In state law since 1974, students at University Wisconsin System institutions have had the legal right to allocate the portion of their own fees that go toward student activities and non-mandatory services. Every UW campus has a student controlled shared governance committee that is charged with carrying out this responsibility. At UW–Madison, the ASM Student Services Finance Committee (SSFC) has control over large budgets and the Grant Allocation Committee has authority over smaller grants provided to registered student organizations.
General Student Services Fund (GSSF)
The General Student Services Fund (GSSF) enables eligible student organizations to have a comprehensive budget of at least $20,000 to cover expenditures for student staff, full-time staff, and general programming. Eligibility is based on criteria established in the ASM Bylaws, which cannot be based on the views an organization holds or expresses. The Student Services Finance Committee (SSFC) is charged with determining whether groups are eligible for GSSF funding and reviewing individual budgets of student organizations that are part of the GSSF.
Grant Allocation Committee
The Grant Allocation Committee is responsible for awarding grants to Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) for travel, events, and operations. Each year, the total funding available for each type of grant is jointly determined by the Student Council and the Student Services Finance Committee. Any registered student organization in good standing with Center for Leadership Involvement is eligible to apply for the following grants:
Operations Grants provide funding for the routine operational and recruitment expenses of student organizations. Award categories include funding for postage, printing, office supplies, advertising, equipment and space rental, subscriptions, graphic and web design and other operational expenses.
Recognizing that on-campus events enrich the campus community, ASM established the Event Grant Fund. Event Grants shall be used to support on-campus events that are educational, informational, free and open to all students on campus.
Traveling to conferences, trainings, competitions and other off-campus events helps to train student leaders and enriches the resources available to Student Organizations. The ASM Travel Grant Fund allows RSOs to travel to places and events that serve to further the goals of the groups.
The goal of the Open Fund is to simplify the process by which RSOs can use small amounts of grant funding from ASM for routine operational and recruiting purposes. With the Open Fund, RSOs eliminate the hearing process, simplify the application, and have funding available throughout the year. All groups can receive a maximum award of $200 from the Open Fund. The grant funds are allocated on a first come, first served basis and may run out.
If you have questions about ASM grants, please contact us:
Financial Specialists: ASMFinanceStaff@rso.wisc.edu, or call (608) 265-4276
Campus Funding Advisor: Jack.Meischen@wisc.edu, or call (608) 265-9020