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 Assistance Fund
The Student Activities Assistance Fund (SAAF, formerly known as 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 SAAF 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 SAAF info page.
Associated Student Government Allocations
ASG Affinity Fund
ASG Community Building Grant
The ASG Community Building Grant is back!
The purpose of the Community Building Grant is to provide the student body’s various student organizations a means to develop and strengthen the bonds within those organizations and the communities they represent. Furthermore, the CBG will allow for more development of safe-spaces on campus, further acknowledgement of identity and affinity based communities and investment towards a more inclusive and supportive campus for all. Learn more and apply online.
ASG Wild Ideas Grant
Barrier-Free Grants *UPDATED 10/5/21
SOA has created the Barrier Free Grant to support student organizations and events that encourage a positive and inclusive experience for the NU community. Registered student organizations in good standing are eligible for up to $500 in grant funding per academic year if their organization allows members to join without any recruitment barriers to support an event, activity, or initiative. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until the fund runs out. Application available on Wildcat Connection.
Co-Sponsoring with Other Student Groups of Campus Departments
Hillel Make It Happen Grant
The InclusionNU Fund is a grant distributed by Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) that supports registered Northwestern University student organizations in implementing programs and initiatives that align with MSA's mission of supporting marginalized communities and creating an inclusive and welcoming campus. Please be sure to review the InclusionNU website carefully for application windows and deadlines.