Student Sustainability Fund (SSF)
The UNB Student Union and UNB Sustainability have partnered to develop the Student Sustainability Fund (SSF) following a successful referendum during the Student Union elections in the spring of 2019. This fund will be available to any undergraduate students on the UNB Fredericton campus that is interested in developing sustainability related projects or programs on campus.
The SSF will offer funding for on campus events, programs and projects in three different streams: less than $500, between $500-$1000 and greater than $1000. For the majority of projects, individual students will need to be affiliated with a ratified student club or society OR have a staff/faculty liaison in order to receive funding. Interested students should review the SSF Terms & Conditions and the SSF Eligibility Criteria carefully before beginning the application process.
Applications will be evaluated by the UNBSU Finance Committee based on the SSF Evaluation Criteria. For projects with a funding request greater than $1000 or that impact existing campus infrastructure, the SSF Working Group will also review the applications based on the same criteria. Applications can be submitted throughout the year if the requested funding is less than $1000. For larger projects, there will be two deadlines throughout the year, one per semester. The deadlines will be announced at the beginning of each academic year. For the 2019/20 academic year, the deadlines are November 15th, 2019 and January 31st, 2020. These were chosen to allow as much time as possible for project implementation.
Projects should attempt to address gaps in current campus sustainability programming or align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Once approved, funds will made available according to the UNBSU Financial Policy.
Who can apply for the fund?
Individual students can apply for funding below $500 with the endorsement of a UNB faculty or staff member OR apply for funding related to expanding their own sustainability education (attending a conference, workshop, etc.). Groups of students seeking to apply for projects funding will need to be in a ratified UNBSU Club or Society OR have the endorsement of a UNB faculty or staff member.
How can students apply for funding?
Students who have ideas for sustainability-focused projects they want to implement on UNB campus will bring them forward for an initial consultation with UNB Sustainability staff before submitting a formal application to the UNBSU Finance Committee. Project applications will follow a similar procedure to the existing UNBSU Financial Policy for Clubs and Societies.
How are funds distributed?
Once approved, funds can be distributed through existing procedures in place with the UNBSU Finance Committee. Applications from independent students not associated with a UNBSU ratified Club or Society may choose to receive the funds through either an account associated with a UNB faculty or staff member.