Applications for spring quarter student projects are due February 8 at 5 p.m.  

In Olympia:
•        Wednesday, January 23, 5 to 6, Library  0406
•        Thursday, January 24, 12 to 1, Library 2205
In Tacoma:
•        Tuesday, January 22, 2 to 3 and 5 to 6, Tacoma Campus
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Foundation Activity Grants provide project funding for individual students, student teams, and student-faculty teams. Grant funded projects are carried out as part of a student’s work in academic programs or individual learning contracts. All projects must have at least one faculty sponsor. Faculty may also participate as part of a student team. The Activity Grant program is funded by The Evergreen State College Foundation and administered by the college’s Academic Grants office.

Over the years the program has supported a variety of efforts, including theatrical productions, art projects and exhibitions, scientific research, video and film productions, implementation of sustainable agricultural practices, student journals and literary magazines, and expenses for students to attend professional conferences and present their work.

Students may apply as individuals or in teams. The maximum award for an individual student is $900.  Teams of two students or more may apply for up to $1,800 total for a project. The Foundation usually awards between 20 and 30 students a year. Competitions are held in November for winter quarter awards and in February for spring quarter awards.

Application procedures: To apply for spring quarter projects, submit a complete application by 5p.m. on Friday, February 8 to the Academic Grants office, Library 2211. This date and time are firm; applications that are incomplete or that are submitted after the deadline will not be considered. 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: (Word | 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, especially an e-mail address that you check 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 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?
  • 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.

Additional supporting materials are not required, but you may submit slides, photographs, portfolio samples, etc. for review. Electronic images and recordings are preferred.  Don’t submit any materials you want back.

E-mail submissions are preferred. Send your electronic applications to You may also submit a hard copy of your application and/or any supporting documents in person or by regular mail to Dorothea Collins, Library 2211. Your application must be received (not postmarked) by the deadline.

Spring quarter Activity Grant award announcements will be made before or during the first week of spring quarter.

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