Student Mini-Grants

The Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ENS) Program is pleased to offer mini-grants to ENS majors/minors for projects that further their research, civic engagement, activism and advocacy, and professional development. Funding may be used for travel to conferences, workshops, training, or for other professional development opportunities relating to sustainability.

Funding is limited. Mini-grants may be up to $250 for qualified proposals on a first come, first served basis to both individuals and groups. Grants are not for continued or recurring projects; mini-grants are designed to support new initiatives or to provide seed money for fledgling student organizations.

Questions about mini-grants should be directed to the ENS Program Director, Dr. Amy McFarland.

Application Process

Please fill out the application to be considered for a mini-grant, and email completed materials to [email protected]. Alternatively, the forms may be submitted in person to the ENS office (324 Lake Ontario Hall). We encourage submission of applications at least three weeks prior to the date of the proposed project.

Attach a detailed description of your overall project, including how the mini-grant will be used to support your project. Please explain how this activity and this grant will further your research, civic engagement, activism and advocacy project, and/or professional development.

Once we have received your application, please allow 2-3 weeks for review. Decisions, including the approval of the mini-grant, the amount, and how funds are to be distributed will be made by ENS Program faculty.


Please keep us updated on your project. Successful grant applications will be required to submit a short report to the ENS faculty detailing the outcomes of the project. This summary should be emailed to [email protected] or brought to the ENS office.

Additional Funding Sources

Students are encouraged to explore additional sources of funding to help cover the cost of their proposed activity. Some resources to consider are the Center for Undergraduate Scholar Engagement (CUSE), the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS), funding opportunities through the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Office of Sustainability Practices, and others.

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