Open Fund Grant

The ASM Open Fund Grant provides funding for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) for routine operational expenses and recruitment of new members. The grant is designed to be an easier way for groups to obtain operational funding without having to go through the hearing process required of other ASM grants.

The ASM Open Fund application for the 2023-2024 academic year will be open August 15th.

 

Apply for the ASM Open Fund Grant

Information for Current Open Fund Organizations

Remember to re-register your group with the Center of Leadership & Involvement (CfLI) before October 13th. Your organization must be in compliance with CfLI’s requirements in order to spend grant funds.

Grant workshops will be held via a Canvas course. If your RSO is awarded an Open Fund Grant, the contacts provided on the Open Fund Grant application will be added to the Canvas course. These are the only individuals that will be authorized to expense Operations Grant funding for your RSO.

Open Fund Grant Information

The ASM Open Fund Grant provides funding for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) for routine operational expenses and recruitment of new members. The grant is designed to be an easier way for groups to obtain operational funding without having to go through the hearing process required of other ASM grants. Open Fund Grants are always allocated as $150.00 for printing and $50.00 for office supplies, for a total grant award of $200.00. After applying and receiving an award notice, the RSO would then need to partake in a grant workshop to review grant policies and procedures.

Click on the tabs above to learn more about each step in the grant process.

Only UW- Madison Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) in good standing with the Center for Leadership and Involvement (CfLI) may apply for the ASM Open Fund Grant. Individuals, departments, or other non-RSO entities seeking operational funding support are ineligible to receive the ASM Open Fund Grant.

The ASM Open Fund Grant can fund:

  • Printing: For operational and recruitment purposes. No printing may be used to advertise for events unless they are specific to recruitment, such as a group kick-off or the Student Org Fair. All printing must contain the ASM Logo & Disclaimer.
  • Office Supplies: Operational supplies required for the functioning of your group.

Important notes on the application:

  • RSO officers are the only members of an RSO who can apply for a grant. They will need to log in with their Net ID.
  • RSOs can only apply for ONE Open Fund Grant per academic year.
  • RSOs are not eligible to receive the Open Fund Grant if they currently have an ASM Operations Grant award.
  • The award amount is the same for all grant recipients: $200.00 in funding with $150.00 allocated for printing and $50.00 allocated for office supplies.

No grant hearing is required for the ASM Open Fund Grant.

The grant contacts will receive notice of award or denial within 5 business days of application submission.

  • If the grant application is denied funds, your RSO will be informed by the ASM Financial Specialist as to the reason for denial.
  • If the grant application is awarded funds, two (or more) RSO officers are required to partake in a grant workshop with the ASM Financial Staff before funds can be accessed.

Grant workshops will be held via a Canvas course. If your RSO is awarded an Open Fund Grant, the contacts provided on the Open Fund Grant application will be added to the Canvas course. These are the only individuals that will be authorized to expense Operations Grant funding for your RSO.

The workshops go over grant use policy, procedures for spending grant funds, and additional funding resources available to your group.

The following forms may be useful to your group in managing your Open Fund Grant: