Funding process


Call for proposals

A call for proposals is made each year, and a deadline for submission is determined. 


Proposal Evaluation

Most years, propsals are evaluated in March/April by a committee that comprises selected senior staff and faculty. 

This year is different (please read below).


Proposal Acceptance

Offers of full or partial funding are extended and must be accepted within 7 days of the offer of funding.


Progress Report

A progress report on the implementation of your work is expected at a time that makes sense for your community partners and you.

Evaluation turnaround time

All applications are reviewed in April and May, and our goal is to communicate results and offer funding in June of the competition year.

This year, SFU’s ongoing commitment to supporting and strengthening community resilience during COVID-19 has necessitated some flexibility.

  • The deadline to apply for regular project funding through the 2021 CEI is a static deadline of April 16, 2021. We currently expect to evaluate such proposals in April and May to send out notifications within the month of June.
  • Proposals designed to strengthen community resilience in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will be considered on a rolling basis with funding allocated until exhausted. This will allow the proposal review committee to make timely decisions and to fund projects more quickly.

Whether your application is successful or not, you will be contacted about the result.

Other sources of funding

We strongly encourage all applicants to pursue additional sources of funding concurrently, if/where permitted to do so – doing so will not harm your CEI evaluation, and may actually strengthen a case where partial funding is under consideration.