Funding for Student Activities

Student Programs provides two ways for students, staff, and faculty to apply for funding and logistical support for student led co-curricular activities. Funds are available through Student Clubs and the Event and Professional Development Funds. These are both funded by money from the Services & Activities Fee

Co-curricular activities are an important part of a college experience. They are opportunities for students to engage in professional development and build community. Student Programs' objective in providing these funding options for students is to: 

  • Reduce barriers for requesting event and activity funds
  • Encourage students' focus on professional development and community building activities
  • Provide equitable access to an increasingly limited fund, due to budget constraints

Funds Available

In 2019-2020 the budget breakdown will be as follows. Changes are anticipated with future budget allotments.

  • Active student clubs will receive $300 for the year (decrease from $300/quarter during 2018-2019) for small events. Clubs will only need to renew once per academic year.
  • $5,000 for a designated Professional Development Fund. Activities related to professional development, on- or off-campus.
  • $3,000 for designated Community Building Events Fund. Activities that bring larger groups of people together, on- or off-campus.
  • Student clubs are formally recognized and supported groups of students whose purpose is to regularly engage in activities or events as a group.
  • These student clubs are intended to provide places for students to build consistent community with each other, have leadership opportunities, and contribute to their professional and personal growth. Student clubs are intended to enhance their educational experience at LWTech.
  • Clubs are for groups of students that want to have regular small, on-campus activities or events as a community around a common interest, program, or identity.
  • These clubs do not require an advisor; Student Programs staff will support students with their activities.
  • The benefits of being in a club include having a consistent group of students to develop community with the opportunity to be a club officer and develop leadership skills. Additionally, funding is available with minimal barriers to use for small purchases.
  • In 2019-2020, active student clubs will receive $300 (for the entire year) to spend on small events or projects as a club.
  • Clubs can apply for additional funding for larger events or professional development opportunities. Students are not required to be a part of a club in order to apply for funding.
  • Read more about Clubs and how to start and participate in them.
  • The Associated Student Government (ASG) set aside money from the Services & Activities Fee to provide funding for students to have community building events and professional development opportunities. These events and activities are intended to enhance their educational experience at LWTech.
  • In 2019-2020, the Community Building Event Fund has $3,000 and the Professional Development Fund has $5,000. This money is awarded during 5 application cycles throughout the academic year.
  • A committee of 5 LWTech students will review applications and score them on a rubric. They will award money to requests based on their score and the amount of funds available.
  • Any currently enrolled LWTech student or a LWTech faculty/staff member (full or part-time). Each request must have at least one faculty/staff sponsor who will attend the event/activity and one student planner. Either person can complete the application.
  • Students do not need to be a member of a club or student organization in order to request funds, but clubs can also request funds.
  • Read more about Event Funds and how to apply.

Any student can request money from the Event and Professional Development Fund, but only formally recognized Student Clubs are eligible for the benefits and funds available for clubs. 

Club funds can only be used for small, on-campus events or activities that cost less than $150. So, for any other kind of activity clubs will need to apply for money from the Event and Professional Development Fund.

How to determine if you should create a club:

  • If you want to have frequent events or activities with the same group of students, having a club can be a helpful way to do that. 
  • If there is not a currently active club that aligns with your interests, you can create one. More information is available about how to start a club.
  • If you only have a few events during the year, and they are larger community building events and/or professional development opportunities, it is not necessary to continue as a club.
  • Any student is eligible to request funding through the Community Building Event Fund or Professional Development Fund. So clubs are only necessary for students who want to do on-going activities.
  • If you’re not sure if you should create a club or just submit a fund request, contact Student Programs and we will help you figure it out.