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Student Initiated Community Projects Sponsorship Criteria

ASUC logoEach year since 1967, through a partnership with the ASUC, the Public Service Center (PSC) awards sponsorship to approximately 25-30 student groups engaged in service projects that address vital community needs. New student organizations interested in funding can find the application here.
Public Service Center sponsorship supports registered student organizations carrying out service projects, provides access to specialized advising services and administrative resources, and offers a grant to defer service project expenses.


  • Year-long grants awarded to student organizations range from $200-$5,000 depending on the need and assets of the organization and community partners.
  • Student organizations will:
    • Develop their leadership skills
    • Strengthen their organization
    • Deepen their service
    • Build stronger collaborative networks through engagement with the PSC.

Student Organization Qualifications

The Public Service Center seeks to support groups with the following broad characteristics.

  • Projects that engage with the local Bay Area underserved, marginalized communities — on campus, off campus, or both with an intentional plan of who and how you serve
  • Groups have the capacity—about 5 hours a month for 2 leaders—to be invested in the training, reflection, and advising received through the Center
  • Projects must be registered with the LEAD Center & ASUC
  • Groups are interested in developing a social justice and equity framework to inform their service

Community Projects Grant Requirements

In order to support and strengthen the service your organization is engaged in, the Public Service Center requires organizational leadership to engage with the Center through advising sessions, grant reports, workshops, and trainings. Below are the Student Initiated Community Projects Grant Requirements.

  • Attend two all-day PSC events: A Student Leaders in Service Orientation in late August and a Student Leaders Retreat in January
  • Engage in two 30-minute advising sessions per semester
  • Attend monthly centerwide trainings (usually 1st Thurs of each month from 6:00-7:30pm)
  • Submit Mid Year report (Dec/Jan) and End of Year report (April)

Community Projects Structure

The Student-Initiated Community Project (CP) Advisory Committee is composed of members from the ASUC, the Public Service Center, the LEAD Center, and a past leader from a Community Projects organization. The CP Advisory Committee advises the implementation this program, supports with the selection process and monetary allocation for the Student-Initiated Community Projects groups for the academic year with the support of the Program Manager from the Public Service Center.

Final allocations will be decided and awardees will be notified by mid May 2018. Organizations must officially accept the final award by designated date in award letter.

If you have any questions, please contact Cassy Huang, PSC Program Manager, at