Community Service Project Grant (CSP)

Are you part of a community organization and inspired to make a change? Need help getting started? You’ve come to the right place!

Each quarter, the Student Volunteer Center offers grants ranging from $100-$1000 for students seeking to implement a community service project in Santa Cruz.

 

Applications for Fall 2017 Grants are now closed!

Important Dates for Spring 2018 Applicants:

Informational Meetings: Week 4 and 5

Draft Proposals due: Week 6, Monday

Application Deadline: Week 6, Friday

Notification of Awards: Week 7

Fulfillment of Items: Week 8

About the CSP Grant

▪ Applications are due one-quarter before implementation of the service projects

▪ Applicants must attend an informational meeting to meet with the Director and discuss their grant proposal before the application deadline

▪ If you receive an award, the SVC Director will send you an award letter and a grant contract

Project Approval: What kinds or projects receive CSP Grants?

A CSP Grant may fund a wide variety of projects. Some examples of past projects that have been CSP Grants monies include tutoring programs, homeless garden projects, and after school music programs. Typically, grants are awarded to projects which address real community needs and that will offer long-term benefits for the community and any collaborating organizations. Each applicant is required to provide evidence of the said community need and to demonstrate that they have initiated and planned their proposed project. 

Eligibility: Who can apply?

Community Service Project Grants are available to individual UCSC students and student groups who are interested in designing and implementing quality, direct-service projects that address community needs or problems within Santa Cruz County.

▪ Grants will be awarded for community service projects that are student initiated and need seed money to get started

▪ Grants may be awarded to students seeking to implement a new long or short term program 

▪ Projects that continue on a yearly basis and have already received CSP Grant monies may be considered if sufficient evidence is given of a continually evolving program

▪ The student who submits the proposal must show evidence that they will be directly involved in the utilization of project funds

▪ Equipment and supplies will be funded if they are determined to be critical for the completion of the project organized and facilitated by the student applicant 

How do I apply?

You must complete the pre-meeting worksheet which found by clicking here and bring it to an informational meeting during week 4. At this meeting, you will learn more about what makes a succesful grant and receive help work shopping your proposal. This meeting is mandatory to be considered for a grant. Please email the SVC Director Laura Wishart at volunteer@ucsc.edu to schedule a meeting during week 4.

After you attend an informational meeting you will be asked to submit a draft of your proposal to Laura during weeks 5 or 6 so that she can provide feedback and suggest improbements. This can be done physically or electronically. Draft proposals should be submitted no later than Tuesday, November 7.

Note: Meetings are typically 30 minutes long. If you cannot make a meeting due to classes or other commitments, please email Laura at volunteer@ucsc.edu and we will try to accommodate you.

Awards: How much money can be awarded through a CSP Grant and how will it be dispersed?

▪ Students may submit a proposal for a CSP Grant ranging from $100-$1,000.

▪ Grants may be approved in full or partial amount, depending on the decision made by the CSP Grant Committee.

▪ Grant monies are awarded either in the form of a purchase order to be spent at vendors listed in your proposal, or through the Student Volunteer Center directly purchasing items outlined in your proposal.

Restrictions: What are the limitations for CSP Grant monies?

▪ CSP Grants are typically awarded for off-campus projects within the Santa Cruz County 

▪ Awards for salaries will not be funded 

▪ Personal living expenses will not be funded 

▪ Rent will not be funded 

Funds will not be awarded retroactively (Note: funds cannot be awarded to a project that has already been completed.)