OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Grants

Source

The OSU Student & Incidental Sustainability Fee is the sole source of funding for the Student Sustainability Initiative and its subsidiary programs, projects, and funds. As of the beginning of the 2013 Academic Year, this fee is $11.07 per student per term for the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, and $0 for the Summer quarter.

More information on the OSU Student & Incidental Fees can be found at the Student & Incidental Fees Committee (SIFC) website.

 

Process

At OSU, student-coordinated programs are funded 100% by student fees. To ensure that these fees are appropriately collected and used, each student-fee funded unit is overseen by a student-chaired advising and budgeting board composed of students, faculty, staff, and community members. For the SSI, this is the Student Sustainability Initiative Fee Advisory Board (SSI Fee Board).

Every January, the Fee Board drafts a budget proposal and presents that proposal to the SIFC. The SIFC reviews the proposal and works with the board to ensure it meets the established criteria for funding. Once the SIFC is certain the proposed budget meets those criteria, it presents the proposal for public input, modifies the proposal accordingly, and then presents it to the ASOSU Congress. If the congress challenges the proposal, mediation between a congressional subcommittee and the SIFC must be pursued to yield agreement on a revised proposal. Once the congress approves the proposal, it is presented to the President of Oregon State University for recommendation to the Oregon University System. That process results in a fee being set for the following fiscal year that the institution, as an agent of the state government, will then collect on behalf of students, and redistribute to the funded units.

 

Use

Of the $632,340 that will be collected by the SSI during the 2013 Academic Year, a little less than one fifth ($114,140) will be used to directly support the operation of the program and its projects, events, and campaigns. The rest will go towards the SSI's grant programs, renewable energy projects, and public transportation resources for the OSU community. A simplified example of the SSI's budget over the past three years can be seen below. (Current and past budgets are available on the Annual Budget page.)

Budget Category 2011 2012 2013
Operating Budget  $92,220 $100,428  $114,140
Project Grants $12,000 $26,795 $21,600
Travel Grants $0 $10,000 $5,000
Wage Grants $0 $0 $8,000
Research Grants $0 $0

$0

Revolving Loan Fund $100,000  $100,000 $0
Renewable Energy Projects  $359,000 $392,150 $482,100 
Public Transportation $205,230 $57,321 $60,096
TOTAL $563,220  $629,373  $632,340 

 

Distribution

A significant portion of the SSI's annual budget is distributed to projects not immediately overseen by the SSI. Some of these funds may be available to you.

  • If you are a student:
    • You might be eligible for a travel grant that could fund an educational opportunity that will require traveling.
    • You can apply for a project grant to fund a student-managed sustainability related project.
    • You could explore the possibility of applying for a research grant for a sustainability related research project you're pursuing.
  • If you are a faculty or staff member:
    • You might be able to work with your Building Manager and the SSI to pursue a Sustainable Energy Revolving Loan to help fund a sustainable energy project on campus.
    • You could approach the SSI about the possibility of pursuing a fully-funded renewable energy project on campus.
    • You can apply for a wage grant to fund a student employee focusing on sustainability related work within your department.
  • If you are a community member:
    • You can work with a student group on campus to jointly apply for a project grant.
    • You could approach an SSI projects coordinator to inquire about collaboration or sponsorship of an operational-fee-funded project, event, or campaign.

The intention of having these opportunities available is to not just make OSU more sustainable, but to encourage its community members to pursue their own vision of sustainability. If none of these sound quite right, feel free to contact the Administrative Coordinator about involvement opportunities.