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Anchor University Strategic Investment Grant Program

In his Fall 2018 address, President Robert Nelsen established the goal of establishing Sacramento State as an “anchor university.” As such, the University is committed to using its deep roots in the Sacramento region to develop relationships that are reciprocal and mutually beneficial and that will lead to long-term collaborations and partnerships that respond to complex community needs and challenges.

The Anchor University Task Force completed its work in Spring 2020 and in Fall 2020 the Anchor University Advisory Council (AUAC) was established. This Council has broad representation from campus units and is tasked with bringing the Task Force recommendations to fruition, responding to community needs, and creating inclusive and strategic partnerships with local and regional stakeholders. While the Council is still establishing its focus and initial year workplan, due to the generosity of the University Foundation at Sacramento State, the AUAC is able to offer Anchor Strategic Investment Grants for activities and projects that align to the Anchor University framework.

Any faculty member (tenured, tenure track, part-time), staff member, student, or student organizations is eligible to apply. To encourage deep connections within the community, applicants are required to engage with least one community partner (community organization, government agency, non-profit, school, etc.).

Grant Guidelines

Due to the limited nature of each award, Anchor Strategic Investment Grants are likely best used to continue or expand on current projects. However, it is possible to use a grant to initiate a new project, as long as the required criteria are clearly met.

There is a total $30,000 available for grants in 2021. The award maximum is $5,000 and the average award is anticipated to be $2,500 or less.

All applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. The AUAC hopes to announce grant awardees by early July 2021, enabling faculty, staff, and students to execute their grants between July 2021 and June 30, 2022. All awardees will be required to document how funds were used and advanced the University’s anchor mission.

All applications must be submitted here:

Anchor University Strategic
Investment Grants Program Application

Please contact Teresa Lerma Garcia at with any questions. Further details are below.

Application Requirements

  1. The proposed activities must connect to improved Sac State student success inside and outside of the classroom (e.g., are connected to a course, link to learning outcomes, incorporate a high impact practice, encourage student engagement and retention, or promote student well-being).
  2. The Proposed activities must advance equity, antiracism, and/or social justice in our community and/or on campus.
  3. All applicants should must at least one community partner (community organization, government agency, school, initiative, etc.) and describe how they will work collaboratively with them on project implementation.
    • This partner organization must provide a letter of support for the grant application.
  4. Projects must align with one of the following six sectors:
    • Pre-K - 12 Education
    • Health and Well-Being
    • Homelessness and Housing
    • Arts and Culture
    • Environment, Mobility, and Sustainability
    • Inclusive Economic Opportunity & Workforce Development

Preferred Grant Activities

  • The proposed activities expand opportunities for collaborative scholarship.
  • The proposed activities enhance Sac State students’ civic engagement skills.
  • The proposed activities augment a community partner’s research, evaluation, and/or service capacity.