Funding Standards

The SORF Board establishes standards for which funding will be allocated within each specific funding category. The Board has the authority to maintain, amend, or create new criteria to determine how funding shall be disbursed. The Standards are used as guiding principles to ensure a fair process in the allocation of resources. Standards allow organizations insight into the expectations, specifically maximum allocations for each specific funding category. Given the Standards may be updated more than once a year, please be to review the Standards for any changes when submitting an application.

2020-2021 Funding Standards & Restrictions

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Objective Criteria

SORF Board members embrace the principles of honesty, fairness, integrity, and viewpoint neutrality. They do not make arbitrary decisions. SORF considers each application independently, evaluating each on its own merit. When making its decision, the Board considers a number of factors including:

  • Event is free of charge to all Illinois students and open to all member of the Illinois community.
  • Event/activity is fundamental to the success of the organization as it relates to the mission of the organization
  • Level of accessibility of the event to University students
  • The range of experiences the program can provide
  • Program expenses compared to the number of students served or impacted by event/activity
  • If similar activities are offered free through University departments or programs
  • Whether requested equipment is available for free or rent by other sources at a reasonable cost (departments, Office of Student Engagement)
  • Whether the organization has sought out co-sponsorships and/or collaborative efforts with other groups or organizations
  • Organization is contributing significant financial resources and not relying solely on SORF funding
  • Organization must be in compliance with the Student Code, especially Section 2-507 for Contractual Service requests

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