Important information to review before proceeding to application

We know you have plenty to read for your classes, but we would appreciate your attention for just a moment before you apply for funding.

Since many organization leaders are new to SOFC funding because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had some misunderstandings in the recent past. Please review the following key points:

  • SOFC operates on a reimbursement basis. At this time, we are unable to give you the money we awarded unless you already paid for something and you can show a payment from an accountwhether that is your SOAS account, personal credit card or bank account, or some other payment. We can't pay invoices, payment requests, etc. 

    • ​To be clear: We can absolutely give you an award before you pay for something. We just can't transfer the money until you show payment.
       

  • We only make transfers directly to your SOAS account. We do not reimburse students directly, nor will we make direct payments to vendors.
     

  • We accept only one application per organization per wave. You can apply on an application for an unlimited number of expenses, and you can apply during each wave, but we do not accept multiple applications for the same organization in the same wave.
     

  • We only consider funding expenses for the current semester, with a brief backdating period to the end of last semester (after the last application cycle closed). For spring-summer 2022, this means that your proof of payment must show a payment date sometime between April 1, 2022 and August 16, 2022. If expenses are after August 16, please apply during the fall term. If they are before April 1, we regret that we cannot fund those expenses anymore.

Most importantly, you must regularly review our funding policies at this link. Whether you read them or not, we will hold you and your organization accountable to them. We never want to take action against your organization to enforce these policies, but to ensure the integrity of our process, we have to uphold these as fairly and equitably as possible.

A final note: we anticipate receiving over $250,000 in funding requests this semester on a very low budget (our revenue is based on enrollment and spring-summer enrollment is lower than during the academic year). Because of the ever-increasing costs of goods and services due to inflation and supply chain issues, the fact that our $9.19 per semester fee has not been raised in almost a decade, and that CSG's elected officials have shifting priorities, we do not anticipate having enough funds to cover even half of the requests we receive. Please know that a small award is not necessarily a reflection of the quality of your application or the importance of your programming; rather, it is likely due to factors far outside our control. Regardless, we hope that whatever we can provide is helpful to you.

By continuing to the funding application, you are agreeing to our funding policies.