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October 24, 2013

How-to of SGA funding for student orgs

By Alberto Paneccasio

Student Organizations at Cleveland State University primarily receive funding through different avenues from the Student Government Association.

The funding process does have a few steps that everyone should be aware of. Officers of each group should fill out the budget request form on OrgSync. There are five application deadlines this year.

These groups such as The Accounting Association, Net Impact, The American Chemical Society, Urban Health Interest Group and many fraternities and sororities are just a few examples of some student organizations on campus that can get funding.

SGA helps the student organizations to either start off the year or help put on big events throughout the year.

“Student Government will fund up to $5,000 a year to each student group,” said Jake Wehner, Student Government Treasurer.

There are about 200 student organizations on campus and the process to secure funding is competitive. Student organizations have to file an application have to file an application and then attend a hearing process with the SGA.

The student organizations submit funding requests through what is known as OrgSync and they have to attend a hearing to discuss their request that they demand with the Student Government Association finance committee. The Finance committee presents a funding recommendation for each one of the student groups to the SGA senate who then votes to approve or deny or modify it.

Each student organization can request $250 once a year that SGA sends to them without a hearing. This money is used to help whichever groups get started for the year.

The Finance Committee of SGA considers the requests and prepares a funding recommendation to present to the Senate.

The funds that we give are allocated and comes from tuition, the Senate must vote to approve funding allocations.

After the Senate approves the recommendation, the funds are transferred into the "Student Organizations" of each group and then it can be spent.

SGA partners with ‘Viking Expeditions to help fund organizations as well. So while student government can fund up to $5,000 a year to each student group. Of that money, no more than $2,000 can be spent on off-campus events.

This is where ‘Viking Expeditions’ comes in and helps funds up to $3,000 a year for service and philanthropic events.

Not all groups take advantage of this simple process. According to data from the finance Committee of SGA, student government funded 68 student organizations a total of $141,000.

“Student Government has three core competencies: Providing Information, Advocating for students, and providing Opportunities for Involvement. SGA Funding is one of the ways we provide opportunities for involvement and we are a resource for student organizations to get funds and own their experience on campus, said Wehner.

Information about this process the application deadlines can be found on SGA's website: csusga.com

2013-2014 Funding Application Deadlines:

Friday, November. 1, 2013.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Friday February, 21, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014