Grant Programs

The Sustainability Office initiates and supports collaborative research, study, and action on sustainability related topics both on and off-campus. Funding is available for both students and faculty under two different mini-grant programs.

For Students: Student Action Research (SAR) Grants

Student Action Research (SAR) grants allow students to apply for mini-grants in support of sustainability research and action initiatives both on and off-campus. Conference registration and travel expenses, summer research, and other relevant professional development opportunities qualify for funding eligibility (priority in this category will go to students either majoring or minoring in Environmental Studies). Students may also jointly apply in small groups for specific sustainability projects on campus.311832_243230409067989_1822950531_n _0

SAR Grants are typically awarded an average of $500.

Download: SAR Grant Application

Examples of previously funded SAR Grants:

Mountain Justice Summit weekend training/conference (6 students)

Mother Earth News Fair farming conference (4 students)

Bringing Adam Hall to speak on campus

Start-up funding for Greening Athletics project

For Faculty: Sustainability and Environmental Education Development (SEED) Grants


The Sustainability and Environmental Education Development (SEED) grant initiative offers funding and professional development for faculty interested in building sustainability content and curriculum into their courses or other work at the college. Teaching faculty may apply for funding to develop course content, interdisciplinary collaborations, and experiential education within their existing and/or new courses. Administrative faculty working on sustainability and environmental issues in the co-curriculum are also encouraged to apply and participate. The aim of the program is to "seed" engagement with sustainability and environmental issues across the curriculum and co-curriculum.Photo1

SEED Grants are typically awarded for $4000 or less for a single project.

Download: SEED Grant Application

Examples of previously funded SEED Grants:

Experiential Research trip to study Transportation in China

Mathematics and statistics curricular modules that integrate environmental science with social justice

Incorporating experiential Garden Design and Construction in a Japanese Gardens art history course

2014-2015 Grant Program Dates

Priority Deadlines
Apply by these dates to receive priority consideration for funding. Applications received by this date will be notified of grant awards within two weeks of the priority deadline. Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered as funds remain.

  • For Students: The SAR Grant Fall 2014 Priority Deadline is September 19th, 2014, for grants to be used during fall semester 2014
  • For Faculty: The SEED Grant Early/Summer Priority Deadline is May 31st for grants to be used during summer 2014 or the 2014-15 academic year
  • For Faculty: The SEED Grant Academic Year Priority Deadline is August 31st, 2014

Don't forget: Reports are due within 2 months of your project's completion. Fill out a report for a completed project online.

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