Practical Small Grants for Practical Good Deeds
CPP News Service
You may, as the old cliché goes, thank heaven for small
miracles, but you may be able thank the Public Interest Research Group
at Simon Fraser University for small grants.
A newly announced micro grant program by the SFPIRG is set up to give
up to $300, or more for special projects, to any lower mainland
non-profit social justice or environmental awareness group or
independent progressive magazines.
“SFPIRG is promoting the availability of funds to support local
grassroots social and environmental justice work,” says the
organization’s web site, which stresses the pronunciation of its long
acronym as “ess-eff-perg.”
The group, formed on the campus in the late 1970s, is a student-run
voluntary research and advocacy project that is affiliated to PIRGs
across North America.
“Our goal is to educate, inform, and support SFU students, and the
community, about various social, economic, and environmental issues,
and to strive for justice in these areas.”
The group offers three categories of funding, which can be accessed in
The first is the standard under-$300 category grant. The SFPIRG
donations committee continually accepts applications for donation
requests for amounts under $300. To apply, organizations must send a
SFPIRG's Donation Committee outlining their request. Applications must
include how much money is needed, the nature of the organization and
the reason they need the funds.
Secondly, SFPIRG has funds to support the production of grassroots
magazines and publications. Anyone is welcome to apply to this fund.
Applicants must fill out the Zine Fund Donation Request Form, available
on line or by mail or fax, and submit it to the SFPIRG donations
committee. These funds are dispersed three times per year. Deadlines
are Nov 15, 2003, Feb 15, 2004 and June 15, 2004.
Finally, the group does offer funding over $300 for larger special
projects or initiatives through its Fund for Larger Donations. The
applications for this type of grant are available in the same manner as
the Zine Fund form. These funds are dispersed three times per year as
well. Deadlines are Nov 15, 2003, March 1, 2004 and July 1, 2004.
Applicants must complete the appropriate forms for each of the funds.
They, along with more detailed criteria and other information, are
available on the SFPIRG website at www.sfu.ca/~sfpirg or in the SFPIRG
office, TC 326.
The forms can be submitted via fax, e-mail or hard mail to:
Donations Committee c/o SFPIRG
TC 326, SFU, Burnaby, BC. V5A 1S6