The Coastal Fund (CF) is created and funded by the students at the University of California, Santa Barbara in order to preserve and enhance the ecological integrity of the coastal habitats at the University. Given this charge, the CF seeks to provide the financial impetus for research, restoration, and educational projects that are in agreement with the CF’s Mission Statement.
Proposed projects must seek to advance the Coastal Fund’s Mission as defined in the CF Mission Statement and show a clear nexus to the UCSB shoreline area. Applications are welcomed from public and private entities seeking to carry out the proposed project within the shoreline of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Additionally, applicants may propose projects pertaining to shoreline areas within the Santa Barbara region if a significant relevance to UCSB’s shoreline and the CF Mission Statement can be demonstrated (educational benefit to UCSB student body). If you have received funding in the past, in order to be in good standing, you must have submitted a final report of your previous project to be eligible for additional funds.
The Coastal Fund supports projects that promote unique, hands-on learning opportunities in the form of internships for enrolled UCSB students. Coastal Fund encourages projects to utilize internships that provide course credit through a UCSB department as well as paid internships, but a student may not receive both payment and course credit for the same internship for a given quarter. Paid internships must constitute genuine learning opportunities and contribute to the overall success of the project. Some examples of valuable internships include research, outreach, and education, restoration, water quality or species monitoring, and project planning and coordination.
As a response to the state’s recent increase in the minimum wage by 12%, the Coastal Fund has respectfully increased the undergraduate and graduate student stipend rates. Coastal Fund now provides UCSB undergraduate students $375 per quarter as a moderate form of compensation in addition to the learning opportunity, with an expectation of intern-related work totaling at least 50 hours throughout the quarter. Grants for internship stipends are reserved for currently enrolled UCSB students. Currently enrolled graduate students are provided $450.00 per quarter as a moderate form of compensation. As an exception, UCSB students who graduate in June are eligible for internships during the summer immediately following graduation. However, such students may not continue their internship into the fall. On occasion there may be exceptions to this amount of funding, including factors such a substantial amount of additional work and/or unique experience requirements.
In some cases, the Coastal Fund supports projects that may require workers for various activities, and prefers to reserve worker positions for currently enrolled UCSB students. Worker positions are different than intern positions in that there are fewer responsibilities given to the student. Workers are paid on an hourly basis. As a general rule, student workers receive $11.00 per hour though specific skills and experience may allow for a higher rate of pay. Coastal Fund also funds “fringe benefits” for UCSB student workers to cover certain administrative costs, workers’ compensation, et cetera; these benefits are calculated at 3.1% of the hourly wage and should be included as a budget line item.
The Coastal Fund recognizes that both student interns and student workers require a degree of staff oversight and guidance to help with the learning process and project success. In some cases, Coastal Fund may provide funds for this. Compensation rate and time is dependent on a number of factors. Key general limitations are hourly compensation and the ratio of student hours to supervision time. Although funds may be secured for oversight, Coastal Fund does not consider general staff compensation, with very rare exceptions.