If you have an idea for an event that you know other students are interested in and you would like a helping hand towards the costs involved, then please get in touch with your subject rep for a chat before making a funding application as described below. We can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to help everyone, as funds are limited, but please talk to us and we’ll see what we can do. Events should be open to all OCA students and, if numbers are limited, be on a first come, first served basis.
Some ideas for the kinds of things you might like to arrange include:
- craft-making / music-making events
- gallery / exhibition / concert / theatre visits
- book groups
- organised lectures / seminars
- social networking activities
- participation in a local arts event
- student-run workshops / creative group projects
The OCA has students all over the world, and we’d like as many students as possible to be included, so if at all possible please also try to arrange something online that’s related to your activity so that anyone can join in, such as sharing photos, videos or recordings online alongside a discussion. For example, someone present at the event could do a Q & A session after the event in an OCA forum or on Twitter.
The OCASA website will publish the amount of money available for OCA students in the current financial year, along with information about how to apply. If you have a particular aspect in mind that you’d like funding for (e.g. room hire, equipment hire or a guest speaker), please find out the costs before you apply. Please remember that due to funds being limited, OCASA is not likely to be able to fund the whole event, unless it is very small, but let us know what you need and we’ll do our best to help.
1) Your event must be organised exclusively for OCA students. You need to discuss your event with other OCA students before applying for funding, so that you know that other students want to be involved.
2) One student must be chosen to be the main contact with the committee.
3) The financial year runs from September to September, and we anticipate that we will be granted more funds from OCA at the start of each financial year. We will aim to spread the availability of funds out throughout the year. However as the available amount will diminish as funds are allocated, it is advisable to apply for funds as early as possible in the financial year.
4) If you are successful and receive funds from OCASA, we request that you share feedback about the event on the OCASA website, including information such as how you went about organising it, what equipment / facilities you used, what you learnt from the event and what you think worked particularly well. You might include comments from other students present, photographs, video clips or audio recordings. This will help other students to learn something from your experiences and to plan other similar events in the future.
5) OCASA will provide the money in good faith and expects the organiser(s) to ensure that all students present at the event are covered by any necessary insurance where applicable. OCASA will not be liable for any damages or losses incurred to individuals or establishments whilst the event is taking place.
6) The OCASA committee’s decision is final. We’ll publish a list of all of the events funded for that year on the OCASA website at the end of the year.
Applicants are invited to first talk to their OCASA rep, and then submit a completed OCASA funding application form (download below) along with a short paragraph explaining why you want to hold the event and what you hope you and other students will gain from it.
OCASA funding application form (Word document)