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    From composting to social justice, the Community Action Fund for Equity & Sustainability program supports a diversity of projects proposed by students, staff and faculty. 

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    From composting to social justice, the Green Fund program supports a diversity of projects proposed by students, staff and faculty.

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    From composting to social justice, the Green Fund program supports a diversity of projects proposed by students, staff and faculty.

Community Action Fund for Equity & Sustainability (CAFES)

The Community Action Fund for Equity & Sustainability Committee is a student-led program that provides funding for projects and programs that advance sustainability, equity and social justice in and around Willamette’s campus and community.

The program was established in 2014 after undergraduate students voted in a referendum to create an optional fee of $25 per semester. Since then, it’s seen at least 80 percent participation by students. CAFES supports projects regarded to social justice, equity, and the environment, with the main mission of empowering students to make positive contributions to the Willamette community and greater Salem area. cafes-light-blue-logo.png

For questions please reference our FAQ page or contact the committee directly by emailing wu-greenfund@willamette.edu.

 

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Who can apply for a Green Fund grant?

Students have received funding to support a number of projects that advance sustainability, equity and social justice, including events, speakers, residence hall programming, training and professional development, recycling and donation programs, personal wellness, and improving facilities with water bottle filling stations and bike racks. In many cases students have collaborated with faculty and/or staff when developing their proposal. We're especially interested in projects that create leadership opportunities, engage many other students, and if possible create change and have a lasting impact. Project applications are submitted as mini-grants (between $500-3,000) or annual grants (over $3,000).

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Faculty have received funding to expand sustainability, equity, and social justice in their curriculum, incorporate service learning into their courses, support invited speakers, and more. While faculty may submit proposals in support of their research, the research should provide benefits to students (e.g., paid roles or research contributing to improvements in programs for students) since the Green Fund is supported by student fees.  Project applications are submitted as mini-grants (under $3,000) or annual grants (over $3,000).

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Staff have received funding to support facilities improvements (e.g., bike racks), improved wellness programming for students, targeted recycling programs, improving equipment reuse, and for greening labs and athletic events. The Green Fund committee looks forward to many more proposals from staff that advance sustainability, equity, and social justice on campus and in our community, and that provide direct or indirect benefits to students (a requirement since the Green Fund is supported with student fees). Project applications are submitted as mini-grants (under $3,000) or annual grants (over $3,000).

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