Student Government Finance Committee

SGFC is a committee of Student Government that disperses a certain amount of the Student Government funding for RSO use. The committee meets weekly during Quarters to review RSO funding requests. You can request funds from this committee for an event or even a capital improvement. It is best to speak with your RSO advisor about the specifics of your request, but here are some basic tips.

Steps for applying

  1. Develop your event and create your budget:
    Figure out your event needs, find a venue, then put together a detailed budget on the SGFC request form. We recommend working with your advisor when building your budget. Be sure to review the SGFC-Guidelines, Cost Guide, and other resources when preparing your budget. The Green Events Guide is also helpful when putting together an event!
  2. Submit your budget:
    SGFC Budgets are submitted via the Blueprint Finance Module. Your officers with Finance Module access (by default your Primary Contact, President, and Treasurer) will be able to create a Funding Request and upload your budget document for submission. Budgets must be submitted for review by your advisor by Wednesdays at Noon. (Non-RSO Graduate organizations should submit their budget to Graduate Council. GC will submit budgets via Blueprint on your behalf.)
  3. Present your Budget:
    You will appear before the committee the following Tuesday to present your budget. The chair of the committee will email you with the time you are to appear.
  4. Receive your allocation:
    The committee will deliberate and inform you of their recommended allocation. You do not have the final allocation at this point. This allocation has to be approved by College and Graduate Council before it is confirmed. You will be informed if any changes to your allocation are made by the committees.

Tips for Preparing Your Budget

  • Read through the SGFC-Guidelines to ensure what you are requesting is fundable.
  • Make sure you are not requesting funds for any purchases you've already made. SGFC won't fund to reimburse for purchases you've made before you submit a budget.
  • When writing your group's SGFC budget request remember to itemize all expenses and include as much detail as possible. The more detail you provide, the better your chances are of having your event funded.
  • Be prepared. You'll be required to send a representative from your group to discuss your budget with the committee. This person should be as prepared as possible. This includes knowing the group's current account balance, having quotes for all of the items requested, and, in some cases, having price comparisons on an item.
  • Be on time! You cannot request any funds for an event that is happening less than 12 days from the budget due date. This is because SGFC makes a recommendation to to fund your group a certain amount of money that then needs to be approved by both the College and Graduate Council of Student Government before it can be allocated to you.
  • Be early even! You can submit a request far in advance of the date of your event. SGFC funds are given out on a first come, first served basis so if you know you are going to need funds for an event in Spring Quarter, apply as soon as you can put a detailed budget together.

Common SGFC Costs:

The Cost Guide gives price ranges for common expenses. Here is a sampling:

  1. $5/per person max for food for events where snacks/breakfast are served
  2. $5/ day for Facebook advertising
  3. $186 per night for performer/speaker accommodations
  4. $0.09 per flyer or photocopy (black and white)

Presenting your Budget to SGFC

A presentation before the SG Finance Committee is an opportunity for the Committee to ask any questions they have about your proposal. You should be prepared to answer questions about your event and the specifics of your budget. Some common questions from the committee are:

  • What does your group do?
  • How big is your group?
  • Can you explain your current financial situation?
  • What is the event? How many students do you anticipate will attend?
  • Do you have alternative funding for your event? Who else have you asked?
  • Have you had this event or similar events for you in the past? How did they go?
  • What is the cost of this event? Where did you obtain your price estimates?
  • Do you have a co-sponsor? Who? What do you expect your co-sponsor to contribute?

SGFC Schedule

Important Dates to Remember:
Wednesdays by Noon: Funding Request Submitted via Blueprint Finance Module
Mondays by Noon: Budgets go to the committee
Tuesday at 5:00 pm: SGFC Committee meets
Following Tuesday: Final Allocation Announced


Fall Quarter 2020: (For Summer or Early Fall see Summer SGFC)

Date Submitted via Blueprint (Wednesdays)

SGFC Meeting Date (Tuesdays)

Date your event CANNOT be before

October 21

October 27

November 3

October 28

November 3

November 10

November 4

November 10

November 17

November 11

November 17

November 24

November 18

November 24

December 1

November 25

December 1

December 8


Winter Quarter 2021:

Date Submitted via Blueprint (Wednesdays)

SGFC Meeting Date (Tuesdays)

Date your event CANNOT be before

December 30

January 5

January 12

January 6

January 12

January 19

January 13

January 19

January 26

January 20

January 26

February 2

January 27

February 2

February 9

February 3

February 9

February 16

February 10

February 16

February 23

February 17

February 23

March 2

February 24

March 2

March 9

March 3

March 9

March 16

Spring Quarter 2021*:

Date Submitted via Blueprint (Wednesdays)

SGFC Meeting Date (Tuesdays)

Date your event CANNOT be before

March 24

March 30

April 6

March 31

April 6

April 13

April 7

April 13

April 20

April 14

April 20

April 27

April 21

April 27

May 4

April 28

May 4

May 11

May 5

May 11

May 18

May 12*

May 18*

May 25*

May 19*

May 25*

June 1*

May 26*

June 1*

June 8*

*Please note that SGFC funds are allocated on a first come, first served basis so if all the funds are allocated earlier in Spring Quarter not all of these dates will be available.

The Committee

Feel free to reach out to your advisor or a member of the committee if you have questions about the application process or your budget.

SGFC Committee: Visit sg.uchicago.edu for committee opportunities.

SGFC Chair - 
Center for Leadership and Involvement Advisor – Elvis Guzman, elvisg@uchicago.edu

Additional Resources

Funding Request Process in Blueprint
SG Funding Page
SGFC Guidelines
SGFC Cost Guide
Green Events Guide

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