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Student groups to start requesting SABRC funding soon

The Student Activities Budget Review Committee is accepting applications from student organizations looking for funding.
Each semester, full-time students pay a student activities fee of $35. Next year, the fee will increase to $65 a semester.
This means there is a projected funding of $580,000 total for the upcoming school year’s events.
SABRC pays for events university organizations want to bring to campus, such as the recent OneRepublic concert, Tunnel of Oppression, Jack’s Mannequin and other programs such as Late Night BU.
The $65 paid by all students enrolled in at least nine credit hours breaks down into 58 percent of the money going into the general fund, 20 percent going to the Special Events Reserve Fund, 18 percent going toward Late Night BU and 4 percent for miscellaneous events which take place after 9 p.m., such as Lydia’s Lounge activities.
SABRC President Jake Schmitt said the committee is looking for events to bring to Bradley next year.
“We’re looking for new, fresh ideas and as many organizations as possible to offer those ideas,” he said. “We want to maintain the level of spending, [and] we want to bring in bigger names and really create memories.”
He said the committee does not pay for pizza parties or other expenses an organization could cover with dues. Instead, it is looking to bring in events which will benefit the entire campus.
The Special Events Reserve is available as well, which contains money for any event that a large number of students could attend, such as a concert. The event must cost more than $15,000 to qualify.
Also, any money left in the general fund at the end of the year rolls over into the SERF savings accounts. Schmitt said this is why it is important to utilize all the funds for any given year or the money is lost out on.
The committee’s theme this year revolves around bringing the campus together, Schmitt said.
“Our goal is to unify the campus and create memories so people can say, ‘Remember when [a certain performer] came to Bradley? I was there!’” he said.
Any organization can submit a proposal as long as the group is registered with the Student Activities Office.
The deadline for submitting event proposals is next Friday. The committee will review submissions March 27 and 28 to decide which will earn funding.
Schmitt also said if students would like to submit ideas, they need to research their events, present the overall cost and a general outline of how the events will benefit the campus.
Also, the event must be open to the entire student body and the organization must fill out a proposal or its idea will not be considered.
Right now, SABRC is searching for ideas for upcoming events. Any registered organization can apply by accessing the proposal application online at http://www.bradley.edu/campusorg/sabrc/application.
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