1. When and how was the CAFES committee established?
  2. Where does the CAFES funding come from?
  3. Is the fee mandatory?
  4. What kinds of projects does CAFES support?
  5. Do other universities have similar funds?
  6. Who can apply for funding?
  7. I need funding for a different kind of project. Where can I go?
  8. When can proposals be submitted?
  9. How is the fund administered?
  10. What is a "p-card holder"?
  11. What is a “stakeholder”?
  12. How can students apply to be part of the CAFES committee?
  13. Where can I find the CAFES logo for advertising?

1. When and how was the CAFES committee established?

In April 2014 ASWU Senate voted on a proposed The Green Fund constitution and held a campus-wide referendum where a majority of voting undergraduate students supported the establishment of The Green Fund program.

Five years later in March of 2019, the 2018-19 committee voted to change the name of the program from "The Green Fund" to the "Community Action Fund for Equity & Sustainability" (CAFES) in order to better represent the overall mission of which has expanded beyond sustainability measures and has now encompassed and become centered around social justice and equity related efforts.


2. Where does the CAFES funding come from?

Willamette University's Community Action Fund for Equity & Sustainability program is supported by a $25 per student per semester fee. Currently only non-ASP undergraduate students and students from the AGSM and Law Schools are charged the fee.

The fee is entirely optional, see below.


3. Is the fee mandatory?

Students are automatically charged the fee but are provided with an opt-out option each semester if they do not want to support the program. If a student opts out of the fee in the fall they will be automatically opted out in the spring as well. Deadlines for opting out are set approximately two weeks after the beginning of classes each semester and all students are notified via email about a week before the deadline.


4. What kinds of projects does CAFES support?

The fund supports a diversity of proposals developed by students, staff, and faculty of CAS, MBA and LAW that advance sustainability, equity, and social justice in the Willamette community. Examples range from installing an apiary out at Zena Farm to funding social justice speakers to supporting the mentoring of underrepresented students. Since CAFES is supported by student fees (CAS, MBA, & LAW students), the Committee prioritizes proposals that provide benefits to students and the Willamette Community as a whole.

View Past Projects


5. Do other universities have similar funds?

The Community Action Fund for Equity & Sustainability Committee builds on the experience of over 150 universities that have established similar funds over the past ten years. Many are student-fee based and most put students in decision-making roles to fund projects that can be proposed by students, staff, and faculty.


6. Who can apply for funding?

The Community Action Fund for Equity & Sustainability Committee accepts proposals from students, staff, and faculty. CAS, MBA, and LAW students may apply for funding and they may collaborate with staff and/or faculty as needed. Students are welcome to collaborate with other students, faculty or staff from different schools at Willamette (e.g., undergraduate groups collaborating with graduate school groups). As CAFES is a student fee, faculty and staff projects are encouraged to include elements that provide benefits to students and the Willamette Community as a whole.

If applicable, those writing proposals may find it helpful to consult with non-voting members of the CAFES Committee or our proposal consultant who can help share ideas for how a proposal may fit with university policy, planning, and practice.


7. I need funding for a different kind of project. Where can I go?

Even though we are open to all kinds of ideas, there are some projects that are better suited for other types of funding. Below is a list of contacts for alternative funding sources on campus.

List of alternative funding contacts:

If you’re looking for funding for an internship or summer experience, try contacting:

Specific departments:

  • Associated Students of Willamette University (ASWU)
  • Willamette Events Board (WEB)
  • Residence Hall Association (RHA)
  • CLA Faculty Fund to Enhance Student Learning (CFFESL)
  • Convocation


8. When can proposals be submitted?

See the Apply for Funding page for more information about submitting proposals. The committee reviews received proposals after two deadlines each semester.

Spring 2021 deadlines:

  • February 12th
  • March 19th
  • April 16th


9. How is the fund administered?

The program is administered by a committee of voting students and non-voting advisory staff. The Willamette University Sustainability Institute is the administrative home for the program. Details about committee actions and processes can be found in the CAFES bylaws.


10. What is a "p-card holder"?

A "P-Card holder" is a staff or faculty person that has a University credit card that allows them to make purchases through the University’s accounting system. For proposals, a P-Card holder should be someone who is willing to assist the proposal authors in needed accounting related tasks such as purchasing or hiring for a project.


11. What is a “stakeholder”?

A stakeholder is someone on campus (generally an employee or faculty member) who has a vested interest in the implementation and continuation of the project. Reach out to all stakeholders early on in your proposal development to make sure they're on board, and try to find folks from different parts of the Willamette community.


12. How can students apply to be part of the CAFES committee?

The current committee will solicit applications from students in late spring to fill the committee positions for the following school year. Two students on the committee are also ASWU representatives: the Senator Representative and the Sustainability Advisory Board Representative. The Law Student Representative and the AGSM Student Representative are appointed by the SBA President and the ASA President respectively. Students interested in being part of the Committee may send an email to <community-action-fund> for more information.


13. Where can I find the CAFES logo for advertising?

You can download the logos here:

  1. CAFES logo light blue
  2. CAFES logo white

Willamette University

Community Action Fund for Equity and Sustainability Committee


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