Students can start a club for any interest or hobby, but fulfilling a club mission often requires financial assistance. UCCS offers a variety of financial assistance options for clubs that need help paying for events, travel and merchandise.
Most finances for clubs come from SGA, which creates a new budget every year to accommodate club expenses. Clubs can request funding in two categories in the amount of up to $5,000 per year for concrete expenses.
For the 2022-23 school year, SGA has made a few changes.
Coordinator of student clubs, Mallory Tuhkanen, explained that clubs used to be able to request up to $5,000 for any expenses. Now, clubs can request up to $3,000 for events or durable goods and up to $2,000 for travel per school year, she said.
To request funding from SGA, club leaders must submit an application on Mountain Lion Connect, including a quote for the specific funding need. Then, a member of the club must attend a Budget Advisory Committee meeting, where committee members approve or deny the request.
SGA funding is available to student clubs, but the money is first come, first serve. “Those funds sometimes go really fast, and so we encourage clubs really to apply as soon as they know they’re going to need it,” Tuhkanen said.
A separate SGA reimbursement fund called Club Cash allocates up to $100 per academic year for smaller financial needs like printing and supplies.
While there are opportunities for large financial assistance for clubs from SGA, there are some funding opportunities available to certain club missions.
MOSAIC has a President’s Fund that offers financial assistance to clubs furthering diversity and inclusion on campus. An application for the President’s Fund is on MOSAIC’s Mountain Lion Connect Page.
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