Frequently Asked Questions

Have Questions? We’ve got answers.

Want to apply for funding but don’t know where to start? Is your project eligible for funding? Find answers to the most frequently asked SPF question here.

When is the deadline to submit my application?

Application deadlines depend on the project stream you’re applying to. For projects requesting under $300 (Tiny Stream), applications are accepted on the 1st of every month. The Under $5,000 and Over $5,000 project applications accepted on a rolling basis. The Big Wave Stream accepts pre-applications on the 1st October, 1st February, and 1st June of each academic year.   

How long will it take to hear back?

For Under $300 applications, SPF Staff will get in touch with you within the two weeks following the application deadline.

For Under $5,000 and Over $5,000 streams, SPF staff will be in touch within two weeks after you submit your application to provide feedback. The timeline for learning whether or not your application was successful depends on the Governance Council meeting schedule.

The response time for Big Wave applications depends on how efficiently you complete Stage 2 of the Big Wave application process after receiving the Governance Council's initial feedback.

Can I get feedback on my idea before I submit my application?

Yes, you can get in touch with the spf.sustainability [at] (subject: Project%20feedback%20-%20SPF%20Steward) (SPF Steward) for feedback before you submit your application but all project teams will receive feedback on their application before it is handed over to the Governance Council.

Is there a budget limit?

No! The SPF has funded projects of all sizes, including those upwards of $100,000.

How long do I have to use the funding?

Teams have 12 months to use the allocated funding. The start date will be determined once applications have been approved.

How is the funding allocated?

The SPF Governance Council is the group responsible for ultimately deciding which projects receive funding. While the SPF staff and the Director of the McGill Office of Sustainability sit the Governance Council, they are not voting members and therefore have no say in which projects receive funding.

Once a project is approved, the funding will be held in a specific account and distributed to the team as needed.

I don't have a project idea right now. Is there another way to get involved with the SPF?

We recommend following the McGill Office of Sustainability on Facebook and Twitter for opportunities to get involved. You can also subscribe to our newsletter for upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Can I get involved in an ongoing project?

Some SPF projects welcome volunteers. We recommend exploring Past Projects and getting in touch with teams through the contact information provided.

Can I get reimbursed for a project I am already working on?

No, funding is not eligible for expenses made prior to applying.

Who can apply for funding?

Any current member of the McGill community – meaning students, staff and faculty – can apply for funding.

Does the SPF fund research?

The SPF typically does not fund research projects. For sustainability-related research, get in touch with the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative. You can also check out other funding options here.

Does the SPF fund events?

The SPF’s mandate is to kick-start initiatives that will have long-term impact on campus. For that reason, the SPF does not typically fund stand-alone events. However, the Tiny Stream and Under $5,000 Stream can provide support for small-scale, sustainability-related events. Learn more here.

Does the SPF fund paid positions?

The SPF can fund paid positions for no more than 12 months. Please get in touch with the spf.sustainability [at] (subject: Project%20feedback%20-%20SPF%20Steward) (SPF Steward) for more information about funding available for paid positions.

Does the SPF fund conferences or conference attendance?

No, the SPF will not fund conferences or conference attendance.


Have a question that isn't answered here? Get in touch with the spf.sustainability [at] (SPF Steward).


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