Funding

Welcome to the Funding Branch.

The Funding Branch is 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 the Treasurer (usgfunds@usc.edu) or one of the funding directors 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.

Resources

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Visual Guide to Funding

Below is a visual guide that provides a glance at what the different boards can and cannot fund. Please keep in mind that this visual guide is not all inclusive in its details, so please click on each Fund’s name to read all the Funding policies as it applies to each fund. For more details, please refer to our USG Funding Branch Guidelines.

Sample Funding Presentation

Take a look at a sample PowerPoint presentation used for applying to a funding board below. A special thanks to the Trojan Knights for letting us upload their presentation as a sample.

ACADEMIC RESEARCH FUND

The purpose of the Academic Research Fund is to provide support for undergraduate students who conduct research projects, attend academic conferences, and pursue other research-oriented academic interests.

Meetings: Monday 6pm-7pm
Contact: Colin Heath, pafund@usc.edu

DISCRETIONARY FUND

The Discretionary Board is established to fund programming events by recognized student organizations. It is the board’s goal to sponsor events that are entertaining, cultural, and/or educational, which cater to the entire student body.

Meetings: Tuesday 5pm-6pm
Contact: Mike Shao, discfund@usc.edu

DISCRETIONARY STARTUP FUND

The Discretionary Startup Application is an accessory to the Discretionary Funding Board established to promote student participation in the fostering of new ideas and ventures in leadership on campus. We provide funding to new student organizations for the purpose of promoting their brand and attracting a membership base. All applications will be forwarded to the Director of Discretionary Funds and processed by the Discretionary Funding Board.

Meetings: Wednesday 5pm-6pm
Contact: Mikee Salud, discfund@usc.edu

LEADERSHIP FUND

The Leadership Fund provides funds for organizations to hold or attend events that foster and promote leadership development.

Meetings: Tuesday 5pm-6pm
Contact: Victor Qiu, leadfund@usc.edu

PHILANTHROPY FUND

The Philanthropy Fund provides funds for organizations to do hands-on community service and outreach.

Meetings: Wednesday 6pm-7pm
Contact: Joy Wada,  philfund@usc.edu

PROFESSIONAL FUND

The purpose of this fund is to provide funding for events programmed by student-run, undergraduate organizations that host events that help educate and advance students’ future professional careers.

Meetings: Monday 6pm-7pm 
Contact: Colin Heath, pafund@usc.edu