NYU Green Grants are awarded to improve the university's operational environmental performance, foster environmental literacy and community engagement, advance applied research and design, expand sustainability learning opportunities, and demonstrate the viability of best practices and technologies for sustainability. The Green Grants Selection Committee awards up to $20,000 for the most feasible, impactful, and innovative projects that have potential for institutionalization on campus or are self-sustaining.


Workbench with student

Funding for the ITP Energy Workbench will provide lab equipment to simulate outdoor light conditions in order to assist the development of solar-powered student projects at ITP.

Disassembled electronic components

Teardown is a series of workshops that study the deconstruction, maintenance, repair, and repurposing of electronic devices and components. The workshops will combine hands-on deconstruction and repurposing, which will supplement class work and support the development of student work, and discussion around the theory related to waste, capitalism, ecology, new materialism, critical making, and new terms in this realm.

Students working on indoor aquaponic farm

Urban Food Labs is a course offered at Tandon which builds off of the previous grant project, We Are The New Farmers (2017). It will give students the opportunity to lead independent projects related to an aquaponics system and incentivize community engagement to create a future generation of professionals interested in community development.



What kinds of projects are eligible to receive a Green Grant?

Green Grants are up to $20,000 and awarded to projects that seek to advance campus sustainability initiatives or enact social-entrepreneurial ventures. Green Grant projects should explore one or more of the following categories:

  • Operations: Projects that pilot innovative ways to improve the material, physical, or infrastructural elements at NYU.
  • Engagement: Projects that foster a campus culture of sustainability.
  • Research and Design: Projects that can be integrated within the university campus or community through use of NYU as a testbed for data collection, or by producing deliverables with potential to catalyze operational, academic or cultural change at NYU. These projects include entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Academic: Projects that improve NYU's capacity for educating about sustainability, including curricular initiatives.

Who can apply for a Green Grant?

Current NYU students, faculty, and staff at any of NYU's global sites may apply as project leaders for a Green Grant. Alumni, community organizations, and interested neighbors are permitted and encouraged to collaborate as members of project teams.

How do I apply for a Green Grant?

Please review our Green Grants Guidelines for detailed instructions.

We recommend that you first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form so that NYU's Office of Sustainability can help you develop a formal proposal for funding. 

After receiving feedback on your EOI, fill out the Green Grants Proposal Form (.DOC: 106 KB) and email it to before the next deadline.  

When are the Green Grant proposal deadlines?

Green Grant proposals should be submitted to

Below are the due dates for the Fall 2019 semester:
Sunday, October 6th, 11:59pm: 1st application deadline | award notification by October 25th
Sunday, November 3rd, 11:59pm: 2nd application deadline | award notification by November 22nd
Sunday, December 1st, 11:59pm: 3rd application deadline | award notification by December 20th