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Sustainability Project Funding Proposal


Definition:  Sustainability Projects are defined as those activities and projects that are integrally related with helping the campus meet its sustainability goals.

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

The SPF provides funding for 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 student-majority committee. 

Project Guidelines:
  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 groups 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.  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.

Final Report: All recipients ASI Sustainability Projects funds must submit a final report at the end of the fiscal year in which the activity took place. The report must include all spent monies and receipts, as well as a synopsis of the project’s outcomes, challenges, and successes.

Accountability: Upon review of a report, the committee shall determine whether the spent funds were within the scope of the project. If the committee feels the funds were spent outside of the project scope, the committee shall pursue the return of the funds to the Sustainability Project Fund

The committee shall periodically approve a schedule of specific types of projects that require additional approvals prior to consideration for Sustainability Projects funding. These additional approvals ensure that the University is aware of the project and that the project complies with University regulations.

Fiscal responsibility: Because of ASI’s requirements for fiscal responsibility and oversight, all approved projects submitted by student groups must have an advisor from the faculty or the CSUSM staff. This advisor will be responsible to ASI & the university for administration of grant monies. However, ownership of the project and submit of proposal must be completed by student group members. All approved projects must receive final signature approval from the ASI Executive Director, or designee, after the committee has approved the awarded projects.

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2017/18 Call for Proposals

October 10, 2017                  Call for Proposals

October 10, 2017                  Packets Available on the ASI website at

October 27, 2017                  Proposals are due to ASI in USU 3700 by noon

November 17, 2017            Presentations & Deliberations

November 27, 2017             Recommendations to ASI Executive Director


2017-2018 Chair – Kim Anderson