Student-Sponsored Interfaith Programming

Cornell United Religious Work (CURW) provides funding to university-recognized student organizations that strengthen our commitment to interfaith work by identifying, creating, and evaluating student interfaith programming.  The maximum allotment for each award is $500.  The CURW funding process is competitive, and funding is not guaranteed.

Funding Criteria

An interfaith event is one in which faith, religion, spirituality or a philosophy of life is a focal point. An interfaith event involves the collaboration of two or more groups in the planning process. It can also be planned by a single group with the support of other groups and/or can be an event with appeal to multiple groups. Proposed programs, events or opportunities must be culturally and religiously inclusive.  Innovative approaches to student organization programming are strongly preferred, and proposed programs may be academic (lectures, panel discussions, conferences, symposia), artistic (film screenings, open mics, community story-telling events), social, or non-traditional forms of learning and growth.  Fund-raising events are ineligible for CURW funding as are video or audio purchases, decorations, meals at Banfi’s or other eateries on or off campus.

Funding Decisions

All funding decisions are made by the CURW staff with input from the CURW Interfaith Interns.  Before a funding decision is made, the advisor(s) of the organization(s) requesting funds may be contacted.  The listed primary contact for the organization will be notified of the funding status via email.  If funding is approved, additional steps will be outlined in that email.  Please read the funding agreement for more information.

Submission and Deadline

Proposals must be submitted at least eight (8) weeks prior to the proposed date of the event. 


  1. Read the full funding agreement carefully.
  2. Download the Funding Application and the Budget Information sheet and fill them out.
  3. Email your completed proposal (application and budget sheet) to the Office of Associate Dean of Students, Spirituality and Meaning Making and Director of CURW.  

Only complete applications will be considered.  Student organizations can submit multiple proposals but will only be allocated funds once per semester.