Funding Your Student Organization
Funds can be generated in numerous ways: by applying for student fee money disseminated by the student government, asking members to pay dues, applying for grants, finding sponsors or partners, or raising money through fundraising campaigns. In order to be eligible for university or student government monies, or to claim non-profit status for fundraising, groups must be recognized as Registered Student Organizations or CalGreeks Fraternities or Sororities through the LEAD Center.
See this Funding Guide for an overview of all campus funding sources for student groups.
The ASUC is responsible for allocating student activity fee money ($27.50 per student per semester) to student organizations. All RSOs are eligible to apply for these funds.
Annual Budgeting Process
Most of the ASUC funds are allocated to student organizations during the annual spring budgeting process. This process is open to both currently sponsored organizations and those wishing to obtain sponsorship. Groups must reapply every year.
- FEBRUARY: Funding applications are available at http://www.asuc.org
- EARLY MARCH: Applications are due
- MID-APRIL: Tentative awards are posted and sent to groups
- LATE-APRIL: If your organization is not happy with your allocation, you have the ability to appeal the tentative award amount
- MAY: Funding amounts are finalized and the senate passes the official budget
- JULY 1: Allocated funds become available to use
Senate Contingency Fund Process
If an RSO does not request funding during the Annual Budget Process, needs more money than they originally anticipated, or is newly formed, funding is still available throughout the academic year through the Senate Contingency Funding.
- Fill out the appropriate form on the Senate’s CalLink Page (please note submissions are only accepted during the fall and spring semesters)
- Your request will be presented to the senate as part of the weekly agenda
- The request will be evaluated by the finance committee (FiComm)
- The request will be voted on by the entire ASUC Senate
- Allocated funds are deposited into your accounts
This process takes approximately two to three weeks to complete. If you do not see the allocated funds in your accounts by the Monday following the full senate vote, please follow up with your advisor.
Graduate Assembly Funds
Graduate Assembly funding comes from a portion of the $27.50/semester student activity fee. The Graduate Assembly Funding Committee allocates funds to student organizations that are made up primarily graduate students at the beginning of each semester. Groups are eligible to apply for funding in four categories:
- Graduate Meetings, Events, and Resources (GMER) Funds: Provide support for meetings and the general operations of a graduate student group.
- Grants: Fund events, projects, and activities in the areas of student activism, campus diversity, community service, and educational improvement.
- Publication Funds: Provide funding for student journals and student group newsletters.
- Contingency Funds: Provide funding for events, projects, or activities that (a) could not be anticipated and applied for in the normally scheduled funding application process; (b) occur outside the regular funding round timelines, i.e. during academic breaks from December to January and May to August; or (c) are not covered under other categories.
For applications, deadlines, and complete details, please visit the Graduate Assembly’s website.
If you are conducting a fundraiser on campus, you must be certified to collect donations. You become certified by completing the Fundraising Certification Quiz. If you are collecting cash donations or entrance fees, please be sure to familiarize yourself with our Cash Handling Guidelines.
If a donor is requesting proof of nonprofit status or a Tax ID number in exchange for their donation, please fill out the Request for Use of the Non-Profit Tax ID Number.
RSOs who wish to do larger fundraising campaigns and want to be able to accept online payments can sign up for an account with Give to Cal. To do this, you must make an appointment and discuss it with your LEAD Center Advisor.
Other Funding Opportunities
Student Opportunity Fund (SOF): Student Opportunity Funds are granted to provide support for events and activities, both co-curricular and academic, that are planned by and for Cal Students.
Crowdfunding: Crowdfunding at Berkeley is a great option to raise money for your organization. Students are able to set up month-long campaigns to raise money through the online portal.
Greek Opportunity Fund: The ASUC may fund fraternities and sororities that are members of the certain campus councils: IFC, PHC, NPHC, or MCGC events that focus on community service, educational enhancement and more.
Ethnic Studies’ 5th Account: Funds are available for student group projects, activities or events that are ethnic-specific and educational to the general campus community.
ASUC Academic Affairs Vice President Grants: Student groups who wish to put on programs or events that will benefit the larger Cal community may apply for these funds.
UC Berkeley Public Service Center Student Initiated Community Projects: This sponsorship provides groups with leadership training, advising, and a grant to finance their service activities.
The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF): TGIF offers grants for sustainability projects on UC Berkeley’s campus.
BIG GIVE: Participate with the BIG GIVE, Berkeley’s one day online fundraising campaign in November. This is your student group’s chance to solicit donations from members, friends, family, and more. Sign-ups happen in the Fall semester through the LEAD Center.