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Substance Free Fund

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This funding line supports compelling and intentionally substance-free social engagement on Friday and Saturday nights. It is intended to encourage neighborhood cross-house partnerships to think creatively about how to offer neighborhood programs on Fridays and Saturdays (and Sunday nights of three day weekends) that compete with registered parties where alcohol is served.

2023-24 Neighborhood Decorative Accent Line

More About the Substance Free Fund

  • Application is required to access these funds, and requests can be made for individual house programs, house+house programs and house+neighborhood programs.
  • This fund is funded by current year house dues. This funding is equitably distributed across the neighborhoods (based on number of neighborhood residents). 
  • Within each neighborhood, each house starts off the year with a certain allocation that is “reserved” for them to apply to through the end of Winter quarter. This is to ensure all houses have ample opportunity to access these funds (as opposed to first-come-first-served, which often advantages houses with resident fellows and returning resident assistants). These “reserved” allocations become available to all houses at the start of spring quarter to ensure the greatest use of the funds.

Inappropriate and Appropriate Use of These Funds

Inappropriate Use of These Funds (Will Not Be Approved)

  • Neighborhood funding contribution over $150 per participant (this is the maximum that a council can approve).
  • Flights for students (flights for guest speakers and performers are ok).
  • Alcohol for students, or anything related to alcohol.
  • Anything not on a Friday or Saturday evening (and Sunday nights of three day weekends).
  • Any participation incentive more than $50 per person, or any gift cards of any value.
  • Equipment:
    • Row house kitchen equipment (needs to be requested from Dining)
    • Furniture, equipment and other items typically provided and funded by Housing, such as house permanent and communal furniture like couches and tables; or resident fellow apartment furniture/equipment (needs to be requested from Housing or use Resident Fellow Program)
    • Facility improvements (which is loosely defined by a certain dollar threshold, R&DE project status, approval requirements, construction)
      • Cost over $5000.
      • Permanent installation.
  • House events:
    • Traditional “Snow Trips” or “Ski Trips”, frosh house Scavenger Hunt, and other house events historically funded by house dues (houses should use their current year house dues for these)
    • End of year banquets and special dinners (houses should use their current year house dues for these)
    • Merch (houses should use their current year house dues for these)
    • VSO event wanting co-sponsors (see more information about collaboration here).
    • Recruitment events for student organizations (including housed Greek recruitment events)

Examples of appropriate use of these funds: 

  • On-call programs (food, activities)
  • House+house study break on Friday night
  • House on-call series on Friday nights for the whole quarter
  • Monthly Saturday night neighborhood film series
Roble Hall Exterior, 2022. Credit: Micaela Go