Diversity and Collaboration Fund

The Diversity & Collaboration Fund (DCF) was created to provide greater incentives for programs and events that bring diverse groups of students together in new ways. Events may be cultural, social, academically-focused and/or recreational but must be open to the entire WFU community.

Apply for DCF Funds (due three months prior to your event)

Evaluate Your Event (due two weeks following your event)

Criteria for Receiving DCF Funds

DCF Funded Events must adhere to the criteria for Student Activity Fee funded events:

  • Event enhances campus traditions OR has the potential to develop into a new tradition.
  • Event unites the campus OR has campus-wide appeal.
  • Event MUST be open to all students.
  • Event is in line with one or more of the Campus Life Strategic Directions.

      Lead a comprehensive approach to student and community wellbeing

      Cultivate an inclusive community where all students feel a sense of belonging and are valued contributing members

      Prepare students to lead in a diverse environment with cultural fluency

      Foster a culture of peer engagement, leadership and accountability

      Integrate civic engagement and responsibility locally and globally

  • Special consideration will be given to events that involve the collaboration of two or more organizations and/or offices.

In addition, to be considered for DCF Funding, these additional criteria apply:

  • At least one of these groups MUST be an intercultural organization.
  • Proposals must be collaborative; therefore, at least two groups must sign off on each proposal and both must plan to take an active role in the proposed event.
  • Proposals from three or more groups are highly encouraged.
  • All groups listed on a proposal must make some financial or resource contribution to the proposed event. Financial contributions do not have to be equal and should be proportionate to organizational budgets. Contributions may also include staffing, printing and/or other services.

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DCF Funding Policies

  • Funding is awarded on annual basis. Funding allocations are not guaranteed for future years.
  • Diversity and Collaboration Funding must be applied for prior to the event or initiative in accordance with the DCF/SAF Funding Timeline. Applicants cannot apply for DCF funding in order to cover funding shortages post-event or initiative, or after the application deadline. Learn more about the SAF/DCF committee approval process.
  • Any group that receives funding must go through the event planning process with the Office of Student Engagement.
  • Publicity for all events funded by DCF must include the statement “Funded by the Diversity and Collaboration Fund.” If the event is funded by several sources, publicity should read “Funded in part by the Diversity and Collaboration Fund.”
  • Funds from DCF will be allocated on a rolling basis through the end of the academic year, or until all funds have been allocated (whichever comes first). Application for funds occur throughout the year.
  • DCF funds will not be transferred into an organization’s account. Rather, the SAF/DCF committee will pay invoices directly. All invoices must be submitted in Benson 139 at least two weeks prior to their due date.
  • All organizations/offices receiving funding are expected to manage such funds in a prudent manner. Evaluations and final reflections for all allocations will be due within two weeks following the event/initiative. Failure to turn in evaluation and final report forms in a timely manner may affect future funding.
  • All events with food and/or beverages must use Aramark as the exclusive food service provider of Wake Forest University, unless obtaining an approved Aramark Food Waiver.
  • DCF funds cannot be spent on the following: t-shirts, costumes, gifts to performers or other talent, prizes to non-Wake Forest community members.
  • DCF funds may not be used for events that overlap with large-scale events already on the campus calendar.
  • DCF funds may not be used to sponsor events that are fundraisers for a student organization.
  • DCF funds may not be used to purchase alcohol for the event. However, alcohol can be present at the event.
  • Organizations may be asked to revise proposals in order to meet the criteria and policies outlined above.

Please note: Student groups should never sign contracts or make verbal agreements with talent or vendors. For more information about contracts and agreements, visit this page.