Last revised: 2017-11-12

Baseline Funding
Every Category 2 and Category 3 student group is given $200 per semester to use at their own discretion.

Capital Investments and Improvements
UFB will fund capital investments and improvements if they are absolutely necessary. We will fund this on a case-by-case basis. Capital investments usually should be presented in Annual Budgeting, but requests may be considered during Supplemental Budgeting under time sensitive circumstances. Inventories are required for all capital investments /improvements requests, per our inventory policy.  Additionally, please review the Capital Improvements section on the Student Activities Organization website for more information.

Commencement Week Events
UFB does not fund events that occur during Commencement Week. This is done for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it would be cost-prohibitive and the fact that the majority of the student body will not be present during this time.

UFB will fund up to 5 Brown students to attend a conference. The purpose of the conference should be educational, in the sense that the students who attend will bring back information to the campus from which the student group or the Brown community will benefit. This rule may be disregarded when it is imperative or important that more members be present at the conference for the event to happen, or that the extra members bring an added benefit (events where members have voting capabilities, or tournaments with minimum member requirements). For team travel/tournaments, UFB will usually fund at least one team or competitive unit and will hear arguments for more, weighing the cost and value.

Co-Sponsored Events
UFB requires one budget for all events being sponsored by multiple groups. Both groups should be represented at the meeting where budget is presented.

UFB typically will fund costumes for performance groups within their proposed production budget. Additionally, for dance based groups, the costume budget will be considered and weighed based on the likelihood that the costumes will be recycled, the cost participation programs put in place by the performing group to offset the cost, and the value added. Inventories are required for all requests for costumes, per our inventory policy.

UFB does not fund decorations.

Finals Period Events
UFB will not fund events during finals period.

UFB will fund food if it is integral to the event (i.e. a cultural event or a cooking demonstration). The Board will not fund food for an event if it used as an incentive. Additionally, UFB does not fund food for group meetings and/or general body meetings.

Fundraisers/For-Profit Events
UFB does not fund fundraisers and for-profit events.

UFB does not fund giveaways.

Instructor Fees
UFB will fund reasonable fees for an instructor if the instructor’s presence is integral to the purpose and continued success of the group and benefit the Brown community as a whole. Evidence of negotiation must be presented with all requests for instructor fees.

UFB requires all groups requesting capital improvements or costumes to submit complete inventories of their equipment with their budget requests. Inventories should include quantity, date of inventory, current age, current condition/quality, expected lifespan, and price at purchase (see template). Requests will not be considered without a proper inventory uploaded to the “Files” section of BearSync and e-mailed to

Line-Item Transfers
UFB will approve line-item transfers if the money is being transferred to something that UFB would normally fund. All inter-group transfers must also come before the UFB. The line-item transfer form can be found here.

UFB does not fund loans.

Media Services
Media services are available to all categorized student groups. UFB will not reimburse student groups that fail to reserve media services before the 10-business day deadline, as determined by CIS.

Membership Dues
UFB will not fund membership dues. UFB recommends in order to conserve the student activities fund, that specialized student groups implement a cost participation scheme to complement UFB funding.

Outside Vendors
In order to provide quality service and reduce costs, UFB will always seek out the cheapest vendor, which provides a comparable service. In addition, UFB is required by Student Activities Office policy to favor Brown First vendors, companies who have partnered with the University to provide services at a subsidized price. For a list of Brown First vendors, please contact your UFB Representative or visit the Student Activities Office website.

Printing: Student Publications
UFB requests that student publications provide a proposal, which utilizes the cheapest vendor available and includes at least three price points.

UFB will allocate the standard publicity of $25 for events, but will potentially fund up to $50 for publicity if there is demonstrated need.

Purpose: A Student’s Group Mission Statement
Except where otherwise provided for in UFB’s policies, UFB will not fund an event or a request if it does not adhere to the student group’s mission.

UFB may, on a case-by-case basis, fund retreats. A retreat is defined as a gathering of general body members and/or leaders, outside the general scope of the group’s mission. Retreats held off-campus require a justification as to why the location is integral to the retreat’s significance or purpose.

Reading Period Events
UFB will not fund events during reading period.

UFB may, on a case-by-case basis, fund retreats. A retreat is defined as a gathering of general body members and/or leaders, outside the general scope of the group’s mission. Retreats held off-campus require a justification as to why the location is integral to the retreat’s significance or purpose.

Retroactive Funding
UFB does not fund costs that have already occurred. Please submit your budget in a timely manner.

Small Requests
Requests under $500 do not need to be presented at a UFB meeting. Instead, they may be emailed to their rep with 'CCed in addition to their submission via BearSync, and the Board will consider and decide on the request via email.

UFB will fund speakers for an event if it pertains to the student group’s mission. However, there are multiple costs that UFB needs to consider:

  • Honorarium Contract: Should detail the speaker’s agreement to come for a fixed sum and will include details of the travel/lodging accommodations
  • Facilities/Media Services Requests as Applicable
  • Travel Details: To include a comparison of flight options and travel options
  • Negotiation: UFB requires that evidence of negotiation be presented. In the case that the speaker requests a specific price for an honorarium, the starting rate for negotiation should be at least 40% less than the amount initially requested by the speaker. If the speaker does not request an honorarium, groups may not offer any level of funding. In addition, groups are encouraged to solicit, and provide evidence of, outside group fundraising. Finally, requests should include a feasibility analysis of the possibility of raising revenue by charging to hear the speaker. Groups are encouraged to contact their UFB Representatives with any concerns related to negotiation.
  • Young Alumni: UFB will not fund honoraria for Brown alumni who graduated from Brown within the last five years.

Student Salaries
UFB does not fund student salaries.

Three Meeting Policy
For honorarium and transportation requests, student groups must present their request at least three (3) meetings before the event.

Transportation (types)
For all student transportation needs, UFB requires evidence of cost/feasibility analysis. UFB will reimburse gas at a rate of $0.50 per mile. The following websites are at student groups’ disposal: Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline, Kayak, StudentUniverse.

Travel (costs)
UFB will fund the cheapest travel under $540 per student (price is as of Nov. 2016), regardless of destination. The current price ceiling is based on the average cost of airline travel globally.

UFB will not fund events, conferences, or competitions during spring break or summer vacation. However, UFB will consider funding conferences or competitions during winter break.