Funding Your Event
We recommend beginning the funding process as early as possible when planning an event. Once your group has a detailed budget for the proposed event, you should begin approaching funding sources to request financial support. The two most common financial supporters of student organizations are ODUS and the USG Projects Board. However, a number of other funding sources may be available to you, depending upon the scope of your event. Please review the options below for more information on student group funding.
Projects Board is the funding arm of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and is responsible for distributing the majority of the funds that support student organization events. The Projects Board also grants funding on behalf of ODUS, the Woodrow Wilson School Fund, the Publications Fund, the Vice President for Campus Life's Venture Fund, and the Politics Department. ODUS, ORL, and Pace groups are all eligible for Projects Board funding. The Board meets every Thursday during the academic year.
The Alcohol Initiative supports social alternatives that take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 10:00pm to 2:00am (or at other times during which students are likely to engage in high-risk drinking). The committee meets on the first and third Friday of every month.
ODUS Conference Fund
Student organizations may apply for funding to attend conferences and events off campus. Students interested in applying for conference funding must make an appointment with Jeanne R. Laymon '11, ODUS Program Coordinator. In preparation for this meeting, students should prepare a detailed budget delineating all costs relating to the conference, highlighting those costs the group would like ODUS to cover, and identifying potential attendees. Students should note that this source of funding is very limited and is only available to groups whose off-campus travel will ultimately benefit the greater campus community.
Academic and Administrative Departments
Student organizations are encouraged to contact academic and administrative departments for funding and co-sponsorship of events. When seeking funding from these sources, students should prepare thoughtful proposals and detailed budgets that can be given to an academic department manager or administrator.