Based on SCIF bylaws, a sustainable project is a project that contributes to one or more of the following areas of consideration.
Greenhouse gas reduction
Sewage and storm water output reduction
All types of pollution reduction
Operations improvements that decrease environmental impacts
Environmental procurement practices
Environmental leadership development within the university
Number of individuals with improved environmental literacy and increased levels of participation in conservation/sustainable activities
Education of and reputation building with surrounding community
Creative ways to convey and communicate aspects of conservation and climate change to the larger university community
Who can apply for SCIF grants?
Do SCIF projects have to be on campus?
SCIF projects must be either on campus or directly associated with campus. There have been off-campus projects with university partners in the past. For more information, see past annual reports.
How can I use SCIF grant money?
There are all sorts of projects that utilize SCIF funding. For more information, read the selection criteria and past annual reports.
What is the best size grant for my project?
Your grant size (small, medium, or large) should depend on your budget needs.
Those working on projects for course credit are recommended to apply for small or medium grant awards.
Those who have the flexibility to work on a project over multiple semesters (such as Block U final projects, theses, or departmental projects) are invited to apply for all three sizes of grants.
Medium grant projects that require a high degree of campus approval or have a high degree of complexity may be asked to apply with large grants so applicants can have increased levels of support during the design and implementation processes.
Do I need to work with other departments?
Many project ideas require collaboration with other departments on campus. These cross-departmental collaborations can occur with a range of the departments, including:
Facilities Management (including Energy Management, Landscape Maintenance, and Recycling)
Housing & Residential Education
Can I apply for more than one SCIF grant?
Yes, you are able to apply for additional grants as long as past grant contracts are fulfilled.
Students who have been successful on previous projects have a higher likelihood for success on larger/more-complex projects
Who can be an advisor?
Any University faculty or staff member.
Do I earn credits for SCIF?
No, but some classes have SCIF projects built into their curriculum.
Who decides whether a SCIF proposal receives funding?
Grants are evaluated by a seven-person committee, called the SCIF Allocations Committee, comprised of a cross section of campus that makes decisions for all grants over $1,000.
For all projects less than $1,000, the decisions are made by the SCIF Micro-grant Committee, which is comprised of the chief sustainability officer, a student representative, and the SCIF manager.
What is the process?
Set up a meeting with the SCIF manager.
Plan and design your project.
Contact all relevant parties – SCIF manager can help.
Submit rough draft of application and proposal to the SCIF manager for review.