Purpose of the SCPF
The SCPF offers financial and educational support for culturally significant programming and initiatives coordinated by students, faculty, and staff on campus. The purpose of SCPF is to advance cultural awareness and social justice education, and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout campus. Events must be free to the entire campus.
Any student organization affiliated with the University of Illinois and/or university program or department may apply for funding from the SCPF. For more details, see the full funding guidelines.
SCPF Staff Advisory Team
The Student Cultural Programming Fee Staff Advisory Team is comprised of a Staff Advisor, the Director of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR), and an Accounting Associate. Each of these advisory team members will be employees who serve in a professional capacity within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. When feasible, a graduate student employed by the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations will serve as additional support for the Student Advisory Board, as well as the Staff Advisory Team.
The Staff Advisor is responsible for selecting, training, and advising the Student Advisory Board.
The Director of OIIR provides oversight for the operations of the Student Cultural Programming Fee, including management of timelines associated with advisory board selection, SCPF deadlines, and allocation hearing schedules; the development and implementation of fall information sessions; SCPF funding approval; and the facilitation of SCPF appeals.
The Accounting Associate is responsible for procedures affiliated with applicant expenditures, including funding disbursement, reconciliation, and final report completion.
SCPF Student Advisory Board Selection and Preparation
Advisory Board members can expect to attend each allocation hearing and actively participate in the allocation decision-making process during the academic year.
Allocation Meeting Process
The Advisor will consider whether applicants require an in-person allocation meeting, based on questions emerging from the Student Advisory Board. The Office Administrator will organize the allocation meeting schedule utilizing the Advisor's determinations for which applicants require meeting attendance. The Office Administrator will provide allocation meeting attendees with seven days' notice of the Allocation Meeting schedule, as well as notice of the questions established by the Student Advisory Board corresponding with their respective application(s). Where possible, preliminary questions posed by Student Advisory Board members will be copied on these messages. Applicants will be required to respond by noon on established allocation meeting dates to ensure Student Advisory Board members have all the information they require to make allocation determinations. Whereas the Student Advisory Board is responsible for allocation determinations, these decisions will be informed by holistic, student-centered guidance from the Staff Advisor. Final approval of all allocations will be determined by the Director of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations.