Explanation of CSA Funds
This is a list of the various funds CSA divides the Student Activity Fee into. Please read this list carefully to determine which fund you would like to request money from.
- For money from Special Allocations, Diversity Initiative, Honoraria, Green, and Cap Reserves funds, please fill out a Budget Committee Request.
- For money from the Metro Arts Access fund, Third Center Fund, and the Treasurer's Discretionary Fund/Alt-Bev Fund, please fill out the appropriate request forms.
Special Allocations Fund
The Special Allocations Fund is the primary source of programming funding for CSA Chartered Organizations.
Diversity Initiative Fund
The Diversity Initiative Fund provides CSA Chartered Organizations and members of CSA funding for events that further the awareness and discussion of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, socioeconomic status, sexuality and sexual orientation, religion, and spirituality. Funded events must be open to the entire campus. Conferences may not be funded.
The Honoraria Fund provides CSA Chartered Organizations with the opportunity to bring speakers and performers to Carleton.
Treasurer's Discretionary Fund/Alt-Bev Fund
The Treasurer's Discretionary Fund, also known as the "Alt-Bev Fund," is primarily reserved to fund an alternative beverage or food to alcohol for registered parties or advertised events that are open to the entire campus. This fund should not be used for reoccurring requests. At the discretion of the treasurer, the fund may also be used on an as-needed basis to provide funding for food and/or beverages that would (a) not ordinarily be funded by budget committee, or (b) be too small a request as to warrant the time. The purpose of this fund is to allow for the Treasurer to have some leeway in awarding funding to those events that happen on campus without necessarily engaging in the CSA bureaucratic apparatus.
Third Center Fund
The Third Center Fund is meant to foster community by funding social events that connect students with faculty, administrators, trustees, staff and alumni. The Fund shall not fund any event with more than six students per faculty, trustee, administrator, staff member or alum. At least one of the faculty, trustee, administrator, staff members, or alums must verify their participation in the event. This fund is administered by the Treasurer.
Metro Access Fund
The Metro Access Fund, co- sponsored with the Student Activities Office, is intended to help fund trips to events in the Twin Cities area. The Student Activities Office and CSA officers administer this fund.
Capital Reserves Fund
The Capital Reserves Fund (Cap Reserves) provides funding for one-time or emergency expenditures that are essential to the operation of a CSA Chartered Organization and for large-scale projects and capital purchases. The Fund is replenished to $65,000 at the beginning of each academic year using money that hasn’t been allocated during the Spring Allocations process.
CSA Discretionary Fund
Additional money left after replenishing Cap Reserves is placed in the CSA Discretionary Fund. This money may be spent by a majority vote of Senate or distributed to the other Funds at the discretion of the Treasurer with the advice of Budget Committee and the approval of the Senate.
Student Activity Support Fund
The Student Activity Support Fund is used to support students with higher needs in paying the Student Activity Fee. This fund is administered by the Office of Student Financial Services in accordance with rules jointly established by the Senate and OSFS, and is intended to support students who need additional financial assistance. Eligible students receive a $150 credit to their student account ($50/term on campus).