What is the Student Life Fund?

The purpose of the Student Life Fund is to enhance campus life and individual student development at Grand Valley State University. It consists of funds allocated annually by the GVSU Board of Trustees as well as the Reserve Account, which contains funds unused from prior fiscal years. Currently, the budget equals approximately $1.2M. This fund is available to all registered student organizations to help fund on-campus programs and individual travel. Along with student organizations, many departments and categories across campus receive financial help from the Student Life Fund, including Club Sports, Student Media (Lanthorn, GVTV, WCKS), and Campus Activities Board.

Student Senate works to allocate these funds through the Appropriations Funding Board and the Cultural Funding Board. This is a student-led process with administrative oversight from the Office of Student Life. Each week the funding boards meet to vote on individual requests. Student organizations will know the day of the funding board meeting if their request was approved, denied, or adjusted. The funding boards try to create an atmosphere that is welcoming to students. These funding board meetings are not meant to intimidate students, but instead, help students with the goals of their student organization.

The Student Life Fund's total budget is passed by a majority vote of the GVSU Student Senate at the end of the winter semester every academic year. The budget is a reflection of the yearly allocations and needs of the student body at that time.

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The Student Life Fund Graphic is an image required on all printed promotional material, including posters, banners, and pluggers, when an organization has been approved funding for an on campus event. The graphic is for everyone to use to showcase how many parts of campus this fund touches, and to open up the possibility for new organizations to utilize the Student Life Fund in the future. The image will be available through the Promotions Office and further specifications are necessary in order to utilize it.

  • The PNGs can be used by everyone
  • The graphic must be black or white
  • Minimum size is 1”

Must be included on all printed event promotions, including posters, banners, and pluggers.


The Appropriations Funding Board and Cultural Funding Board are comprised of the following:

Appropriations Board

 Appropriations Board Members:

The Vice President of Student Senate Allocations Committee, Members of Student Senate, and GVSU students not involved in Student Senate

Administrative Members:

Valerie Guzman, Associate Director of Student Life (Advisor to Student Senate Finance and Appropriations Board)

 

 

Cultural Funding Board

Cultural Funding Board Members:

Vice President of Student Senate Allocations Committee, Vice President of Student Senate Diversity Affairs Committee, Members of Student Senate Diversity Affairs Committee, Members of Student Senate Allocations Committee, GVSU students involved in cultural organizations on campus

Administrative Members:

Valerie Guzman, Associate Director of Student Life (Advisor to Student Senate Finance and Appropriations Board)


Selection Steps

In the beginning of August, an email will be sent out to all students with a LakerLink account inquiring if anyone is interested in applying to be on the Appropriations Committee or the Cultural Funding Board. Applications will be open for approximately two weeks and selected students will be interviewed by the Vice President of Finance. Four students will be chosen and must be able to remain on the committee for both the Fall and Winter semesters.


Approved Budgets (2020-2021)

Category

2019-2020

2020-2021

Graduate Student Association

$110,000

$110,000

Academic Conference Fund

$30,000

$30,000

Academic & Professional

$12,500

$9,500

Cultural

$85,000

$85,000

Performing Arts

$11,000

$11,000

Student Senate

$22,000

$20,000

Service and Advocacy

$31,000

$27,000

Travel

$85,300

$85,300

Greek Life Council

$17,500

$20,000

Honorary/Professional

$2,000

$1,500

Special Interest

$28,000

$24,000

Interfaith

$7,000

$5,000

Club Sports and Recreation

$451,500

$456,500

Total

$892,800

$884,800

Other Allocations

Category

2019-2020

2020-2021

Student Media (the Lanthorn, WCKS "Whale" Radio, GVTV, Media Equipment Reserve)

$103,300

$103,300

Campus Activities Board

$193,000

$196,000

RSO Supply Station ("Creation Station")

$7,500

$7,500

Lakerlink

$9,000

$14,000

Sustainability Development

$2,500

$2,500

RSO Media Services

$10,000

$10,000

Presidents Ball

$45,000

$45,000

Unallocated Reserve

$5,000

$5,000

Total

 $375,300 

 $383,300 

Approved Budgets (2015-2019)

Category

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

Academic & Professional

$20,000

$20,000

$20,000

$12,500

Cultural

$80,000

$90,000

$80,000

$80,000

Honorary

$4,000

$4,000

$500

$2,000

Interfaith

$8,000

$8,000

$10,000

$7,000

Performing Arts

$20,000

$15,000

$10,500

$10,500

Service and Advocacy

$50,000

$59,000

$34,000

$31,000

Special Interest

$30,000

$35,000

$45,000

$28,000

Travel Fund

$60,000

$77,000

$79,000

$85,300

Club Sports

$396,000

$396,000

$425,000

$440,000

Recreation Sports

$6,000

$4,000

$6,000

$6,000

Greek Life Council

$34,000

-

-

$14,500

Council Sub Total

$708,000

$708,000

$710,500

$716,800

Spotlight

$160,000

$150,000

$170,000

$160,000

Student Media (Lanthorn, GVTV, WCKS)

$70,000

$65,000

$80,000

$89,200

Traditions (Sibs & Kids, Homecoming)

$40,000

$40,000

$40,000

$33,000

Creation Station

$10,000

$10,000

$7,500

$7,500

Presidents' Ball

$40,000

$45,000

$40,000

$45,000

Sustainability & Community Development Initiative

$2,500

$2,500

$2,500

$2,500

Student Senate Internal Operating Budget

$25,000

$25,000

$20,000

$22,000

OrgSync

$9,000

$9,000

$9,000

$9,000

Media Services

$10,000

$10,000

$10,000

$10,000

Total Less Reserves

$1,074,500

$1,064,500

$1,089,500

$1,095,500

Reserve Fund

$66,000

$29,279.25

$61,292.25

TBD