Frequently Asked Questions

The LPJBCC SFC is a brand new initiative and we expect there to be a lot of excitement around the collaboration between the Black Cultural Center and the University. With this excitement will come some curiosity about the limits of the program and also a need for clarity about the logistics. As you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Center. Contact Dean Mason at [email protected] or (434) 924-7923.

1.    How many awards can I receive per semester?

Technically, there is no hard limit on the number of proposals that can be awarded to the same organization each year. Instead, the SFC is charged with the responsibility to ensure that support for organizations is broad and representative of the range of diversity in the student body. Ideally, however, no organization will be awarded more than once per academic year.

2.     If I collaborate with other organizations, can we apply for more than $500?

Collaboration alone does not increase the chances of being approved for more than $500. In addition to collaboration, the scope and magnitude of the program must be sufficient to warrant additional funds. For example, an event that meets application requirements and is meant to serve 20 people is not likely to be awarded greater than the set limit regardless of number of collaborators. However, if organizations collaborate to create a program that can serve 200 students then the likelihood of the program being approved increases significantly.

3.     What happens if our program is cancelled for reasons outside of our control?

If a program is cancelled for reasons beyond the applicant’s control, the event must be rescheduled and completed within 30 days. If this is not going to be possible, the applicant will need to complete and submit a request for an extension to the LPJBCC SFC. The extension form can be found online here. The Chair of the SFC will notify all applicants of the LPJBCC SFC’s decision regarding their request for an extension within 21 days of receipt.

4.     If I do not use all of the money I requested, can I use it for a second event?

Unfortunately, no. One of the most important qualities of a leader is being a good steward of resources. This includes planning a project carefully, assessing costs involved, and only asking for what you need. Every dollar that is not spent from a proposal could have been available to fund other programming requests. Plan wisely and utilize the support you receive to the fullest.