Ever wanted to attend a conference or get involved with an academic program but couldn’t find enough cash no matter how hard you tried? Are you in desperate need of some extra money to make your philanthropic event a reality? The Finance Commission administers AMS funds that are available to assist students, clubs, and constituencies with innovative projects. Other sources of funding available to UBC students are listed in the right-hand side bar.
- The Student Initiatives Fund is available to all students and is valued at up to $500.Click here for more information about the SIF.
- The Clubs Benefit Fund is available to AMS-recognized clubs and is valued at up to $1500. It cannot cover annual or ongoing projects. Click here for more information about the CBF.
- The Constituency Aid Fund is available to AMS-recognized constituencies, valued up to $750. Award amounts depend upon the type of project (past examples of project types are travel grants, fundraisers, newspaper ads). Click here for more information about the CAF.
- The Competitive Athletics Fund is available to all active AMS clubs and is valued up to $3000.
Other Sources of Funding
- The Arts Undergraduate Dean’s Grant is intended for innovative academic initiatives.
- The Walter Gage Memorial Fund is a UBC-administered grant available for student projects and activities.
- The Innovative Projects Fund provides funding for visible and innovative projects of direct benefit to students.
- The Student Society Emergency Aid Program was established with the intent of providing emergency aid funding to low-income students.
In addition to the funds above, here are some other tips to get you started:
- If this is an academic-related project, consider speaking with your professor and asking for advice. Many times, they will be able to give you a reference, possible sponsorship, or steer you towards hidden funding sources.
- If this is a work-related project, consider asking your employer for possible sponsorship or subsidy.
- Create a realistic budget with the most accurate numbers as you can. An application with ambiguity and unrealistic figures will be difficult to evaluate. In the same way, try to minimize costs as much as possible and try to demonstrate that you have exhausted other outlets.
- Contact different AMS clubs or constituencies that may be related to your project. Often they have reserve funds for special projects and conferences. A club may even offer partnership in the event you are planning or help with ticket sales. Clubs also often go to conferences, and if you are a part of their club, they will give you a subsidy. Arranging a workshop to share your experience with a club may also enhance your experience.
- Related non-profit organizations may be interested in your student projects if you show interest. They may offer some sort of subsidy or in kind sponsorship.