CRFB

The Central Residential Funding Board

The Central Residential Funding Board (CRFB) was created by students representing various residence hall organizations and constituencies. The CRFB was created to consolidate several other systems of funding provided for programs and activities in the residence halls. Now, any student living in the University Residence Halls has easy access to supplemental funding for programs or activities that fit within Housing and University policies. The CRFB creates a centralized and simplified location for additional funding. The CRFB will meet regularly throughout the semester, carefully consider all funding requests, and respond to all requests in a timely manner. There are still funding opportunities at each hall. Check with your hall organizations, Resident Director (RD) or Resident Advisor (RA) for these options.

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Application Deadline

Funding requests must be fully complete and submitted on time for full consideration. All groups and individuals must submit requests by 5 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the meeting date(s) listed below. CRFB may delay a request if there are questions, discrepancies or the request is incomplete. All programs should be submitted and approved in eRezLife for consideration, https://illinois.erezlife.com/ 

Fall 2022 CRFB Meeting Dates

  • September 19, 2022 (Funding requests due September 15 by 5 p.m.)
  • October 3, 2022 (Funding requests due September 29 by 5 p.m.)
  • October 17, 2022 (Funding requests due October 13 by 5 p.m. ** Group Budget Request Due**)
  • October 31, 2022 (Funding requests due October 27 by 5 p.m.)
  • November 14, 2022 (Funding requests due November 10 by 5 p.m.)
  • November 28, 2022 (Funding requests due November 17 by 5 p.m. due to Fall Break)

Spring 2023 CRFB Meeting Dates

  • January 23, 2023 (Funding requests due January 19 by 5 p.m.)
  • February 6, 2023 (Funding requests due February 2 by 5pm.)
  • February 20, 2023 (Funding requests due February 16 by 5 p.m.)
  • March 6, 2023 (Funding requests due March 2 by 5 p.m.)
  • March 20, 2023 (Funding requests due March 18 by 5 p.m.)
  • April 3, 2023 (Funding requests due March 30 by 5 p.m.)
  • April 17, 2023 (Funding requests due April 13 by 5 p.m.)
Individuals or groups requesting to present their budget or proposal must email CRFB at crfb@housing.illinois.edu 5 business days prior to the CRFB meeting date. The CRFB meetings are held in person, contact CRFB if you wish to attend.

CRFB Training

CRFB Training will be conducted through a training module created using Web Tools. Individuals may contact crfb@housing.illinois.edu for the link to the training module.  

Joining CRFB

If you are interested in serving on the CRFB, please email CRFB@housing.illinois.edu or look for advertisements regarding our recruitment efforts. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the CRFB make decisions?

CRFB is a group of 10–12 student members and one advisor. The advisor does not have a vote. The CRFB will only vote on requests when there are at least five members present. A two-thirds majority of those present is required to approve a funding amount.

CRFB members discuss each request and reflect upon the criteria and similar funding requests, come to a common recommendation, and call a vote. Then they vote on the suggested funding amount. If it passes, they move on to the next request. If it does not, they discuss further until they are able to come to another funding amount and vote again. This continues until a two-thirds majority of members present (minimum of five present) approve the amount, even if the amount is $0.

Review the CRFB Guiding Document and Funding Criteria (PDF) 

How much money is there to be allocated?

The CRFB typically allocates an amount between $75,000–$85,000 each academic year.

What happens after the CRFB makes a decision?

The person who submitted the request, along with the Prostaff advisor of the group being represented, receives an email with the CRFB decision. This message includes a reminder to submit the post-audit within seven days of the event's occurrence or the money will not be transferred.

If you are denied, receive a lesser amount than requested, or have questions for follow-up, you can email CRFB@housing.illinois.edu.

How does the money work?

Once your request is approved, you will work with your Prostaff advisor to make any needed purchases or arrangements.

CRFB funds up to the amount granted; however, all other secured funding must be utilized before CRFB funds will be transferred. Any stipulations on funding must be considered.

After the event, it is critical that you submit the post-audit within seven days. Once the post-audit is submitted the funding request gets placed into our transfer procedures. You can submit the post-audit electronically through this website. Once you submit the post-audit electronically, a copy of all receipts must be sent as an attachment by email to crfb@housing.illinois.edu

Paper post-audits are no longer accepted. Please use the electronic method only.

Having Trouble Submitting Your Post-Audit?

If you are experiencing trouble with the online form, please email us at the email below.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Central Residential Funding Board, please contact us at CRFB@housing.illinois.edu or call CRFB at (217) 244-9707.