Finding the funding on campus can be fun and rewarding. Many students don’t realize the sheer number of places that you can go on a college campus to find funding for your event. There are so many places on campus that you can approach and ask for money. Most likely you will be looking for grants that are available on your campus. Most colleges have numerous budgets that you can pull money from. You are going to need to be a go-getter and have many conversations on campus. You will have to know how your event will benefit them. Finding the funding is all about being creative and being a problem solver. You will hear some no’s, but do not let that deter your mission.
Bonus Tip: You can also go into the community and look for local sponsors too. This will also help with the promotional side of things, but we will cover promotion in another post. 🙂
Following is a definitive list on finding the funding:
- Director or Coordinator of Student Activities
- Assistant Director/ Coordinator of Student Activities *Graduate Assistant
- Performing Arts – Department Chair
- Coordinator of Greek Life
- Director of Career Services
- Humanities – Department Chair
- Director of Residential Life
- Vice President of Student Affairs
- Life Skills Coordinator
- Nursing – Department Chair
- Student Government.
Grants/Student organizations can apply for operational funds to assist a group when promoting an On-Campus Event. Funds are usually requested by consulting your Student Government Organization. Remember that your organization must be registered on campus. You may also be able to qualify for a Co-Sponsored Event Grant if you wish to co-sponsor this event with another organization.
When finding the funding on campus look for ways to connect with other groups
- Lecture/Programming Board
- Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy – Department Chair
- Orientation Coordinator/First Year Experience
- Leadership Coordinator
- Dean of Students –
- Disability Services – ask them about how to comply with any ADA regulations as well.
“Asking for money is better over coffee than over a computer.” Jeff Henderson
This list should give you a great start on where you can look for funding on your campus. Make sure that their is some tie-in with your event and the department you are requesting money from. The better the tie-in and the better you can explain why this event will benefit them, this will increase your odds of securing funding. Depending on their interest level, they may be able to help the planning committee with some of their responsibilities. Once they give money, now they have some skin in the game. Most likely they will want to help in some other way. When having these conversations, if they want to help but don’t have money to give, see if they can help in another way. The easiest thing for them to help you with is promotion of the event. Maybe they can help spread the word on social media, put up posters, or give some type of class credit for attending. Going into these meetings with this dual approach will improve the chances of success for your event on campus.
Did you read our blog post about building a planning committee for your event? Read it here!
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