The Uncommon Fund is a pool of money allocated by University of Chicago Student Government aimed at supporting creative and innovative student projects and initiatives on campus. These projects and initiatives range from one-day events to large-scale endeavors. The goal of the Uncommon Fund is to encourage students to take action on campus in creative and “uncommon” ways. The fund is also unique in that it does not require RSO status for individuals or groups to apply.
The committee is comprised of nine students: a non-voting Chair, one Student Government College Council member, one Student Government Graduate Council member, and six students selected from Student Government and the previous year's committee. The committee is advised by the Student Involvement Adviser from the Center for Leadership and Involvement (CLI) and the Student Government Vice President for Administration.
The Uncommon Fund’s funding ultimately traces back to the student life fee, as part of the student life fee is contributed to Student Government, which then allocates a portion to the Uncommon Fund.
Apply for the Uncommon Fund!
2016-17 Application Cycle
The 2016-17 Application will be released 10th Week Winter Quarter!
Please read through the General FAQ for the Uncommon Fund proposals and guidelines. Reach out to us with any questions!
We will host two Office Hours sessions. If you would like to discuss your proposal or review our guidelines with us, visit us in person 4th and 5th week, dates TBA.
Fill out the online proposal. The link will be posted when application opens.
Once your application has been confirmed as received, we will provide you with a budget sheet and logistics for. Here, you will list details to your funding proposal and the proposed timeline to complete your project. Then, email it back to us for review.
We will inform you if your project has passed the initial CLI first round of screening.
We will ask you to submit a one-minute Youtube or Vimeo video proposal to our email, explaining your uncommon project idea and the value your project brings to campus and the community. For examples of previous video campaigns, please visit our Youtube Channel.
Application Season Timeline:
Winter Break – Application is open!
3rd Week - Office hours
4th Week - Office hours
5th Week - Application closes Tuesday at Midnight
Proposal sent to review by the CLI
6th Week – Proposals receive decision on first round screening
Video Campaigns due Friday at Midnight
7th Week – Voting Opens Tuesday
8th Week – Voting remains open until Friday 5pm
Interviews with the Board take place
9th Week – Board meets to vote on all proposals
10th Week – Teams receive notification of funding!
Check out the past projects!
- October 23, 2015
- October 30, 2015
- November 06, 2015
- November 13, 2015
- November 20, 2015
- January 08, 2016
- January 15, 2016
- January 22, 2016
- January 29, 2016
- February 05, 2016
- March 4, 2016
- April 08, 2016
- April 22, 2016
- May 06, 2016
- May 20, 2016
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