The Student Technology Fund (STF) will offer one grant application cycle for single-year projects seeking $5,000-$25,000. Applications will be open to all students, faculty and staff of UC Berkeley. The STF will review grant applications and announce awards before June 2021. Funds will be transferred in September 2021, which is in the University's new fiscal year. More details about the application process will be posted on this webpage by February 16, 2021.
Deviating from tradition, in Spring 2021, STF is offering just one grant cycle rather than two due to the fact that it has a smaller pool of funding to allocate. The STF will expire, unless renewed by students at the ballot in the April 2021 ASUC elections, at the end of Spring 2021. Other sources of funding UC Berkeley community members may want to consider include the CACSSF, TGIF, and Wellness Fund.
Issues that impacted STF's decision not to offer a Fall 2020 cycle were as follows: 1) The STF staff were absorbed by operating the Student Technology Equity Program, (STEP), a program funded in majority by the University, but also at ~$.5M by the STF; 2) Reductions in 2020-2021 enrollment, which, in turn, changed the STF's student fee revenue, yielded a smaller pool of available grant funds; and, 3) the STF committed about $1M in relief to support critical student technology needs associated with COVID-19. This substantially reduced the funds available to expend in 2020-2021.