Empowerment Fund

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Center for Service & Action established the Empowerment Fund (EF). The purpose of the Empowerment Fund is to provide Loyola Marymount students with seed money which is to be used for special events, activities & programs with service and social justice elements. Special consideration will be granted to those groups and individuals collaborating with CSA’s Community Partners.

Apply for the Empowerment Fund

Application period: September 2018 – May 2019.

LMU students (group/club/organization) may apply for a grant of up to $375 for a service project or activity.

Application Review

Applications will be reviewed monthly and you will receive a response within five working days. Upon completion of your project and event, we ask you visit our office (located in St. Robert's Annex) to submit your receipts and meet with one of the Empowerment Fund Grant Reviewers to complete the evaluation. Please note that you must complete the evaluation before reimbursements are processed.

Fall2018 - Spring 2019 Due Dates

Please note the following due dates to submit an Empowerment Fund application during the 2018 - 2019 academic year. The application is available on LEO in the CSA portal.

  • October 16
  • November 13
  • December 4
  • January 22
  • February 12
  • March 12
  • April 16

Conditions and Requirements

  • The Empowerment Fund functions on a reimbursement basis. Approved Individuals, groups, or organizations will need access to funds necessary for the project, prior to the event. Reimbursement funds will be available after the completion of the event. In order to be reimbursed, original project receipts must be presented in a Post-Reflection interview with the EF Coordinator.
  • Any changes to the project or budget must be approved by the EF Coordinator in advance of the project date.
  • Approved applicants must contact the CSA within 1 week following the date of the project to schedule a Post-Reflection Interview.
  • All proposals must have a service or social justice focus.
  • All events, activities, or programs must collaborate with a community partner, 501 (c) (3) determined by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • All proposals must include project dates that occur in the same semester as the application in which the proposal is submitted.
  • Applications should be submitted by the deadline that is at least two weeks before the event. For example, if the event is on November 15, the application should be submitted by the October 16th deadline, not the November 15 deadline (2 days notice is too short). Failure to do so may result in disqualification of the application.
  • Requests cannot exceed $375 per project.
  • Funds may not be used for personal expenses, which include but are not limited to: applicant accessory, clothing, living, medical, or school expenses and supplies not listed on application form.
  • Funds may be used for the following: Project supplies particular to the event (example: A cleanup of a local youth center that requires paint, brushes, brooms, dust pans ect.), publicity, food, and transportation costs. Funding outside of the above parameters must be approved by CSA.
  • Projected expense summaries must be detailed. For example: Home Depot: Paint $50, Brushes $30, Brooms $20; TOTAL: $100.
  • Requests may not duplicate Student Reserve Board (SRB) requests. SRB award notification may be requested by CSA for verification purposes.
  • Individual/Groups/Organizations will not be funded more than once per semester.

The 18-19 Empowerment Fund Application is available now.

For More Information

For additional information about the Empowerment Fund, please contact Nina DuBose at (310) 338-2959.