Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

The Offices of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Provost invite members of the SMU community to apply for funding for programs and initiatives to advance and support two very important campus-wide initiatives:

  1. The President's Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention is charged with addressing substance abuse issues in the areas of education, prevention, enforcement, and assistance.
  2. Implementation Workgroup on Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures helps campus uphold SMU's commitment to fostering a healthy and supportive environment, to holding members of the community accountable if they violate the rights of others, and to providing care and counseling to the victims of sexual misconduct.

Funding recipients will be required to track their attendance through card swiping (as applicable), record spending, and submit progress and final reports during their year of funding. Additionally, for events, organizers must track attendance through Connect.SMU. Unused monies will be returned to the funding pool for reallocation.

Please note that your group MUST meet all the following criteria to be eligible for a grant:

  • Be affiliated with a SMU department or recognized student organization. We do not accept requests from individuals or research projects.
  • Have a primary focus on one or more of the areas mentioned above related to each group's mission.

Priority is given to funding programs in the following order:

  1. Programs related to compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
  2. Programs related to policy and procedure support
  3. Other programming proposals.

Each funding body highly encourages co-sponsoring programs and proposals who also have financial assistance outside of this request process. Please note, we do not fund position lines or other graduate assistant salaries from this fund however, we will accept funding requests that include paying students to work

Annual Application Process (Deadline closed) 

  1. Application form will open to the SMU community between March 15 and April 5, 2017. Please note, you must submit one form for EACH program/initiative.  You will need to include a budget proposal with your request. Please refer to the template for required information. 
  2. Completed applications will be reviewed by the sub-committee on funding.
  3. A comprehensive funding recommendation will be made by the sub-committee to the entire Commission. Once final decisions are made, applicants will be notified (in May).

Ad-hoc Funding Process (Open) 

  1. Application form will open to the SMU community in June and be available as long as funds are available. Please note, you must submit one form for EACH program/initiative.  You will need to include a budget proposal with your request. Please refer to the template for required information. 
  2. Completed applications will be reviewed by the sub-committee on funding and allocation decisions will be made within 10 business days of submission.
  3. Once final decisions are made, applicants will be notified via email. 

Application for funding for substance abuse-related programs and initiatives

Application for funding for sexual misconduct and bystander intervention programs and initiatives

Please direct any questions you have to Adam Cebulski, Director of Assessment and Strategic Initiatives for Student Affairs at acebulski@smu.edu.

Background Information 

Background on the President's Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention

SMU President R. Gerald Turner appointed faculty, staff, and student members to a newly-formed Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention on June 11, 2007 to examine efforts in the areas of education, prevention, enforcement, and assistance. At that time, Turner stated, “The considerable benefits of an SMU education and the entire collegiate experience should be enjoyed without the destructive influence of illegal and dangerous lifestyle habits. Prevention requires a partnership involving the institution, parents, and students themselves, as well as external law enforcement agencies and community leadership. All of us must do more, and more often, to make an impact.” The President Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention was formed in 2009 and has met quarterly each academic year since its founding chaired by the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Provost. 

Background on the Implementation Workgroup on Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures

By letter to the University community, dated September 28, 2012, R. Gerald Turner, President of Southern Methodist University, announced the formation of the President’s Task Force on Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures chaired by SMU Trustee Kelly Compton. President Turner’s letter stated, “SMU is committed to fostering a healthy and supportive environment, to holding members of the community accountable if they violate the rights of others, and to providing care and counseling to the victims of sexual misconduct. At the same time, we encourage respect for the rights of all concerned while investigations and processes unfold.” Within that framework, the Task Force, made up of SMU students, faculty, and administrators, along with community members representing law enforcement agencies and victims’ advocacy and support organizations, met over the course of the 2012-13 academic year to examine SMU’s process for responding to allegations of sexual misconduct and to recommend strategies for strengthening the University’s policies and procedures, and prevention and education efforts. The Task Force issued its final report to Dr. Turner on April 22, 2014, which included 41 recommendations addressing each of the seven areas in Dr. Turner’s charge. The implementation workgroup is charged with assessing the progress of putting those recommendations into action.