Published: Jan. 18, 2018
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Do you have an idea to make the CU Boulder campus more sustainable?

The Sustainable CU fund is a portion of student fees which students voted to use to implement on-campus projects incorporating renewable energy, energy efficiency, recycling and waste reduction in Spring 2005. Since then, these funds have been used to launch pilot projects, create different kinds of gardens on campus, make videos and other educational materials, buy more efficient appliances in many applications across campus, and many other things that have reduced the overall campus carbon footprint.

Particular attention is paid to initiatives created and led by students. 

The Sustainable CU fund is administered by the Environmental Center.

This spring, the Sustainable CU Large Grant (over $2,500) Application deadline has been extended this year to March 23, 2018.

Large grant proposals are usually accepted and considered in two cycles each year, one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. 

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.

The application guideline document contains eligibility, requirements, submission format, and evaluation criteria and timeline information.  If desired, this budget template can be used and submitted as an appendix to proposals (saved first as a PDF and attached with the completed application).  Large Grant application, budget and attachments are submitted by email before posted deadlines to

Full Sustainable CU Large Grant Application details

Remember, Small Grant applications (less than $2,500) are accepted throughout the school year (September through mid-April).