New grant awards on hold for Chico

Funding from recently issued federal grants will not immediately be given to Chico State in the wake of the recent federal government shutdown.

The shutdown was caused by legislative gridlock that prevented Congress from passing a successful spending bill. The next day, many government agencies ceased operations.

How this will ultimately affect the California State University system is still being determined, said Mike Uhlenkamp, a spokesman for the CSU.

“Aspects of the system that rely on federal grants are campus-specific and are not necessarily a major concern for the university system,” Uhlenkamp said.

Federal grants that were distributed to Chico State before Oct. 1 will probably continue, said Joe Wills, a spokesman for Chico State.

Money from grants issued after that date will not be available until the shutdown ends, said Carol Sager, director of the office of research and sponsored programs.

If the shutdown lasts long enough, it could affect funding for the University Research Foundation. University Foundation,  an auxiliary organization that manages donations made to Chico State, Sager wrote in an email to The Orion.

The lack of federal grants will not have significant consequences for Chico State because most of the university’s money comes from state funding or student tuition, Wills said.

 

Aubrey Crosby can be reached at [email protected] or @aubreycrosby on Twitter.

 

Editor’s note: This article has been corrected to reflect that the University Research Foundation is the entity that Carol Sager referred to.