Published: Jan. 26, 2017

The Environmental Improvement Initiative:

In the spring of 2005, students voted to dedicate a portion of student fees to implement on-campus projects incorporating renewable energy, energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction, and other innovative projects to reduce the University of Colorado Boulder campus impact on climate and environment.   Sustainable CU funds are used for: capital investment, the purchase of infrastructure necessary for the initiatives, installation of capital projects, educational displays related to the capital projects, and any other non-staff operating costs associated with the initiatives.  Particular attention is paid to initiatives created and led by students.  The Sustainable CU fund is administered by the Environmental Center.   Examples of previously funded projects are listed below.

Request for Proposals 2016-2017

Approximately $100,000 is expected to be available for disbursement in two funding cycles depending on the size of the project. 

Small grants program (up to $2,500)   
Applications are accepted via online form for small scale projects requesting $2,500 or less.  Small grants have a rolling deadline, so submit your application any time throughout the school year (September through mid-April) and Environmental Board will review it within the following weeks.

Small grants fund expenses such as infrastructure, contractor fees, consumables, and equipment rentals. Sustainable CU does not pay for applicants’ own labor. However, fees charged by third-party professionals, e.g., architects and electricians, are funded by the program.  Funded small projects must be fully executed within three months of the date of the award. An interim progress report must be submitted no later than six weeks after grant submitters have been notified that their project has been funded. Funding will be withdrawn if projects do not meet completion deadlines in the absence of a compelling written request for extension. A short final report is due once the project has been completed; 10% of funds will be withheld until the report is received. Guidelines for progress and final reports are available from the Environmental Center upon request.

Complete the online small grant application (or view it for additional information) by clicking here.

Large grants program (over $2,500)  
Large grant proposals are usually accepted and considered in two cycles each year, one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. 
For the current school year, large grant application deadlines are October 30th, 2016 and February 23rd, 2017.

Application guidelines and instructions for large grants, in a Microsoft Word document that can be used as a template, may by downloaded by clicking here.