Funding

Registered student organizations and their members have many opportunities to seek funding through institutional grants, student government allocations, individual financial need, and more. Please browse the appropriate opportunities below that best fits your or your group's needs.

Note that crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, GoFundMe, and IndieGogo are strictly prohibited for fundraising for Northwestern registered student organizations. If you do not find your solution among the opportunities below, please connect with your advisor.

Student Activities Scholarship Fund (updated October 17, 2017)

The Student Activities Scholarship Fund (SASF) was established in 2012 as a supplemental grant to assist students in registered student organizations with financial support to participate fully in their student organization’s programs and events. Student groups such as dance teams, service organizations, and a cappella groups often require their members to pay for group trips, supplies, and competitions. The SASF is meant to help reduce the financial burden these activities may cause students.


The fund is meant to help those students who could not afford to participate without any external aid. This is a grant for individuals, not organizations. If multiple members of a group require assistance, they must each fill out an individual application. Examples of grantable expenses would include costume expenses for a student in a student organization theater production or travel expenses for a student attending a conference with their student group. FAQs, more information, and the application link can be found on the SASF info page.

Associated Student Government Allocations

The student activity fee supports nearly 130 registered student organizations at Northwestern each year. Find your ASG account executive (Tier 1 groups) or group executive (Tier 2 groups) or Student Activities Resources Committee representative (non-ASG funded groups) online for information about funding guidelines, deadlines, and other information related to ASG student group funding.

ASG Wild Ideas Grant

Part of a student group that is seeking above and beyond funding for a special project or program that will enhance the Northwestern community? Apply for a Wild Ideas grant (also open to individual students, not just registered groups). More information found on the Wildcat Connection application page here.

Campus Life Barrier-Free Grants

Campus Life is restarting a student group grant program to encourage more access and inclusion for student-led initiatives and events. Please visit back in Winter 2018 or follow the SOA Facebook page for updates.

Catalyzer

Catalyzer, Northwestern’s crowdfunding platform managed by Alumni Relations and Development, enables registered students groups to raise money for projects that make an impact—socially, culturally, and globally. Through Catalyzer, student groups have raised money to launch new programming, bring in dynamic speakers, facilitate workshops, and more! Catalyzer projects benefit the broader Northwestern community, further the mission of the University, and include an educational component. Student groups can apply to participate in a fall, #CATSGiveBack, winter, or spring Catalyzer project cycle. More information and how to apply can be found here.

Corporate Engagement

There are often opportunities to connect with corporate sponsors who already have a relationship with Northwestern or your cause. Student groups have a designated corporate engagement officer who will work directly with you to make sure your fundraising efforts are compliant with Northwestern policy and meet your goals. Visit the Office of Corporate Engagement (OCE) site for resources, and be sure to connect directly with your RSO advisor plus Emma Walsh or the appropriate representative from OCE.

Co-Sponsoring with Other Student Groups or Campus Departments

Many student groups seeking to sponsor or host an event that is bigger than their budget will pool resources with similar groups, their graduate/professional student equivalent group or university offices that share their interest or cause. Wondering if that group is out there? Visit Wildcat Connection and search the database. Many large budget events with popular draws are the result of collaborations and cooperations with budgets, personnel, and marketing efforts.

InclusionNU Fund

Multicultura Student Affairs (MSA) Office's InclusionNU fund supports student organizations in implementing programs that promote Identity Awareness, Skills Development, and Coalitions and Partnerships. Student organizations can receive up to $1,500 to support their programs and events. More information about the fund including application details and deadlines can be found on the MSA website here.

More Opportunities

Student Organizations & Activities and the Alumni Relations & Development offices occasionally hear about opportunities for student groups to fundraise throughout the year. Information about these options are included in the SOA Newsletter emailed to presidents & treasurers. Connect with your president or treasurer or scroll down to the the news section on the SOA Wildcat Connection page for more details.