The CSU-ERFSA Grant Awards Program

All CSU-ERFSA members in good standing whether faculty, staff, or administrators (a membership application may be made concurrently with a grant application) may apply for funds to support research and creative projects that are in accordance with the following goals: 1) Scholarly research on issues important to the retiree as a continuing member of an academic discipline or community, 2) Research and scholarly projects that contribute to the quality of life of the retirees in the University system, 3) Research and creative projects that contribute to a given academic discipline, 4) Research pertaining to the retirement concerns of faculty and staff within the California State University System.  Links to the complete guidelines for the Grant Awards Program and the application form are provided below.  Funds for the CSU-ERFSA grants are provided by the CSU-ERFA Charitable Foundation.  CSU-ERFSA makes a contribution to the Foundation in memory of each deceased member.  Individual members and friends also may make contributions to the the CSU-ERFA Foundation to support the Grant Awards Program.  Contributions can be made either by check or, in the case of members, by a monthly deduction from their CalPERS annuity payment.  (Contributions made by individual members and friends to the Foundation are tax deductible.)

A CSU-ERFA Charitable Foundation Donation Form for check or monthly deductions can be downloaded here. Credit or debit card donations to the Foundation also can be made through our page. Just click on the donation button at the upper right of the page. We currently hold a PLATINUM Seal rating from GuideStar.


Typically, one to four grant awards are made each year, and the grants range from a few hundred dollars to $1,000 in value, though larger awards are possible.  The total amount available for the 2018 grant cycle will be announced after the April 7, 2018 State Council Meeting.  Grant applications for the 2018 cycle may be submitted beginning July 1, 2018.  Please download the application form using the link below.

The deadline for the submission of proposals for the 2018 grant award cycle is October 31, 2018.  Proposals may be submitted anytime after July 1, 2018, but must be received by the October 31st deadline.  Notification of grant awards will be made in December of 2018.  Contact CSU-ERFSA headquarters at (818) 677-6522 for application materials, or for more information about contributing to the CSU-ERFA Charitable Foundation.

Please note that CSU-ERFSA grant recipients are required to submit a brief year-end report describing the results of their projects.  (We are in the process of preparing updated forms to reflect the recent name change and membership eligibility of our organization. Meanwhile the following forms may be used by all applicants.)

Grant Awards Program Flyer 2020 Cycle (PDF)

Grant Awards Program: Guidelines 2020 Cycle (PDF)

Grant Awards Program: Application Form 2019 Cycle (Word)

Grant Awards Program: Year-end Report Form (Word)