Get funding for your creative projects and innovative ideas that advance sustainability.
The Green Grants program was established to support members of the NYU community in pursuing projects that 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. Any current student, faculty, administrator or staff member can apply.
Projects eligible for up to $20,000
The Green Grants Program awards up to $20,000 for the most feasible, impactful, and innovative projects that have potential for institutionalization or are self-sustaining. Applicants must submit an EOI and undergo a project consultation before applying for funding. Applications are reviewed by the Green Grants Committee and are accepted on a semesterly basis.
Projects eligible for $3,000 or less (Microgrants)
Microgrants of up to $3,000 are to support programs and projects that directly improve sustainability at NYU. Applicants must undergo a project consultation before applying for funding. Applications are reviewed by the Office of Sustainability staff and are accepted on a rolling basis. Microgrants may be used to pilot an idea, which can later be developed into a full Green Grant.
Climate Change Education En Español
Climate Change Education En Español (2020) is an interdisciplinary project that aims to address the inequities in climate change education by creating an interactive digital hub that will host resources in Spanish and/or resources designed with Latinx communities in mind.
Climate Connections at NYU (2019) is a two-day, university-wide workshop on climate change designed to both capture the entirety of the climate change question, and to make connections across departments and schools, strengthening our research and scholarship.
IDM.Grow (2020) is an integrated program committed to promoting sustainability and social justice within the design field by providing students the opportunity to actively engage in an impact-led design process. This program connects students with real stakeholders who are experiencing existing challenges related to agriculture and food access.
Natures at the Water's Edge: Teaching Tools For Urban Sustainability
Natures at the Water's Edge: Teaching Tools For Urban Sustainability (2020) will bring together an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students from NYU and Ludwig Maximilian Universität Munich (LMU) to investigate the social and ecological dimensions of New York City’s shifting coastline. A team of professors and students will produce an educational module that will highlight NYC as a case study to investigate key issues in sustainability along urban coastal systems that can be used in classrooms around the world.
Types of Green Grant projects
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.
How to Apply
Current NYU students, faculty, administrators and staff at any of NYU's global and study-away sites may apply as project leaders for a Green Grant. All microgrant team members must be internal to NYU and partner with an administrative department within the University for funding disbursal. For larger projects, alumni, community organizations, and interested neighbors are permitted and encouraged to collaborate as members of project teams.
Before you apply:
- Review our Green Grants Guidelines for detailed instructions.
- Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form and schedule a project consultation with the Office of Sustainability.
- After receiving feedback on your project, fill out the appropriate application:
Microgrant applications (for grants up to $3,000) are accepted on a rolling basis. After application submission, the Office of Sustainability will reply with a decision within 2 weeks.
Green Grant applications (for grants up to $20,000) are accepted on a semesterly basis. 2022-2023 deadlines:
- Fall deadlines:
- Expression of Interest deadline: November 27, 2022, 11:59pm ET
- Consultation deadline: December 22, 2022, 11:59pm ET
- Application deadline: January 9, 2023, 11:59pm ET