Fostering student engagement is central to creating a sense of community and a rich educational experience outside of the classroom. Student leaders and student affairs staff strive to develop meaningful opportunities for student involvement, investment and engagement at UC San Diego.
In this spirit, Student Affairs has created a special opportunity to collaborate and engage in this important community-building work for our students. Thanks to the generosity of some of UC San Diego’s strongest supporters and advocates, parents and family members, Student Affairs has a fund source for innovative programming by or for students.
Students, staff, and faculty interested in obtaining one-time funding for a project or program are encouraged to submit a proposal.
Make sure to read through the instructions and selection criteria set out below, then fill out the online application form.
See a list of successfully funded past projects (PDF).
Proposals should demonstrate the following characteristics:
Special consideration will be given to projects that advance overarching Student Affairs priorities:
Projects are encouraged to demonstrate a strong association with the Student Affairs strategic goal areas:
Note: As the UC San Diego Parent & Family Development Council becomes established, parent members of this leadership and philanthropic group will assist in making recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for awarding a portion of these funds.
The Parent & Family Funds for Innovative Student Programming will not be used for operating costs, ongoing expenses, or existing programs.
Awards will not exceed the maximum amount of $2,500, although exceptions may be made depending on the scope and scale of the program.
Contact Cynthia Davalos for additional information regarding larger funding proposals.
Applicants will be notified of awards 2 weeks after the deadline.
If your proposal receives funding, you'll be asked to complete a mandatory post-event report. An exact deadline for the post-event report will be provided in your notification e-mail.
Review this sample of a successfully completed post-event report (PDF).
The post-event report should not exceed five pages and must include results from your assessment along with a few select photos from the event.
Do not include your entire assessment results or tool, but rather include a few select data points that demonstrate the learning and satisfaction that occurred from the project or event.
Post-event reports or aspects of the reports will be shared with parent and family donors.
Funds will be transferred directly to the applicant's business office, but will not be transferred until a report is received. All reports must be received by the deadline, unless otherwise arranged with the VCSA Office.
Proposals must be submitted one quarter in advance by the following deadlines:
Contact Cynthia Davalos in the Vice Chancellor – Student Affairs Office.