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Applying for Funding

Application Procedures

Organizations interested in applying for SORF Funding will need to have their Treasurer login to the Involved@Illinois platform, Manage the Organization, proceed to the Finance tab, and complete a Budget Request (not a Purchase Request).


Funding for items and expenses that are used for the long-term functioning of the RSO, and are not tied to a single event, project, or activity.


Funding for items and expenses that are related to a single, unique event or activity. Programs are considered recurring if the spirit of the event or activity remains the same across all the recurring events and are not permitted to submit separate programming applications for each recurring event.


Funding for items that will be utilized by an RSO for a specific, singular project.


Funding for any reasonably unforeseen expenses, items, or travel. The SORF Board reserves the right to determine what is or is not reasonably unforeseen. Contingency funding can only cover expenses, items, or travel that would otherwise be eligible for operational or programming funding.


Policy Compliance

It is the responsibility of all Registered Student Organizations to read and understand all policies and procedures of the University of Illinois, the Department of Student Engagement, Student Org Development & Admin, and SORF. Organizations that receive SORF funding must be in compliance with all policies, procedures, and processes at all times. Those found to be in violation of any policy of the University of Illinois, the Department of Student Engagement, Student Org Development & Admin, or SORF will be held responsible for return of any and all funds they received during the time they were in violation of these policies. Furthermore, any organization that attempts to defraud or mislead these entities will be turned over to the Office for Student Conflict Resolution for review, and could be held criminally liable for any funds received under false pretenses.

SORF is compliant with the Student Code.

For programming, projects, and contingency applications, RSOs must submit a reconciliation report including proof of purchase(s) utilizing the Involved@Illinois platform no later than fourteen (14) days after the conclusion of the program/project or contingency expenses. Any funds not reconciled after 14 days will be considered unused.

Service applications do not need to reconcile.

Any unused funds from project, program or contingency applications will be returned to the SORF account.

Service funding will only be returned to the SORF account if the SORF Board discovers that an Organization has misused their funding.

Organizations are able to request an appeal of a funding decision by emailing a request to the SORF Chair within 48 hours of the SORF Secretary notifying the organization of the funding decision. Appeals are not guaranteed and are subject to the discretion of the SORF Chair.

How much funding can my org get?

Funding is capped at $10,000 or 2% of the annual SORF Budget, whichever is less. This is across all types of funding combined with the exception of contingency funding.

What types of things can be funded?

In the SORF Standards (pdf), there are detailed charts that outline the types of items that SORF can fund.

How early should I apply for funding?

SORF funding can be used at any point during the fiscal year (July 1st-May 31st), so applying early is always encouraged. Be mindful that Service Applications are decided at the end of the semester proceeding the use of funds. Check out the SORF Calendar for more information.

What happens if we buy items before applying?

SORF cannot fund items that were purchased prior to approval by the Vice Chancellor.