Cool Resources for Student Group Funding

1. GSSC Co-Sponsorships
The goal of the General Studies Finance Committee is to enrich student life through financial support of established student clubs and organizations. To apply, please use the Cosponsorship Request Form and also send an email to!
Click here for the Co-sponsorship request form

2. GS Student Life Allocations Board
The GS Student Life Allocations Board provides financial support to individual GS students and student organizations for events and initiatives that support the GS community. Applicants seeking funding may either be recognized GS student organizations, unrecognized student clubs at GS, or individual GS students wishing to receive funding from GS Student Life and the Dean of Students Office. Funding requests will be reviewed by the Allocations Board, which consists of GS staff members and three student committee members (who applied and have been selected to serve on the committee).
To apply for funding, submit the application.
If you have any questions regarding the GS Student Life Allocations Board or the funding application please contact

3. 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).

This fund covers new events, emergency funding, and subsidized travel for recognized and unrecognized student groups (although, if unrecognized, you should find a recognized group to help!).

Please refer to the Joint Finance Committee web site to review guidelines and apply online. For any general questions, you can email

4. Capital Investment Fund (CIF)
-The Capital Investment Fund was created to address the need of student groups who have difficulties securing funding for large-scale overhauls of equipment or supplies.

Such groups only need an injection of supplemental funds every 3-5 years for revamping now-outdated equipment or technology in order to remain modern, effective, and/or safe. Examples might include Columbia TV’s need to purchase new cameras or Columbia Kayaking’s need to replace their boats for safety reasons. These groups have struggled to finance necessary purchases because of high overhead and historically-based allocations.

The Capital Investment Fund is capped at $20,000, and awards are granted in the Fall Term and in the Spring Term. Student groups who apply during the Fall Term will be expected to make purchases during the Spring Term, and student groups who apply in the Spring Term will be expected to make purchases during the following Fall Term. A joint committee of the four student council Vice Presidents of Finance, governing board representatives, and relevant administrators will oversee applications and determine how to allocate funds. The funds will come from the budgets of the Columbia College Student Council (CCSC), the Engineering Student Council (ESC), General Studies Student Council (GSSC), and Student Government Association of Barnard (SGA).

Eligible groups are asked to consider their needs carefully to determine whether they are a good fit for the Capital Investment fund. Due to the specialized nature of the fund, a Capital Investment Fund award is only granted to a student group once every three years. The group must prove that the grant will be used to benefit the undergraduate community, such as by elevating the level of event programming, providing academic resources, improving community, promoting wellness, or more.

Please refer to the Joint Finance Committee web site to review guidelines and apply online.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Gatsby Student Arts Fund
– The 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

A Few Words About Us

The purpose of the General Studies Student Council (GSSC) of Columbia University is to represent the undergraduate population of the School of General Studies by pursuing academic, political, social, and administrative initiatives.

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