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Joint Council Co-Sponsorships

In order to increase campus unity and to better serve student groups, the four undergraduate student councils of Columbia University—Columbia College Student Council (CCSC), Engineering Student Council (ESC), General Studies Student Council (GSSC), and the Student Government Association (SGA)—created a joint committee in the Fall of 2010: the Joint Council Co-Sponsorship Committee (JCCC).

Please refer to the CCSC web site to review guidelines and download the co- sponsorship application.  

Alternative Break Program (ABP)

The ABP provides travel funds and other support for students who are interested in developing their own team-based civic engagement projects internationally, domestically, or locally. The travel and civic engagement project must take place over one of the academic breaks -- spring, summer, winter. The funds come in the form of matching grants. Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, General Studies and Barnard College students are eligible for the funds, but any Columbia University student can participant in the civic engagement project and serve on the team. The civic engagement projects need to be based on the 5 Pathways to Service and the funds can only be applied to travel expenses. (transportation, lodging, food, etc.)

The ABP will also help you organize and run your team's trip from start to finish!

To learn more about the 5 Pathways to Service, resource available, guidelines, and deadlines, visit the ABP website or email us.

Diversity Initiative Grant 

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) Diversity Initiative Grant (DIG) is available to student organizations recognized by Columbia College and Columbia Engineering to support events that fulfill one or more of the following objectives:

  • Fostering diversity education 
  • Promoting multicultural awareness
  • Creating avenues for cross-cultural dialogue
  • Supporting inter-group communication and collaboration 

Programs seeking support must be academic or educational such as lectures panels, book talks, debates, forums, or film screenings. Social events such as cultural showcases, parties, talent or fashion shows, are not eligible for support from the Diversity Initiative Grant. In order to be considered for funding, the following criteria must be fulfilled:  

  • Sponsoring organizations must be recognized by the ABC, SGB, IGC, Community Impact, or Club Sports  
  • Proposed events must be co-sponsored by at least two recognized organizations 
  • Goals of the event must clearly promote cultural awareness and diversity education at Columbia 
  • All events must take place on the Morningside Campus  

Proposals must be received a minimum of two weeks prior to the proposed date of the program and decisions will be made within five business days of submission. Proposals should be submitted to the Office of Multicultural Affairs by e-mail, by fax at 212-854-9801, or in person at 510 Lerner Hall.

The President’s and Provost’s Student Initiative Fund

The President’s and Provost’s Student Initiative Fund is available to all recognized Columbia University student organizations. It provides financial support to projects which benefit the University community through first-time initiatives that foster inter-group communication, collaboration, and educational programming on campus. While this fund generally supports new and innovative programs, organizations that received funding in the past are encouraged to apply for funding for any new initiatives.  

Each semester the President and Provost make $10,000 available specifically for funding undergraduate initiatives. The review committee currently includes representatives from Columbia College, Barnard College, Columbia School of General Studies, and Columbia Engineering. Each semester this committee is charged with awarding funds to those applications that best align with these goals.  

A project or event should:

  • Be a first-time event and/or program
  • Cross school and university boundaries
  • Benefit the University community
  • Promote inter-group communication and collaboration
  • Be cultural, educational, or social in nature

Information and applications are posted on the Lerner Hall Web site during the first two months of the Fall and Spring semesters. For further information, please refer to the University Event Management Web site.

The Office of the University Chaplain Co-Sponsorship Fund

The Office of the University Chaplain Co-Sponsorship Fund is available to Columbia University’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. This fund provides administrative and financial support to programs that focus on religion, spirituality, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, gender, social justice, and community service.

The Office of the University Chaplain Co-Sponsorship Fund is available for recurring events, as well as first-time innovative programs. This year the fund will only be awarded during the Spring semester. Proposals that are accepted are required to submit a flyer or invitation to the Office of the University Chaplain prior to the event and a one-page essay on how their event(s) contributed to strengthening coherence and unity at the University following the event. “The Office of the University Chaplain” must appear on all publicity including posters, flyers, calendars, newspaper advertisements and broadcast messages as a co-sponsor of the event.   

For further information, please contact the Office of the University Chaplain 

Student Group Co-Sponsorship

Consult with other student organizations recognized by the University to find groups that may be interested in organizing and co-sponsoring an event with you. For a list of organizations and Web sites, you can refer to the website of each governing board or refer to LionLink.  

Sponsorship with Other Schools

You must receive your adviser’s approval before approaching a group from another institution or inviting students from other universities to an event. Any off-campus advertising must be approved by your adviser and admission policies applicable to the event must be clearly explained in publicity. Additional conditions regarding security and guest lists will be determined based on the specifics of your event. It is highly recommended that co-sponsorships with other schools are arranged through a signed contract. 

Kraft Family Fund for Intercultural and Interfaith Awareness

The Kraft Family Fund is administered by the Office of the University Chaplain and encourages recognized student groups at Columbia University and Barnard College to collaborate on projects that promote intercultural and interfaith awareness. Sponsored programs will provide students with timely and appropriate venues for exploring controversial issues and resolving conflicts in a manner that promotes greater understanding among Columbia University students of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.  

Projects eligible for consideration will bring together two or more recognized student, cultural, and/or faith-based groups that seek to advance intercultural and/or interfaith awareness through interaction and an open exchange of ideas. Eligible projects may also be collaborative projects between a recognized student religious or cultural group and the Office of the University Chaplain. They may involve events that take place off campus or entail training and education projects. Projects that meet the guidelines of the fund will include a wide range of activities, events, and discussions that bring together students and create shared opportunities for learning and dialogue that emphasize the intersection of the unique relationships between culture, religion, race, and ethnicity.  

Recognized student groups that are interested in applying must schedule a brief meeting with Kraft Fund administrators to review their proposal before applications are accepted. The review committee will meet after the application deadline to make decisions on projects that will be awarded. No project will be funded retroactively. Only after an award confirmation is received should groups begin allocating monies from the Kraft Fund. E-mail the Kraft Fund or visit the Office of the University Chaplain for additional information.   

The Gatsby Student Arts Fund

This purpose of the Gatsby Student Arts Fund, which is managed by CUArts, is to inspire the creation of new and non-curricular student artwork and enrich students’ endeavors in the arts. It is open to all student groups, but groups may only receive funding once per fiscal year (July— June) and applications are accepted once per semester. Please refer to the CUArts Gatsby Grant web site for additional information about the grants application processes. 

SEAS Dean Travel Fund

A fund open to SEAS undergraduate students who are members of university-recognized student organizations that engage in competitions, conferences, or service. The fund is developed by the Dean of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, with administrative support from the CC/CE Division of Student Affairs/ Office of Student Engagement.

Track 1: Competition/Conference Networking Event- This track is for SEAS students involved in recognized undergraduate engineering groups who participate in competitions, conferences and networking events. These funds can be either awarded to an individual SEAS student who is deemed in good standing with an engineering group (usually by the organization president or adviser) or directly to a specific engineering-focused student group.  The awards can total up to 50% of the total requested amount and are granted only once during the academic year.

Track 2: Service Trip: Service Support Grant - This track is for SEAS undergraduate students who have demonstrated financial need – verified by the Office of Financial Aid, and who are participating in service trips. Awards are made to an individual but can be requested by either an individual or a service group on behalf of their engineering school members who may have need.  The awards can total up to 50% of the total requested amount and are granted only once during the academic year.

For further information, please email Zuleica Lopez, Assistant Director of Leadership and Civic Engagement

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