The Student Involvement Sponsorship Grant, formerly the Student Programming Fund (SPF), exists to assist student organizations in funding cultural, educational, and social events.  Organizations can request up to $500 in funding. This grant helps support the programmatic costs of events. Student organizations can request funding for the following:

 Food for events that are not covered by the WSA

  • Supplies (ex. Plates, Table Cloths, Utensils, Art Supplies, Decorations etc.)
  • Vendor Fees
  • Honorariums (up to $500)

The grant will not fund:

  • Travel
  • Department programs/initiatives (including RA programs)
  • Costumes/clothing/personalized clothing
  • Items for personal use
  • Items for fundraising purposes (including items for Late Nights)
  • Graduate student programs
  • Conference registrations
  • Concerts
  • Rider items


  • The student submitting a sponorship grant request must do so on behalf of a WSA recognized organization. Students cannot request funds on behalf of a department or individual.
  • The event must contribute to the educational or cultural life of the University and/or help to build a sense of community at Wesleyan. Events must be open to the entire campus community. Please note: The maximum amount approved will be $500.
  • Funds are not guaranteed, and organizations should not rely on the Student Involvement Sponsorship Grant as their main source of funding. Due to the limited funds available, first time requests will be given priority over organizations who have submitted multiple requests.
  • The grant will not fund:
    • Requests that haven’t been submitted per the policy
    • Events that violate the code of non-academic conduct or University policy
    • Alcoholic beverages, spirits, tobacco products, controlled or illegal substances
    • Donations, gifts, or prizes (including gift cards)
    • Purchases made at WesShop or using WesPoints
    • Any event taking place as part of a Residential Life RA program
    • Set-up fees normally covered by the SBC
    • Honoraria or expenses for current faculty, staff, students
    • Concerts or Rider items for concerts
    • Students/student organizations requesting money on behalf of a department or university initiative (includes collaborations/co-sponsorships)
    • Start-up funds for a student organization or charity fundraiser.
    • Travel costs or conference registration for individuals or student organizations. Student attendance to off campus events will only be considered if a concrete plan for benefiting the larger campus is presented
    • Any outside contractor or non-University employee that acts as a coach for a sports team or athletic/fitness event (ie. boxing, yoga, fencing, etc.)
    • Any event which may create or contribute to a hostile or unsafe environment in accordance with Wesleyan's Non-Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy

 Requesting funds:

  • Only WSA recognized student organizations can request funding.
  • Applications must be submitted no later than the Monday, three (3) weeks prior to your event (ex. Your event is on October 1st, the SPF application must be completed by September 9th). However, organizations are encouraged to apply before that time. Applications are due no later than 8:59am on Mondays; all questions must be answered in full to be considered. Retroactive requests will not be considered. Student organizations are encouraged to apply for funding early as funding is limited and is provided on a first come-first serve basis.
  • Once an application is submitted Student Involvement will conduct a preliminary review of the application to make sure that the basic eligibility requirements are met, this preliminary review is done on Mondays between 9am-12pm. After the preliminary review, Student Involvement will send an email to schedule a meeting to discuss your application and event in full details. During this meeting, purchase options, contract reviews, and event logistics will be finalized.

Requirements to Receive Funding:

  • Groups will be required to submit a statement of agreement within 72 hours or receiving funding.
  • Advertising for events that receive grant money must list Student Involvement as a co-sponsor. Before money is released, a copy of the advertisement must be submitted.
  • All funding will be distributed through direct purchasing or reimbursements. Student Involvement will not transfer money into your organization’s smart key, department smart keys, or reimburse other departments for expenses.
  • Student organizations must complete a Student Involvement grant fund evaluation survey no later than 5 days following the event. Failure to do so will result in the organization becoming ineligible to request funding from the grant in the future. Reimbursements will not be processed until the evaluation is completed.


Multiple Requests:

Although a student organization can apply multiple times for funding, priority will be given to organizations who are applying for the first time.

Student Involvement Sponsorship Grant Application: