During the Spring Allocations process, CSA divides the Student Activity Fee and vending machine revenue into nine funds (in addition to allocated the majority of funds directly to student organizations).
Individuals and groups do not request money directly from these funds instead requesting money with a fund designation form. Yet, these funds set up the programs that benefit individuals and groups. And these funds also help Budget Committee to allocate money efficiently and fairly to individuals and students by allowing Budget Committee to track different types of funding.
Weekly Budgeting Funds
These funds fund organizations and individuals budgets for events, conferences, honorarium, equipment and anything else in keeping with the financial guidelines each term. The Treasurer transfers them into organization accounts for organizations receiving funding (or the main Senate account for individuals receiving funding) after Budget Committee hears the request and recommends an amount to Senate and Senate approves the amount recommended or another amount.
Special Allocations Fund
The Special Allocations fund provides the primary source of program funding for organizations and individuals. Funding for any equipment, any supplies any conference, any event not bringing a speaker to campus or raising awareness of diversity comes from Special Allocations.
Diversity Initiative Fund (aka DIF)
The Diversity Initiative Fund (DIF) funds any equipment, any supplies, any events, any conference not specifically a research conference (Special Allocations funds those conferences) that further the awareness and discussion of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, socioeconomic status, sexuality and sexual orientation, religion, and spirituality.
The Honoraria Fund funds honoraria (i.e., a payment for professional services) for speakers and performers to come to Carleton.
Treasurer's Discretionary Fund
The Treasurer's Discretionary Fund allows for the Treasurer to fund everyday events and ordinary operations without the process for weekly budgeting.
Alternative Beverage Fund (aka Alt-Bev)
The Alternative Beverage Fund funds organizations food for one-time once-a-month events open to all of campus.
Third Center Fund
The Third Center Fund funds students, faculty, staff and alumni (with at least six students for every one faculty, staff and/or alum) to share a meal together.
The Senate Fund funds student government operations and outreach.
The General Fund refers to all money currently in CSA accounts.
Capital Reserves Fund/Rollover
The Capital Reserves Fund (Cap Reserves) or rollover provide funding for one-time expenditures either emergency spending essential to a CSA Chartered Organization or for large-scale projects and capital purchases.
Student Activity Support Fund (aka SASF)
The Student Activity Support Fund support students with higher needs in paying the Student Activity Fee. The Office of Student Financial Services administers the SASF by rules jointly established by the Senate and OSFS.