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Innovation Grants

The UC San Diego Basic Needs Committee is offering Innovation Grants in support of campus activities addressing Basic Needs initiatives.  Basic Needs refers to the most essential resources required for students to thrive, which includes access to nutritious food, stable housing, and financial resources.

The Basic Needs Committee intends to use these funds to leverage support for existing student organizations or departmental programs addressing the topic of Basic Needs Security. The purpose of these grants is to promote basic needs to constituent groups through creating materials, programs and activities that can be replicated or sustained.  Grant amounts will be no more than $1000. Apply here.


Application due date: Two weeks prior to start of program being requested

Prior to allocation of funding The UC San Diego student organization or campus department requesting funds will provide the following to the UC San Diego Basic Needs Committee for review and approval:

  • Brief synopsis of the programmatic request. (Brief description of the event, targeted audience, date, intended use, connection to wellness/counseling/counseling services).
  • Learning outcomes for the event (Ex: one learning outcome could include: “I am aware of how to access Basic Needs Resources at UCSD.”)
  • Proposed program assessment methods (ex: evaluations/questions/quizzes)
  • Proposed budget, including prospective vendors (UCSD approved vendors highly recommended)

Basic Needs Committee Co-Chairs will review proposal and provide feedback one week from receipt of the program proposal.

Post-program report due date: Two weeks following the event (or by the Wednesday of 10th week, if an ongoing event/program)

Program evaluations should include the following information:

  1. Date(s) and Title of the Program
  2. DETAILED description (3 – 4 sentences)
  3. Number attended and/or number of students reached
  4. Targeted Audience
  5. Brief (500 words or less) description of how these funds were used to identify efforts to sustain these types of programs. (Ex: a training manual was created; relationships were developed with the following departments).
  6. Results related to learning outcomes and additional assessment information if applicable

Items Not Funded:

These are items that we can't fund:

  • Events that charge admission fees to any individual (all UCSD students, general public, university staff, etc.)
  • Alcohol, alcoholic beverage services, or controlled substances
  • Stamps and postage
  • Payment of fines, violations, or late fees
  • Flammable items (ex. Candles, propane)
  • Chemicals
  • Paint (specifically house paint or canned paint)
  • Styrofoam (such as Styrofoam plates, cups, etc.)
  • Purchase or rental of firearms
  • Association/membership fees
  • Travel costs (except tournament and competition events)
  • Services or labor provided by any UCSD student
  • Services or labor provided by any UCSD student organization at an event being hosted/co-hosted by the same organization
  • Prizes and other items perceived as items for students’ personal gain or use
  • The purchase of permanent items
  • Scholarships or direct monetary donations
  • Items deemed hazardous by UCSD risk management
  • Off-Campus Events
  • Gas reimbursements or rental vehicles driven by students (See the Tournament and Competition Funding section for details)
  • Third party legal and financial services
  • Certain non-essential services or items
  • Website hosting
  • Any events occurring at the UCSD Hillcrest Medical Campus
  • Any events held at a UCSD Property or location where uninformed undergraduate foot traffic could not easily access the event
  • Any non-listed item that violates university policy