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After Dark

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After Dark is a late night social funding source for registered campus organization funded by student initiative fees to the Office of Student Life. Campus organizations are encouraged to host fun events on the weekends as an alternative to the Isla Vista social party scene.

As part of the University’s continued efforts to involve students in alcohol-free and non-alcohol-centered activities and events, the Office of Student Life’s After Dark Late Night Social Programming Fund seeks to assist Registered Campus Organizations (RCOs) in offering accessible, alternative events to the UC Santa Barbara community. The After Dark Late Night Social Program Fund allocates funding to registered campus organizations for student-initiated, alcohol-free, and non-alcohol centered social events and activities. 

Funding Criteria
To be considered for funding, events must be:

  • Hosted by a registered campus organization with the Office of Student Life or Associated Students entity 
  • Held in a public venue on campus or in Isla Vista
  • Social-, recreational-, or entertainment-based
  • Scheduled for a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday
  • Scheduled to begin after 8:00 PM
  • Open to the entire UCSB student population
  • The line items in your budget are clearly defined (no “miscellaneous” costs)
  • You are not requesting funding for costumes, gifts, prizes, or makeup
  • The profits generated by our event will not be distributed to individual committee members or to the committee
  • Your event is alcohol-free or non-alcohol centered
  • Any event’s hosted during dead week and/or final’s week will not be funded

Funding Guidelines

  • Campus organizations who are fully registered with the Office of Student Life may apply for After Dark Funding 
  • After Dark Funding will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis per quarter.
  • After Dark must be acknowledged as a co-sponsor on all publicity and promotional material
  • Applications must be submitted concurrently with the completion of the 360º Event Planning Guide
  • Awards are intended to supplement funds obtained from other campus funding sources
  • Awards are designed to defray partial – not full – costs of the event
  • Award amounts vary and will not exceed to $1000
  • Funding will not be granted to purchase equipment, costumes, stage décor and/or props, or prizes.
  • Campus organizations are eligible for awards once per quarter
  • A copy of an overall event budget is required as part of the application process
  • A representative from the organization must be available to meet with the After Dark Advisory Committee to present and clarify their proposal as well as answer questions the committee may have.
  • Unused funds will be returned annually to the general After Dark Late Night Social Programming Funds account

How to Apply 

Step 1: Create your event on Shoreline and complete the 360º Event Planning Guide paperwork

Step 2: Submit an After Dark Funding Application 

Step 3: Send an organization representative to a Minor Events Committee meeting (held weekly on Wednesdays, 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., OSL Conference Room, SRB 2293) to secure event authorization and approval.

Step 4: Send an organization representative to an After Dark Advisory Committee meeting to present your event and formally request funding. All applicants will receive an email inviting them to meet with the After Dark Advisory Committee for an official interview. The committee does not meet during week 10 or finals.

The Committee will notify the applicant via email within five (5) business days with the funding decision. i.e. If you apply on Friday or a weekend, five business days takes you to the following Friday.

Questions? E-mail: Kathleen Vu at