Instructions/Application for the General Application Funding Process




Events sponsored by the CLCE serve to educate and enrich the Wellesley College Community. Events that CLCE sponsors must be open to all College Community members. The types of events include lectures, panels, conferences designed and intended for the College Community and beyond, performances, workshops, and cultural shows. 

Application Overview


Submitting a Detailed Proposal

The General Funding Application is HERE.  Please use this form.  Do not send a PDF.

Prior to submission, be sure to fill out each section of the application.  Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm of the respective due date. An example of a student application can be found here, and a Faculty/Staff application example can be found here.

14/15 Deadlines for the General Funding Applications

Please Note: Late Applications will NOT be considered. 

There are no exceptions.

Application Deadlines

For Events Scheduled

Thursday , September 25, 2014

October 2, and Beyond

Thursday, November 6, 2014 November 13, and Beyond
Thursday, December 11, 2014 December 18, and Beyond
Thursday, February 5, 2015 February 12, and Beyond
Thursday, March 12, 2015 March 19, and Beyond

Fall 2015 Applications

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Academic Year - Fall 2015 and Beyond


Important Notes:

  • The April 2015 meeting is only for events that will take place in the Fall 2015 academic year and beyond.
  • All applications must be submitted electronically to  by 11:59pm of the respective due date.
  • Hard copy proposals will not be accepted. 
  • For applications over $1,000 - It is mandatory to consult with a Member of the CLCE Committee prior to submitting.  Students must consult with Meg Jordan and a Student CLCE Representative only if the amount your are seeking from the CLCE is over $1,000.  Faculty must consult with a Faculty CLCE Representative only if the amount your are seeking from the CLCE is over $1,000.
  • All materials should be included in the application.  Please do not send budgets under a separate cover or lecturers bio's.
  • Late proposals will NOT be accepted.  Please plan accordingly.
  • Proposals for events that have already occurred will not be funded.
  • Applicants will be notified a few days after the CLCE Committee meeting regarding their proposal status.
  • Proposals and financial information submitted to the CLCE are downloaded and read by members of CLCE only.
  • You may only apply once for each event so please be sure your expenses are accurate and if applicable that SOFC funds are guaranteed.
  • Please submit an event wrap up form at the conclusion of your event.


Application Process


Application Assistance

Student organizations must meet with a member of the Student Involvement staff or with one of the student representatives to the CLCE prior to submitting their proposal.  Additionally, student applicants who apply to fund a "Major Event" with anticipated honoraria of $5,000 or more must consult with Meg Jordan prior negotiating a contract with the performer and prior to submitting their funding proposal. 

Faculty must meet with a Faculty Member of the CLCE Committee prior to submitting an application for a "Major Event" or General Application.  Please note:  Asking to meet with a member of the committee the day the application is due is not acceptable.

Scheduling a Location

Event locations must be scheduled on-line at 25live.  Additional assistance is available through the Special Events Office (for faculty and staff events) or the Office of Student Involvement (for student events).

Event Date & Time

Except in unusual circumstances, events must be scheduled outside of regular class hours and should take place on the Wellesley College Campus. Events should be scheduled to avoid conflict with already scheduled events and religious holidays. The end of semesters, particularly the spring semester, tend to become heavily scheduled.  We urge those proposing events to seek dates in the earlier part of the semester whenever possible.

Event Name & Abstract

Each event must have a title that clearly identifies the event purpose.  The abstract of the event should describe the event goals, the focus of the event, featured speaker/performer, and ways in which the event will benefit the Wellesley College community.  Abstracts are made public for the Wellesley College community to read.

Proposed Budget

The General Funding Application Form includes a budget worksheet.  The proposed budget should be as specific as possible and should follow the given template.  A complete budget worksheet anticipating all event costs must accompany all applications.

When preparing your budget, consider the following list (in addition to other costs):

  • Honorarium ($1,000 max. for Visiting Non-Wellesley Faculty)
  • Transportation (to and from the College), airfare and/or taxi
  • Lodging and meals for lecturer/performer
  • Dinner and/or reception for guests of event within reason
  • Publicity expenses
  • Custodial services, sound systems, and media service
  • Other costs specific to the event type - Budget Clarity
  • Food Budget within reason


The CLCE does not fund:

  • Gifts
  • Alcohol
  • Costs associated with a non-philanthropic fundraiser
  • Events for members only and/or not open to the entire College Community
  • Honorariums to current Wellesley Faculty
  • Misc.


No admission fee or cover fee may be charged to Wellesley College students, faculty or staff for events funded through the CLCE. Admission fee or cover fee may be charged to off-campus persons only to offset costs of the event. Any profit made or unused funds must be returned to the CLCE.


All events must apply for co-sponsors from other departments, committees or student groups.  The CLCE looks for proposals with significant financial support and/or significant programming assistance from other constituencies. Students are encouraged to seek funds from other student groups and to approach academic departments only in the case of events connected with the work of that department.   SOFC funding must be secured prior to applying to the CLCE 

CLCE is the funder of last resort .


Application Checklist

_____ Contact Information

_____Mandatory to consult with a Member of the CLCE Committee

_____ Event sponsor information

_____ Clear title

_____ Event abstract that details significance of event

_____ Date and location are confirmed

_____ Detailed/Accurate budget

_____ Significant co-sponsors and amounts

_____ Submitted on time to

Please Note: Late Applications will NOT be considered. 

There are no exceptions.


CLCE Decision Criteria


I.  Successful applications:

  • Will enhance and educate the Wellesley College community
  • Include all application materials
  • Have been submitted by the published deadline
  • Clearly states event title
  • Explains significance of event for the community
  • Explains items listed in budget proposal
  • When necessary, contracts have been reviewed by appropriate CLCE members


II. Amount of funding requested can be reduced under the following circumstances:

  • Budget details are not carefully constructed.
  • CLCE has limited funding and is not able to match the entire request.
  • Application lacks significant co-sponsorship.


III. Applications can be rejected without a chance of re-submission under the following circumstances:

  • The proposed event does not appear to educate and/or enrich the Wellesley College community and therefore will not satisfy the mission of the CLCE
  • Funding is being asked for an event that has already occurred.
  • An Honor Code violation occurred in the submission of the proposal (e.g., falsification of relevant event information, plagiarism, etc.)