The organization or interest group which has a formal plan for sustaining the Schweitzer project may apply for up to $1,000 in funding. Prior to submitting the application, the Fellow(s) and the mentors should work together to develop the sustainability plan and submit it to the North Carolina Program Director for feedback. Please be specific regarding the commitment from the organization. Will an official leadership role be created in the organization with the responsibility to lead the project? Will a new leader be elected each year? Provide detailed information regarding the logistics of the sustainability plan. For example, “XYZ Group agrees to lead 1.5 hours weekly sessions for a total of 10 weeks for 15 participants in a workshop series. We will hold 3 workshops series over the course of the academic year.” Additionally, a detailed budget outlining the ways in which the funding will be used needs to be submitted as an attachment. Keep in mind, funds can only be used to support project sustainability. If the need is less than $1,000 to sustain the project, please only apply for the dollar amount you actually require.
Application deadline is April 1.
Plans for sustainability may include:
- Integration of the project into ongoing site programming
- Purchase of equipment or materials which will allow the project to be sustained
- Establishment of an ongoing relationship with an interest group at the university or a community group which will continue the project as a service initiative. (A letter confirming the intent needs to be provided at the time the application is submitted.) The sustaining organization/group should be willing to commit to approximately 100 hours of service. Keep in mind, identifying an individual or peer to continue the project is not considered a long-term sustainable plan as this is too personality dependent.
The written description of the plan does not need to be lengthy. Only enough information to convey how the project will be sustained along with the detailed budget is required.
If you have questions, please contact the Program Director.