There are two funds established through student fees to assist registered student organizations (RSOs) in their work and mission. If you are unsure of your RSOs category, please contact our office at StudentOrganizations@IllinoisState.edu or (309) 438-3212.
This fund will be allocated to RSOs who have been identified as being sponsored by an academic department. Funds may be used for programs/travel that is beneficial to the student members and academic interest of the organization or University. Preference will be given to programs/travel that benefit the student body at large.
This fund will be allocated to RSOs that are independent of the University and University departments. Sports clubs directly supported by Campus Recreation, academic department sponsored RSOs and RSOs who receive funding through fee-funded departmental budgets are not eligible for funding. Funds may be used for programs/travel that is beneficial to the student body at large.
Please note the following change effective July 1, 2016: Independent RSOs can no longer request funds that exceed $5,000 for an individual payee. For example, the total cost for a performer (performance fee, airfare, hotel) will only be funded up to $4,999. This cap applies to all vendors such as a performer, speaker, DJ, production company, graphic designer, etc.
Independent RSOs can no longer purchase equipment that exceeds $500 for one item. Purchases will be capped at $499.
The RSO Team Building Grant provides funding for registered student organizations (RSOs) to participate in team building activities provided through Recreation Services. Dates for the activity will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis. Applications for the grant should be submitted to Student Activities and Involvement at least two weeks in advance of the requested date. RSOs receiving funding are responsible for ensuring members attend the team building activity.
Please note the following change effective July 1, 2019: Student Affairs-sponsored RSOs are not eligible for RSO Team Building Grants through the Dean of Students Office and should request funds through their own departmental budget.
The American Democracy Project has created a grant program to provide financial support for civic engagement projects on and off-campus. Registered Student Organizations and in-course projects aimed at promoting civic engagement may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in funding through the Civic Engagement Grant program.
Multi-Ethnic Cultural and Co-Curricular Programming Advisory Committee (MECCPAC) is a diversity initiative offered through the Dean of Students Office. The committee reviews applications to provide matching co-sponsorship funds up to $2000 for cultural, educational, and multi-ethnic programs that help build awareness and appreciation within the Illinois State community. Visit Diversity Advocacy for more information.