Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until November 1, 2015. The SPF will then have three deadlines per year (January, June and September). Please plan in advance and apply approximately six months before a funding decision is desired.
Depending on the number of applications received and on needed clarifications and iterations, it can take 2 to 6 months before a project team receives a decision.
In the fall of 2009 McGill's three student societies—SSMU, MCSS, and PGSS—came together with the McGill administration in a partnership to create this Sustainability Projects Fund. The proposal was passed by student referendum in November 2009, with 79 per cent of voters on the downtown campus voting to adopt the fund. Some 5,300 students voted, the second-highest total in SSMU history.
Students voted in record numbers to approved a $0.50/credit fee of up to a maximum of $15/year/student. The Administration committed to matching it dollar-for-dollar. The Sustainability Projects Fund was created to kickstart a culture of sustainability on McGill campuses. After an exceptionally successful three-year pilot period (2010-2013) that saw the funding of 92 projects worth $2.9 million, students voted again in a resounding commitment to renew their fee until Winter 2018.
The administration extended their commitment as well, for a further five years. The collaboration between students and the administration is also expressed in the parity (four students and four staff) Working Group who allocate SPF funds through consensus. About half of the projects are led by students, and half by staff (which includes faculty), though more than 80% are collaborative.
The Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) is an exciting way for members of the McGill community to contribute and be involved in building a culture of sustainability on McGill campuses through the development and seed-funding of interdisciplinary projects. In the first three years alone, SPF projects involved 72 McGill faculties and departments, 49 student groups, 106 community groups and 19 other universities.
You can also search the hashtag #McGillSPF to search twitter for current and past projects.