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Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF)

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The Sustainability Projects Funding (SPF) allocates funds to provide support for essential educational experiences and activities that aid and supplement the fundamental educational mission of CSUSM.   Sustainability Projects are defined as those activities and projects that are integrally related with helping the campus meet its sustainability goals.

This year ASI has allocated approximately $15,000 to SPF to fund projects that positively affect CSUSM’s sustainability efforts, reduce the University’s environmental impact, and help to “green” our campus.  ASI administers the SPF through a Sustainability committee. 


Project Process

  1. ASI will email award letters to the student recipient and faculty advisor prior to the end of the academic year in which the application was approved.  
  2. Award recipients must schedule an initial meeting with ASI representatives prior to the start of any project planning or purchasing in order to review ASI and CSUSM purchasing guidelines and project implementation. This meeting must be scheduled by last day of August.
  3. All award recipients must submit a mid-year report and a final report at the end of the fiscal year in which the project took place. The reports must include all spent monies with receipts, as well as a synopsis of the project’s outcomes, challenges, and successes.

Project Guidelines

The following guidelines should be kept in mind when preparing the Request for Funds.

  1. Projects must directly address sustainable solutions on CSUSM’s campus.
  2. All proposed projects must have a clearly defined, measurable outcome;
  3. CSUSM students or CSUSM recognized student organizations may submit proposals. Individuals and organizations outside CSUSM may not submit proposals.
  4. SPF will not support projects already mandated by law or CSUSM policy directive (e.g., standards for green building in new construction or social inclusion standards, etc.), since CSUSM is already obliged to allocate funds for such projects.
  5. SPF will not provide personal grants or funds to an individual in support of individual research.
  6. All projects shall have a mechanism for evaluation and follow up after funding has been dispersed.
  7. Projects should be fiscally sustainable and fall within the allocated funds for the academic year. The grant is meant to be a one-time award.  If a project is to be on going or reoccurring, the project plan must include a mechanism for funding after the conclusion of the academic year.
  8. If a project has on going benefits (e.g. annual cost savings), the project plan must include a mechanism for reporting these benefits back to the committee on an annual basis.
  9. Projects proposals must have publicity, education, & outreach components. Student participation and involvement is highly encouraged.
  10. Projects shall have received all necessary written approval by appropriate campus officials prior to consideration.
  11. Funds cannot be used for financing new infrastructure projects (i.e. new buildings or similar).
  12. Preference will be given to projects that positively impact both social and environmental sustainability and take into account all impacts.
  13. Projects shall take place on the CSUSM campus and should be accessible to all CSUSM students, staff and faculty.

Apply now!

Applications open February 10, 2020 and close March 25, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

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