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What is the Independent Residence Development Fund (IRDF)?

The IRDF is a special MIT fund that offers targeted grants and low-interest loans to help FSILGs acquire, maintain and improve their properties, make their residences accessible to student with disabilities, and weather continuing financial challenges.

The financial generosity of FSILG alumni/ae is vital to the health of the fund. A side benefit for donors: Unlike direct gifts to an FSILG, gifts to the IRDF are tax-deductible and count toward Class Reunion and MIT giving totals. For information on how to support the IRDF, visit for donors.

The fund grows in three ways:

  • donations from FSILG alumni/ae
  • interest from existing IRDF loans to FSILGs
  • earnings from the IRDF endowment

The IRDF offers several kinds of direct funding assistance for FSILGs:

  • construction loans
  • minor project grants
  • major project grants
  • annual educational operating grants

In addtition, the IRDF periodically supports FSILG community-wide initiatives such as the fiber optic FSILG connection project and the Safety, Licensing, and Inspection (SLI) program.

You can view more detailed, downloadable FAQs here.

For more information or clarification, please contact:
Scott Klemm, Executive Director, FSILG Cooperative, Inc. (FCI)
sklemm@fsilg.coop or 617.452.4053
Pamela Gannon '84, Director of FSILG Alumni Programs, MIT Division of Student Life
pmgannon@mit.edu or 617.253.4951

The following FAQs focus on the annual Educational Operating Grant program.
More detailed guidance can be found by reviewing the IRDF Policies and IRDF Guidelines.

What is the IRDF Educational Operating Grant Program?
The Educational Operating Grant (EOG) program was developed in response to the continued financial strains on many FSILGs. The annual grants help organizations cover operating expenses assciated with their educational facilities.

What is the difference between the IRDF Educational Operating Grants and IRDF Project Grants?
The Project Grant program is intended to fund capital construction or renovation costs. The Operating Grant program is intended to support annual operating expenses related to the educational areas of an FSILG student residence.

 Who applies for the Educational Operating Grant?
As with the other IRDF programs, the alum house corporation applies for the EOG. The grant application must be signed by representatives from both the alum house corporation and the undergraduate membership.

How do we apply?
Applying for an Educational Operating Grant is easy. The FCI sends the EOG form to the alum corporation after the conclusion of your FSILG's fiscal year. A sample form can be found here.

Where do we submit the application?
You submit your application to the FCI. We recommend that you review your application with Scott Klemm, FCI Executive Director, before submission.

How does the Educational Operating Grant program work?
Over the course of a fiscal year, your organization keeps track of operating expenses for the house. At the end of the fiscal year, your organization completes the EOG application itemizing those expenses. The percentage of expenses that apply to the educational areas of your house (library, computer room, etc) is automatically calculated. The IRDF Educational Operating Grant reimburses your organization for a percentage of those educational operating expenses, according to current IRDF policies.

How do we determine the educational area percentage for our house?
Your house's educational area percentage is determined by applying a specific formula, using figures taken from accurate scale architectural plans of the property. The current numbers typically run between 6-25 percent of the total square footage. All FSILG residences have been measured and had their areas calculated at MIT's expense. You can find your educational area percentage and floor plans for your house in your FCI online locker. If you have questions, please contact Scott Klemm.

How can we get a copy of the floor plans of our house?
Contact Scott Klemm, FCI Executive Director at sklemm@fsilg.coop or 617.452.4053.

Can we get guidance on completing the EOG application?
Yes. We recommend that review your application with Scott Klemm before submission.

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