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Student grant funding process

The application period for the 2016-17 academic school year is now closed.

1. Preliminary proposal

The first step in applying for a Be Spartan Green Student Project Fund grant is to submit a Preliminary Proposal Application (PDF). The purpose of this step is to help you get organized. It demonstrates that you've thought your idea through, although you may not have worked out all the details. Submitting a well-organized pre-proposal is a critical step in the grant application process. Incomplete pre-proposals will not be considered.

2. Review

Pre-proposals will be evaluated based on the potential for positive impact by the Director of Sustainability and content experts. Students whose pre-proposals are recommended for support will be invited to develop a full project proposal for funding consideration. 

3. Invitation and development of full proposal

Once an invitation has been made, the student or group will be guided through a collaborative proposal development process specific to the selected project. This may include creation of project drawings, selection of specific equipment, work estimate requests or consultations with campus experts. At this point, formal letters of support and required approvals will be secured.

4. Selection for funding

The Director of Sustainability, working with campus sustainability and content experts, will review proposals and recommend a selected few for funding. Selection will be based on how well the proposed project engages students and makes measurable progress toward one or more of the university's sustainability goals. Please see the following resources for details regarding these goals:

5. Funding timeline

If your project is selected for funding, you will conduct your research over the course of one year, which begins the date that you receive funding and ends a year from the start date, unless your team is granted an extension by the Sustainability department.

6. Project status update

Halfway through the project year, you will receive an email requesting a project status update for your project. It must include two to three paragraphs that summarize your current progress towards your project goals. At this time, you will also receive a reminder about the due date for your final project brief. Project status updates can be submitted to

7. Final project brief and presentation

Using the project brief template (docx), submit the results of your project as a PDF to by your identified final project brief due date. The final brief should be 5 to 8 pages in length and include the objective of your project, the methods used, findings, conclusions and any recommendations for further application of your research.

You are also required to present your final project to the Sustainability department. After submitting your final project brief, we will work with you to schedule a presentation date.