Associated Students of Willamette University

Additional Funding Options

Local Business Support

Before you solicit support from area businesses or alumni contact Associate Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, Arminda Lathrop, Waller 4th Floor, or call 503-370-6606 for assistance. She will help in selecting the businesses that best match the organization’s goals, and also will not interfere with other University fundraising efforts.

Lilly Outreach Grants

  • Up to $300 annually for service projects in the Salem community and beyond.
  • Any student, resident, residence hall, Greek chapter or club may initiate a project.
  • Available for both new projects and already established projects.
  • Two reflection activities required.
  • Please see the Lilly Project for more details.

Community Life Fund

  • Supports student programs and initiatives that contribute positively to the campus community. 
  • Priority is given proposals that seek to strengthen student affiliation to the University, promote leadership development, and/or provide students with fun, educational co-curricular opportunities. 
  • To apply, submit a 250-500 word proposal to the Office of Campus Life indicating goals for the program, initiative, or event, important dates, and key stakeholder groups.  A second page should include the budget for the request, including other funding sources and outstanding funding requests.
  • Grant proposals should not request more than $750.

Robert E. Hawkinson Student Initiative Fund

  • Supports individual student and student group initiatives.
  • Promotes and rewards student creativity and innovation.  Similar to a “venture capital fund,” priority is given to proposals that require one-time, start-up financial support, and that seek to enhance the campus community through new, creative programs and/or innovative solutions to existing challenges. 
  • To apply, submit a 250-500 word proposal to the Office of Campus Life indicating goals for the program, initiative, or event, important dates, and key stakeholder groups.  A second page should include the budget for the request, including other funding sources and outstanding funding requests. Grant proposals should not request more than $750.
  • Contact David Douglass, Dean of Campus Life, or call 503-370-4112.

Class Councils

  • To develop class bonds and unity
  • Funds from the Student Body Fee ($7 per student/per semester)
  • Decisions made by Class Councils (which are open to all students)
  • Submit requests to class council list-serves <classcouncil20XX>. Be sure to indicate how the money will be used to promote class unity!

Hall Councils

  • To develop hall unity
  • Funds from the Residence Hall Activity Fee ($10 per student/per hall)
  • Decisions made by the Hall Councils
  • Submit requests to the Area Coordinators and/or Hall Councils via email at Residence Life.

Student Organization Collaboration (SOC) Fund

  • Designed to support and encourage intergroup collaborative programming efforts
  • Projects must include two or more distinctly different campus organizations
  • Organizations may differ in such things as the make-up of their membership, issues discussed, goals, purpose, or type of club (Academic, Multicultural, Athletic, etc) to name a few examples
  • Preference will be given to registered student organizations, but participation is not limited to such groups
  • All groups need to have a recognized advisor
  • For more information, visit the Council on Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) website.

Sustainability Grants

  • Promotes projects that add visibility to sustainability efforts and build rituals and celebrations around the core values of sustainability: Equity, Environment, Economics, and Education
  • Grants will provide funding up to $500
  • Grant money can be used for supplies, materials, advertising, or speaker honoraria/travel expenses. It may not be used for personal stipends
  • All Willamette University community members are eligible to apply
  • Projects may be individual or collaborative
  • Applicant(s) will demonstrate the ability necessary to carry out and complete the project
  • The project will be well-planned and likely to be completed by the end of the semester following the awarding of the grant
  • The project will lead to a definable product, which might include (but is not limited to) a public presentation, document, physical representation, or gathering
  • This product will be displayed and presented to the Willamette Community
  • The project will model the core values of sustainability at Willamette: Equity, Environment, Economics and Education
  • Applications are accepted twice per academic year electronically

For more information visit the Sustainability website.