Student Foundation Activity Grants

Winter 2018 Student Foundation Activity Grant applications are due October 27, 2017 and spring 2018 applications are due February 16, 2018--5 pm sharp.

Student Foundation Activity Grants are offered by The Evergreen State College Foundation Board of Governors and administered by the Academic Grants office. This program supports the projects of individual undergraduate and graduate students, student teams and student-faculty teams. Activity Grant projects are usually carried out in conjunction with academic programs or independent learning contracts. All projects must have at least one faculty sponsor.

In the past, the program has supported a variety of efforts, including theatrical productions, art projects and exhibitions, scientific research, video and film productions, student literary magazines, and expenses for students to attend professional conferences and present their work. Here is a list of funded Activity Grant projects since 2006-07.

Demand is high for these grants. The maximum award for an individual student is $800. A team of two students or more may apply for a maximum of $1,500. Apply once per cycle only (i.e. either as an individual student or as a member of a team, not both).

Student Foundation Activity Grants are open to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled during the quarter for which they are applying for funding.  A student may only apply for one grant per quarter.  Grant awards are funded for one quarter only, though a recipient may apply for an extension to the Academic Grants office.

Application procedures

To apply, submit an application packet by 5 pm on the deadline date. The entire application packet must be typed. It must include:

  • A completed Foundation Activity Grant application form. An electronic copy of the form may be downloaded here: (Foundation Activity Grant Application in Word | Foundation Activity Grant Application in PDF). To fill in the form using Word software, type your entry in the gray shaded fields. Use the tab key or your mouse to move between fields. (On some versions of Word, you may need to turn off the document's protection. From the Tools menu, select "Unprotect Document.") Provide your current contact information, include your email address and check it regularly.
  • A three-page proposal narrative that includes:
    • A brief project description with a timeline specifying key milestones and anticipated completion date.
    • A description of your work product.  What is the outcome of your work--a scientific paper, a piece of art, a film, a performance, something else? How will you share your work.
    • An explanation of how the proposed project fits into your current academic work.
    • An explanation of how the proposed project is important to your Evergreen career (or the careers of the applicant team): What education or experiences qualifies you and your team to complete the project? How will the project enhance your knowledge and abilities? How will it further the your goals for future work (academic, personal, volunteer, or employment)?
    • A discussion of how you will hold to one or more of Evergreen's five core teaching and learning values in completing the project: interdisciplinary study, collaborative learning, learning across significant differences, personal engagement, linking theory with practical applications.
    • An explanation of the project's significance. What makes this project important beyond its direct, immediate impact for you? What meaningful future work will it help you prepare for? Will it bring beauty, knowledge, a new way of seeing to others? Will it expand knowledge in your field in a significant way? If the project is to have a legacy, what would it be and what will you do to bring it about?
    • References cited
  • A budget with sufficient detail for a reviewer to understand the major costs of the project. The budget should include enough information about how costs were determined for reviewers to assess if the requested award is reasonable and necessary.

Proposals must be typed. Choose Arial or Times New Roman font, no smaller than 12 point. Single spacing is acceptable, but nothing lower (i.e., .99 and below). The narrative and budget pages should have at least one-inch margins all around.

Special conditions and limitations do apply.  For additional information about the Student Foundation Activity Grant application process and conditions of award, please read the Guidelines for Student Foundation Activity Grants. If you have questions about whether your project would be appropriate, email us at

Complete applications include all the information requested on this web site.  Additional supporting materials are not required, but you may submit slides, photographs, portfolio samples, etc. for review. Don't submit any materials you want back.

Submission Guidelines

E-mail submissions are preferred. Send your electronic applications to You may instead submit a hard copy of your application and/or any supporting documents in person or by regular mail to John McLain, mail stop L3821. Your application must be received by the deadline date by 5 pm sharp. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Grant awards will be announced by the beginning of the quarter for which you are applying.

Sample Proposals

The link below provides examples from proposals that were awarded in previous quarters. We thank those students who graciously allowed us to post their proposals as samples. (Please note, these proposals do not include the required Foundation Activity Grant Application Forms of individual students; instead a page was inserted with title and name(s) of submitting student(s). Be sure to submit the required form with your narrative and budget!)

Samples of several successful Student Foundation Activity Grant applications

Forms and Downloads