • Scheduled to begin in the late night hours (after 8:00 p.m.)
  • Open to the entire UCSB student population at a low cost amount or free and held in a public venue, on campus or in I.V.
  • Alcohol-free or non-alcohol centered