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The Student Initiated Outreach Program awards funding to Registered Campus Organizations (RCO) for programs that support and promote outreach and retention to secondary pre-college and transfer students of historically underrepresented, income-eligible, or educationally disadvantaged communities. Special consideration will be given to projects that conduct outreach with UCSB Partnership Schools

Grant Guidelines

  • Outreach Projects must be initiated by Registered Campus Organizations (RCOs).
  • RCO must be registered with the Office of Student Life by the date of the SIOP Orientation Workshops
    • Due to COVID-19, the Student Initiated Outreach Program will have a different structure, application process, and format in the academic year 2020-2021. The SIOP Committee will support and encourage those groups that would like to offer-online outreach programs to high schools. 
      The application process will open in mid-November and the application deadline will be the first week of January 2021. In the meantime, contact us with your new ideas and questions about this new process and format. 
  • Each grant seeking RCO must have at least one Project Leader (outreach chair, coordinator, and/or intern) participate in the SIOP Orientation.
  • Grant funding is allocated towards an Outreach Project; RCOs may not apply separately for the same outreach project as it would be considered a double request.
  • The maximum SIOP grant award is $3,000.00 per outreach project. Grants cannot be applied retroactively. 
    • Awards may be applied to:
      • Office supplies (crucial to the execution of outreach project)

      • Media (e.g. projectors, computer lecterns, and computer rentals, etc.)   

      • Sofware needed to offer a virtual program 

      • Care packages

      • Other items that will enrich the virtual experience

      • Entertainment (e.g. DJ, speaker fees, artists)

    • Award may NOT be applied to:
      • Memorabilia (e.g. t-shirts, banners, lanyards, etc.)
      • Gifts & Prizes
      • Decorations      

Grant Criteria

Applications will be ranked by the committee based on those student organizations that best meet the established criteria. Applicants should make every effort to ensure the material contained in the packet is complete, accurate, and professionally presented.

  • The online application must be completed by the first week of January, 2021 (exact date TBD). 
  • Once the SIOP Coordinator has approved an application, student representatives from the organization will be scheduled to present a proposal to the SIOP Committee. Please come prepared to answer specific questions related to your proposed program and to respond to questions regarding your organization's previous year's outreach event.
  • Overall quality of the application packet (comprehensive funding questionnaire; complete and accurate budgets; well-organized proposal free of grammar, spelling and sentence structure errors)
  • Outreach to partnership schools including elementary, middle and junior high schools feeding into partnership schools.
  • Follow-up with SIOP participants after the outreach event (availing selves for questions, mentoring and continuing ongoing contact).
  • Success of past outreach events, based on past evaluations (if applicable).
  • Use of previous year's funding allocation, all or partial (if applicable).
  •  Completion of evaluations (submitted by deadline date, late or not submitted)

Grant Agreements

  • If funding is awarded to your project, at least one student representative is required to attend regular coordination meetings prior to the event. UCOP grant requires that the requesting student organization complete the following forms: pre-outreach program questionnaire for accepted participants, Participant Evaluations, Parent Evaluations (if applicable), Program Demographic Summary, Grant Evaluation and Admission Intake Forms within TWO WEEKS of the event. All forms are downloadable and can be found on Shoreline in the SIOP Portal by clicking on the ‘files’ tab and searching for the forms. NOTE: Organizations that fail to turn in the required evaluations within the specified time frame will not be eligible for funding the following year.
  • Evaluations must be submitted in person to the Office of Student Life, located on the second floor of the Student Resource Building. Please be sure that files are neatly collected and all information is legible.
  • Applicants are required to complete the 360 Event Planning Guide form and attend a Minor Events Committee Meeting (N/A for virtual programs). 

Project Implementation Guidelines

  • Project must be designed to provide preparation for eligibility to an institution of higher education and/or tools to assist historically underrepresented pre-college youth and transfer students.
  • Project must be implemented between January and May
    • No Outreach Projects shall be held the day of UCSB Open House. 
    • Events or activity prior to a grant application review will not be considered (event/activity must occur after the grant allocations have been distributed).
  • Project must include a 1 hour a-g/admissions presentation conducted or authorized by the Office of Admissions. 
  • Project must include a 1 hour financial aid presentation conducted or authorized by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.
  • Any projects that request overnight campus accommodations must be submitted to Housing & Residential Services by December 8th via Housing Overnightstay Form
    • Any questions should be directed to Billy Jankowski, wjankowski@housing.ucsb.edu, 805.893.5831  
  • Any projects that request dinning common meal tickets must be submitted 3 weeks prior. Reservations are based on group size (maximum 60 per outreach program) and availability. Any questions should be directed to Jayne Reimel, Assitant Director, Visitor Center (jayne.reimel@sa.ucsb.edu | (805) 893-2475