Application tips

New CEI application & submission process


This year's process will require you to download and complete an application form document, and to then submit that document as a PDF via a two-step online submission form. Full instructions will be available on the APPLY NOW page.

Special funding for 2021: building and strengthening community resilience during COVID-19


Up to half of the available funding in 2021 will be considered for proposals specifically describing work with community partners to build and strengthen community resilience in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In both the downloadable application form and in PART A of the submission process, you will be asked to indicate whether or not your proposal describes such work. Your answer will determine your application deadline, as well as when your proposal will be evaluated (see below).

Deadlines to Apply:

  1. The deadline to apply for regular project funding through the 2021 CEI is April 16, 2021.
  2. 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.

Do you have a budget code? If not, will you need a new one to be created?


In PART A of the online submission process, you will be asked for your SFU account codes – project or non-project. Please have these ready as you will not be able to submit your application without them.

If you do not have a budget code yet, but know you are going to need a new one, the Office of Community Engagement will make the request for you. To facilitate that process, you will be asked to provide a name for the new account during PART A of the online submission process.

Failure to provide this information may be grounds for rejection of your proposal, so please plan enough time to prepare this information before you submit. Thank you!

Have you consulted the SFU Strategic Vision and the Strategic Community Engagement Plan?


The CEI Application will ask you to explore your project’s alignment with SFU's Strategic Community Engagement Plan and SFU’s Strategic Vision, as well as how will it exemplifies the practice of community engagement.

Please explore these pages and documents before preparing your application.

Who should tell the story of your project? If it's you, do you have permission?


Question #6 of the 2021 application form requires you to craft a short paragraph describing your project in readable and compelling terms. Please consider whose voice should be telling that story: often it is the community partners who may best describe the significance of their partnerships with SFU, and on whose terms that story should be told.

When providing a story summary of your project, please also keep in mind that it will be publicly displayed on our website, and we may even promote it (and your project) to exemplify the power of working equitably with community partners. So if you are going to name anyone or provide identifying pictures, please ensure you have appropriate consent and/or releases to do so.

About additional sources of expected 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.

Got more questions?

If you have a question that is not listed above, read FAQ section.