Ripple Effect offers grants for innovative ideas

CSU has always been a place of great innovation, where faculty and staff breathe life into pioneering ideas that change the way we solve problems around the globe. Now, thanks to a donor, the Ripple Effect has $50,000 in funding to support great ideas that can make CSU a better place for women to work.

All CSU employees are invited to submit proposals to the Ripple Effect that will further the mission of making CSU the best place to work or learn if you’re a woman, as well as improve the university for all employees. All ideas submitted will be considered, and funding will be distributed based on merit as evaluated by an awards committee with membership from faculty, admin pros and state classified staff, among others, with options ranging from awarding the entire sum to one idea that needs a high level of seed money to awarding numerous, smaller grants.

“Thanks to a generous donor, who has asked to remain unnamed, we’re able to take this next step in our quest to make CSU an even better place to work if you’re a woman,” said Amy Parsons, vice president for operations, who oversees the Ripple Effect. “If you have never written a grant proposal, don’t let that stop you. We are looking for great ideas from people who are working across the university.”csu_ripple_effect_final-stack-01

“Creating the model workplace for women – and all employees– requires the collaboration and thoughtfulness of all employees. We want your best ideas, and, because we want to foster creativity, we are not putting any constraints on the ideas that can be proposed. The sky is the limit – ask us for training, physical improvements, speakers, books, events, subsidies, programs or anything else you can imagine, and we’ll consider it.”

Grant proposals should be submitted via email to Katie Esquivel in the Office of the President by email at by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19. Awards will be announced the first week of the spring semester.

In support of this opportunity, the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity has scheduled workshops on proposal writing and have developed a proposal form (including a Spanish language version) to provide guidance on what to include in the proposal.

Workshops are scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3, in Clark C 217, and noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Clark C 146.

Lunch will be provided at the workshops and you will be asked to RSVP.

More information about the grant program, including a call for proposals, a template form for the proposal, and information about how to submit the proposal will be available on the Ripple Effect website at For more information, contact Lorie Smith at