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How to apply for a student grant

Be Spartan Green Student Project Fund proposals can take a variety of forms, including:

  • Campus facilities and environment improvements, both indoors and outdoors
  • Education or awareness activities, such as speaker or film series, competitions, demonstrations or training
  • Improvements in campus procedures, processes or systems
  • Innovative sustainability-related research

The Preliminary Proposal Application must be submitted as a Portable Document File (PDF). Proposals should be double spaced and written in a standard font (Times New Roman, Calibri, Arial) using no smaller than 11pt font size. If charts or graphs are used, please make sure that they are clearly labeled and easy to read. Please number the pages in the document.

The proposal must include the following:

Project summary

In 300 words or less, provide a summary of your project and its intended benefits for MSU. The summary should outline what you plan to do, how you plan to do it and when.

Campus partners and resources  

In 300 words or less, describe the kinds of assistance, resources or approvals you believe are needed for your project if funded. Identify any faculty, staff or departments who have already committed to your project.

Student involvement and engagement

In 300 words or less, describe how students will be engaged in the project and provide the names and roles of student project leaders. Describe how students will learn or benefit from the project.

Measurable outcomes

In 300 words or less, outline the projected short- and long-term impacts and of your project. If your project is funded, what quantifiable impacts do you expect it to have after one year? The outcomes may relate to engaging the campus community in reducing environmental impact, enriching student experience or economic payback for the university.

Estimated budget

Describe the types of costs your project may incur and how you would spend any funding that's received. Please note any anticipated matching funds or donations to the proposed project. Remember these are just estimates but some online research will make sure your budget is realistic and justifiable. Limited to one page.

Please refer to the Student fund budget worksheet (xlsx).