Small grants program
Please note the CUSGP is currently suspended
The Concordia University Small Grants Program provides financial support up to $1000.00 to full time or part-time students, on a competitive basis, towards special projects meeting the criteria listed below.
Following the November 14th deadline, the funding currently directed to the Small Grants Program will be distributed via the Concordia Council on Student Life Special Project fund. The following offices will be contributing funding to the CCSL awards: the offices of the President and Vice-Chancellor, the Provost, the Vice-President External Relations & Secretary-General, the Vice-President Research & Graduate Studies, Vice-President Services.
- Concordia University full or part time students in good standing who maintain their status during the time the funds will be used.
- If the project is associated with a group of students registered at another university, the Project Endorsement Form for External Applicants must be completed by the Program Chair or the Dean of Students at their respective university.
- Each project must have a Project Leader.
- Conference travel: Support towards presenting or exhibiting at a conference.
- Conferences on Campus: Support towards the logistics of organizing a conference.
- Guest Speaker(s) on Campus: Support towards the cost of bringing a guest speaker on campus, excluding honoraria fees.
- Internal or External Community project: Support towards the development of a new or enhanced project of a short-term or ongoing nature that meets significant community needs.
- Other categories: Any activity that does not fall under one of the above categories may also be considered, provided a sufficient rationale is given.
- Projects relating to sustaining publications are not eligible for this program – projects that relate to publications may only be considered where the publication is a component of another community initiative or in relation to the launch of a publication.
- Funding will not be granted retroactively – all proposed projects must begin sometime after the respective submission deadlines.
- Priority will be given to applicants who have not applied before.
- Projects that form part of a student’s required curriculum or program will not be considered.
- Honoraria and salary for staff and students will not be considered.
- Bursaries and endowments will not be considered.
- Graduate students and conference funding: Graduate students should first apply for funding from the School of Graduate Studies within any of its conference funding competitions before applying to this competition. Read about conference funding options at the School of Graduate Studies.
Applications will be judged on originality, quality and completeness of the application, funding required in the context of other requests and funding available, and feasibility of the project or initiative.
Ensure your application considers/responds to the following questions:
- How does your project align with the university's strategic framework: Reaching Up, Reaching Out: A Strategic Framework for Concordia University.
- How will the project benefit Concordia students?
- How will the project benefit an external organization or stakeholders where applicable?
- Have you sought other sources of funding (detail the funding you have applied for and indicate the status of the request)?
Applications (downloaded from this page) must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org as per the deadlines set out below. Your application must include the following:
- Completed Checklist.
- Application Form completed by Project Leader.
- Project Endorsement Form completed by Project Leader and signed by the supervising professor endorsing the project or the Dean of Students.
- In the case of graduate students, the form should be completed by either the thesis supervisor or the graduate program director.
- This form must confirm the availability or lack of Departmental or Faculty funds.
- A Letter of Intent (approximately 250 words) in which the Project Leader describes the project, its purpose, how it is related to their area of study, its alignment with Reaching Up, Reaching Out: A Strategic Framework for Concordia University, and how it will benefit the Concordia community and/or an external community group. Please include a time frame for the project.
- Detailed budget and justification of costs to be incurred plus identification of any other financial support requested and/or confirmed. Include supporting documentation for all predicted costs (i.e. flight pricing). Please refer to sample budget provided.
- For conference travel: A copy of the conference or exhibit program and itinerary must be included with the application. Applicants must also include a letter of support from their course instructor, supervisor, graduate program director, or department chair.
- For conferences on Campus: A copy of the guest speaker's CV must be provided along with a copy of the Concordia booking request form.
- Guest speaker: A copy of the following documents must be included with submission: conference program; list of speakers; schedule/order of proceedings; Concordia booking request form.
If your project is approved:
- Funding will be provided in the form of full or partial reimbursement of original receipts submitted.
- The committee will also consider providing in-kind funding where appropriate.
- A detailed Project Report (maximum 1000 words) must be submitted by the Project Leader at completion of the project.
- The Project Report must include a summary of the project with results and final detailed budget with copies of supporting documents; recommendations; a copy of all promotional materials that may have been used, copy of any media clippings.
For information & assistance
Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor
514.848.2424 ext. 4851