The CCSL is the university's highest non-academic advisory committee regarding issues of student life on campus. CCSL voting members include students, faculty, student service administrators and staff.
CCSL makes funds available to support projects that enhance or contribute to the quality of student life at Concordia. Events, projects or initiatives that enhance student life are ones that seek to positively raise awareness or engage the student body in a social, political, educational or cultural context. The fund is designed to support innovative and unique activities rather than the on-going operating expenses of student groups and initiatives; after all, it is a special projects fund.
The fund should be distributed as equitably as possible amongst broad-based, university-wide projects of mass appeal, as well as small, target-based projects that have limited funding sources. Equitable distribution also includes an attempt to spread the funding across the four faculties and to projects that fall outside of faculty definitions, as well as between undergraduate and graduate-led initiatives.
The environmental, social and economic sustainability of a project is of great importance to the CCSL and funding decisions will be made with this in mind. The Council encourages all applicants to do their utmost to inform themselves of the many useful resources available to them at the university to ensure that the project is as sustainable as possible. These include:
Fall term: Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 5 p.m.
Winter term: Monday, February 5, 2024 at 5 p.m.
Applicants will receive results within six weeks of the deadline by email from the Dean of Students Office (please be sure to check your junk mail).
For projects that require the purchase of certain types of equipment and/or regulated/controlled goods it is your responsibility to ensure that proper training is taken prior to these purchases, whenever possible. Visit Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) for more information, the EHS Guideline for Training Requirements and to access the free training through Moodle. Funding may be withheld until proper training is taken. If training has already been completed, please include the certification confirmation with your application and/or claim if already approved for funding.
Applications will be reviewed by the Special Projects Sub-Committee (membership details below).
Applicants requesting over $5,000 from the CCSL will be required to submit a pre-recorded video presentation. These applicants will be contacted directly by the Dean of Students Office to confirm the process and dates for submitting a video presentation. If submitted by a student group, the applicant is expected to have applied to their umbrella association for a financial contribution. In addition, there must be evidence that the applicant has explored alternative means of funding.
The review committee will be provided with guidelines and eligible applications before the meeting. Members will review each application prior to the selection meeting.
The review committee will make decisions based upon the following criteria:
All eligible applications will be reviewed by the CCSL Special Projects Sub-Committee made up of the following members:
All appointments will be for one year (September 1-August 31). Ideally representatives will come from different academic faculties.
All members must act in an ethical and responsible manner and avoid any real or apparent conflict of interest. A conflict of interest may occur when one finds that:
Therefore, members or associates of groups submitting projects with which they are intimately involved must withdraw when their project is being considered.
Quorum shall be 6 out of 11 voting members.
Decisions will be rendered by simple majority among voting members present.
The Dean of Students Office will be the liaison between the committee and project applicants. All applicants will receive an e-mail explaining the results of the process.
Those approved will receive details of the procedures to be followed for claiming the funding.
Those being declined funding will be provided with the reason(s) and a list of possible alternate funding sources where applicable.
There is no appeal on a decision although re-application at the next deadline will be considered if concerns about the original project are addressed and the date of the project is eligible for the funding period requested.
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Fall 2023: Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 5 p.m.
Winter 2024: Monday, February 5, 2024 at 5 p.m.
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