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Eco Social Justice Grant


Eco Social Justice Grant Application

Eco Social Justice Grant Budget Form

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About Eco Social Justice Grant (formerly TGIF)

Eco Social Justice Grant


Contact sustainability@pcc.edu[opens in new window] with questions or for additional information about the Eco Social Justice Grant process.

At PCC we’re all in this together.

Issues of environmental degradation, inequality, and economic disparity impact us all. Here at PCC we value our students, staff, and faculty and their commitment to sustainability as well as their advocacy and efforts towards creating more equitable, diverse and inclusive spaces across the district.

We are supporting and fostering a culture of collaborative, innovative problem solving using environmental sustainability and social justice initiatives to accomplish these goals. From our learning gardens, water bottle fill stations, our great bike programs and farm stand, to our annual #EcoSocialJusticeEvent, we have been working together to address our community’s most pressing ecological and social challenges with fresh ideas. We also feel that it is important to both celebrate and give thanks and acknowledgement to the amount of time, money, and effort that students have put towards making Portland Community College a nationally and globally recognized higher education institution and leader in the sustainability movement.

So, how did we get her and also find a way to support these ongoing efforts?

In 2008 the Associated Students of Portland Community College (ASPCC) District Student Council approved a ten cent addition to the student activity fee, creating The Green Initiative Fund. At the beginning of 2018, the ASPCC District Student Council unanimously agreed to change the name of this fund to the Eco Social Justice Grant (ESJG), this name change better reflects the broader scope of what these grants have been and will be dedicated to. This fund exists so that students, staff, and faculty can participate in our culture of innovation and contribute meaningful advances to sustainable practices. At PCC, our goal is to achieve sustainable excellence in all operations, to live our commitment to social justice, and to meet our targeted greenhouse gas reductions as detailed in the Climate Action Plan. If you have an idea for a project that moves PCC towards these outcomes, we want to hear from you!

The Eco Social Justice Grant is administered through a student majority governance board. We look forward to learning about your proposal. Please review the following criteria before submitting your application.

  • Student participation is encouraged in all projects.
  • Projects shall support efforts to reduce PCC’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Projects must be environmentally sound, socially just, and economically equitable.
  • Projects shall contain publicity, education, and outreach components.
  • PCC students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to submit project proposals. Individuals and organizations outside of the college are not allowed to submit project proposals.
  • The Eco Social Justice Grant is limited in funds and will preference projects with secured partial funding via other means. Other means may come from department budgets or outside sources.
  • The Eco Social Justice Grant funding will not support projects that are already mandated by law or college policy or currently paid for by the college.
  • All grantees allocated Eco Social Justice Grant funding are required to submit an End of Project Report to be released to the PCC community.

Before opening the application, read and prepare responses to the following questions. You must prepare your Project Narrative and Budget Narrative in advance in a Word or Google doc then cut and paste your answers into the application. Make a copy of and complete the Eco Social Justice Grant Budget Google Sheet then save it as a PDF. You will upload the PDF of your completed budget sheet at the bottom of your application. You will not have the option of saving your application and coming back to it later.

First and last name of primary contact person

PCC email of primary contact person

Phone number of primary contact person

First and last name of secondary contact person or persons

Email for secondary contact person or persons

Are you applying for the Eco Social Justice Grant as a student or staff/faculty?

What is the title of your project?

List any project sponsors such as staff or faculty, division or department.

Please tell us the start date and end date for your project. All projects must be completed by May 7th, 2021.

Is this a request for additional funds for an existing Eco Social Justice Grant project? If yes, include previous funding allocated and justification for additional funding requested in the Budget Narrative.

Which campuses will be served by your project? Rock Creek, Cascade, Southeast Center, Sylvania, CLIMB, Willow Creek, Newberg, or District Wide?


Please provide a Project Narrative (3,000 characters, or about 500 words).

  • Describe the problem or challenge and how your project solves it.
  • Provide a timeline and identify outcomes for your project.
  • What kind of labor needs to go into this project and who will do this labor?
  • How will you measure the success of your project?
  • Explain how your project is socially just, economically sound, and environmentally beneficial.
  • Tell us how your project will support other sustainability efforts on campus and help move the college beyond its current programs.

Please provide a Budget narrative detailing all sources of funding (pending and approved) for this project including grants, volunteer efforts, and in kind donations. (3,000 characters, or about 500 words).

  • If this is a request for additional funds for a project previously supported by The Green Initiative Fund or the Eco Social Justice Grant, you must provide a detailed budget of the previous funding.
  • Would your project still be viable if it does not receive complete funding from Eco Social Justice Grant?
  • What is the minimum amount of funding required for a successful project?
  • Will your project require ongoing funding? If yes, what is your strategy for sustaining the project after the grant period ends?

Upload a PDF of your completed Eco Social Justice Grant Budget Form and any supplemental documentation at the bottom of the application.

Directions for Eco Social Justice Grant Budget Form: Under File in the upper left corner, click “Make a copy.” After filling out your budget sheet save by clicking “Download as PDF.” Upload this PDF at the bottom of the application.

Eco Social Justice Grant Application

Eco Social Justice Grant Budget Form

Note: This is the first year of a two year biennium budget for Eco Social Justice Grant. The majority of funds will be allocated this round. The Eco Social Justice Grant will only open for additional submissions next year if there are funds remaining.


Previous Eco Social Justice Grant Projects

Over the years, TGIF and student leaders have supported the development of countless sustainability initiatives throughout the district, including but not limited to:

Learning Gardens

Learning Gardens

The Eco Social Justice Grant has funded much of the Rock Creek learning garden, as well as enhancements at the Sylvania learning garden, phase I of the Newberg learning garden, a master plan and now completed Southeast learning garden, and most recently, the Cascade Campus just got approved for design and installation of a Learning Garden as well!

Water Bottle Filling Stations

Water Bottle Filling Stations

Water bottle filling stations have been added all around the district, greatly reducing the consumption of plastic water bottles.

Bike Rentals

The Bike Programs at Cascade and Southeast are both Eco Social Justice Grant funded and student-managed.

OZZI Machine

OZZI Machine

Located on the Rock Creek Campus, the OZZI reduces our carbon footprint and diverts waste with reusable to-go food containers.

Digital Signage

The Digital Signage (televisions that display ads and save paper) were added all around the district.

Current Eco Social Justice Grant Projects

Cascade Learning Garden

The Cascade Learning Garden is the most recent large scale grant approved. It received funding for two phases and we are in the process of completing phase I which is the design phase. There is plans in the works to have a ribbon cutting ceremony at the 2018 Earth (Extended) Week to celebrate this project. Design and ribbon cutting pictures  to come…

Mobile Farm Stand

This project will provide fresh produce as part of the canteen food pantry offerings; it increases informal education on sustainable food and agriculture; it reduces the number of miles students, faculty, and staff drive to get their food; and it provides a revenue stream for the long-term sustainability of the Learning Garden.

Trees and Bees

This project will provide additional fruit trees to finish the orchard as well as raspberries and grans. Class and community members will be able to learn about small scale orcharding and cane fruit production. This project will also provide bee colonies for the beehives currently in the Learning Garden.

Welcome Kiosk RC Learning Garden

The Welcome Kiosk will serve as a bulletin board for new visitors, volunteers, community bed stewards, classes, and the community.  This will offer the latest event information, photos, handouts, volunteer engagement information and general education about the LG.  There will also be an area where community bed stewards and our LG staff can leave extra food from the days harvest to share.

Winter Food Production

Installation of hydroponic systems for growing greens and vegetables in an existing heated greenhouse.

Charging stations Solar Umbrellas

Solar powered outdoor charging station umbrellas will be added to our outdoor tables.

PCC Rainwater Harvesting Tank

To promote rainwater harvesting as a water, a water tank has been purchased by the ESJG to collect sufficient rainwater to cover 15% of the anticipated usage by LAT Department for resulting in 23,300 gallons per year.

Newberg Learning Garden

The development of the Learning Garden at PCC Newberg Center has been with the goal to provide space needed to offer new classes and continue the connection with the surrounding community. In the Learning Garden master plan we have included areas designated to implement environmental science, horticulture, landscape technology, building technology, psychology, physical education, health education, and various lab science classes. The Learning Garden has the potential for covered classroom areas, areas for accommodating a video projector, garden beds, an amphitheater, and a greenhouse. All these areas would be utilized to nurture learning for both students and staff. The next phase of the garden will include installation of the eight to ten raised beds for food production, two rain gardens, a drought-tolerant desert planting, finishing the cob tool shed with rainwater catchment system, an earthen oven, a rocket stove, the amphitheater, the greenhouse dome, and an herb spiral. Currently the fruit trees include persimmon, pawpaw, and berries. Later installations will include public art pieces, arbors, trellises, and benches. Food will be grown for use on-campus and for donation to food pantries. The mission of the Newberg PCC Learning Garden is to promote health, community, a space for lab science classes at PCC Newberg Center, interdisciplinary academic collaboration, student leadership development, and sustainable food systems education and experiences for Portland Community College students, faculty, staff and community members.