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What is a Green Grant?

NYU Green Grants are awarded to improve the university’s operational environmental performance, foster environmental literacy and community engagement, advance applied research and design, and demonstrate the viability of best practices and technologies for sustainability. The Selection Committee awards grants for the most feasible, impactful, and innovative projects that have potential for institutionalization on campus or self-sustainment. Green Grants should explore one or more of the following categories:

Operations: Projects that pilot innovative ways to improve material, physical, or infrastructural elements at NYU, from food service to energy reduction.

Engagement: Activities that foster a campus culture of sustainability, such as efforts to improve environmental literacy and projects which stimulate behavior change.

Research and/or Design (including entrepreneurial ventures): These projects must be integrated with the university campus or community through use of NYU as a test-bed for data collection, or by producing deliverables with potential to catalyze operational, academic, or cultural change at NYU.

Academic: Projects which improve the university’s capacity for educating around sustainability, including curricular initiatives.

Who can apply?

Current NYU and NYU-Poly students, faculty, and staff may apply as project leaders.

  • All NYU sites within the Global Network University are eligible for Green Grants.
  • Alumni, community organizations, and interested neighbors are permitted and encouraged to collaborate as members of project teams.
  • Eligibility details can be found in our Application Toolkit.
How do I apply?

When you have a “germ” of an idea, we suggest that you submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) so that our staff may help you develop a proposal for funding — We often can share useful advice, such as similar past projects, recommendations for where to site projects, and potential collaborators. You should read the Green Grants Application Toolkit and consider attending a workshop session.

When you’ve figured out all the details, you’ll fill out our proposal form and submit it by email before one of the monthly deadlines. The submission schedule, and other details on applying, can be found on the apply page.

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