Start Up Fund


This application is designed for new GSO-recognized groups who wish to request funds during their first year of operation. Start up funds are designed to assist new organizations which did not exist during the previous annual budget process. As such, start up funds are under similar restrictions.


Fill out the following application as thoroughly as possible, filling in as many blanks as are applicable to your event. The more information you provide, the better able we will be to judge the merits of your proposal. DO NOT send a separate proposal in lieu of filling out this form.


Requests for Start Up Funds may be submitted before any regular GSO Senate Meeting. The GSO Finance Committee must first vet your application. Your completed application, with all supporting documentation, must be submitted no later than ten (10) days before the next scheduled GSO regular Senate meeting. All applications submitted after this deadline will be considered at the next meeting or, if no additional regular Senate meetings are scheduled for that academic year, will be rejected. Once the application has been received, a representative of your organization may be asked to attend the Finance Committee meeting to answer questions.

Deadlines for submitting applications are at 5pm on the following dates:

  • August 28, 2016
  • September 18, 2016
  • October 9, 2016
  • October 30, 2016
  • November 20, 2016
  • January 15, 2017
  • February 5, 2017
  • February 26, 2017
  • March 19, 2017
  • April 9, 2017

If the GSO Finance Committee approved your request, they will recommend a sum to be allocated for final Senate approval. The Senate may affirm or modify this amount; the Senate may also deny this application or request further information. Since the Senate has seven (7) regular business meetings during the academic year, it is important to plan ahead in requesting funds so your event is not delayed. Once the full Senate votes on your request, your funds will be immediately available to you. However, you must follow University and GSO Fiscal Procedures to receive your funds, which can take time. Please consult the forms section of this website for information about how to get reimbursed for expenditures.


The GSO cannot reimburse any expenses for alcohol. The GSO does not reimburse tax. To request a tax-exempt form prior to purchase, contact the GSO Comptroller.