Welcome to the funding DEPARTMENT!
We’re here to offer our support to student programs, ideas, and development. If you’re interested in funding, please look over the information and resources below. Determine what your funding needs are, and review the policies for such. After reviewing the policies, you will have the chance to proceed to the actual funding applications.
Please contact email@example.com if you have questions. Student organizations and individuals who reach out with their funding questions and concerns are more successful in the funding process than those who do not.
As of December 1, 2023, here is the Estimated Remaining Funding in the Department:
Total Remaining $107,078.76 out of $349,000
As of December 1, 2023, the Funding Department is no longer accepting applications for events occurring in the Fall or the first six-eight weeks of the Spring semester. Applications will open again on January 10, 2024, for events happening on or after February 19, 2024.
USG Funding Application
This form is to be used by Recognized Student Organizations and USC undergraduate students to request funds from the USG Funding Department. Funding applications will be open once a week on Wednesdays and close at 11:59 PM.
The application breakdown presentation below debriefs what each board can and cannot fund. For the full guidelines breakdown, see the linked funding guidelines.
Within our department, we have the ability to allocate up to $349,000 toward undergraduate students and RSOs throughout the school year.
Professional & Academic Fund
The Professional/Academic Research Fund shall provide funding for events programmed by recognized student organizations that help educate and advance students’ future professional careers and academic research projects conducted by either a USC undergraduate student or a group of USC students, the majority of which are undergraduate students.
The Philanthropy Fund shall provide funding for community service projects sponsored by recognized student organizations.
Social & Recreation/Startup Fund
The Social and Recreation/Startup Fund shall provide funding for events programmed by recognized student organizations to celebrate, highlight, or foster a sense of community for the student group and student organizations first registered with the Office of Campus Activities within the last two academic semesters (fall or spring) for the use of promotion and membership recruitment.
Performing & Visual Arts Fund
The Performing and Visual Arts Fund shall provide funding for events programmed by recognized student organizations to celebrate, highlight, or foster a sense of community.
For more info on application deadline windows, view the breakdown here.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get funding? Where is the application?
To apply for funding, make sure you have thoroughly reviewed the Funding Guidelines and the Funding Guidelines Modules during the RSO Recognition process. USG Funding will process payments on your behalf. The USG Funding Application can be accessed through EngageSC.
How much funding is available per organization?
Individual organizations can receive a maximum of $8,000 from the USG Funding Department per year.
When should I submit my application?
Applications must be submitted on Wednesdays by 11:59 PM six academic weeks before the event date when using an approved vendor, and eight academic weeks before the event date for new vendors and travel. Please review the Funding Application Deadlines for eligible event dates and submission deadlines.
My organization has received funding in the past but was denied, why is that?
Funding is not guaranteed and depends on various factors, and we recommend submitting applications early and exploring other funding sources throughout USC.
What are other sources of funding besides USG?
Students have several options for funding, including fundraising, crowdfunding through IgniteSC, membership fees, USC Academic Departments, USC Grants, fellowships or scholarships, programming assemblies and committees, partnering with other RSOs, and receiving donations from donors or USC alumni.