Call for applications for Sustainability Grant Fund

Got a bright idea for to make the university more sustainable? $100,000 available

Last year, TRU only received six final applications for their $100,000 Sustainability Grant Fund. This year, students have until Nov. 16 to apply for the grant.

The grant gives students the opportunity to design and implement a project to advance the environmental, economic and social sustainability at TRU.

A still from from a video presenting the “Green Hands” project, a successful application from last year (Courtesy TRU)

A still from from a video presenting the “Green Hands” project, a successful application from last year (Courtesy TRU)

“You can ask for up to $100,000, but your project can be as big or small as you want,” said environmental programs and research co-ordinator James Gordon.

Students interested in pursuing a sustainability-related research project can also apply for up to $10,000 of the fund. An equivalent $10,000 is open for faculty research.

In the fall of 2013, $27,500 was awarded to fund four scanners and software licencing that enabled TRU to convert its paper-based student records into an electronic format. In the winter of 2014, the TRUSU Eco Club received a grant that allowed them to replace paper towel dispensers around campus with electric hand dryers.

TRU’s Office of Environment and Sustainability invested the remaining money from last year’s fund into a composter in the Culinary Arts building.

To apply for a grant, students need to submit a 500-word outline of their project or research idea to the TRU Office of Environment and Sustainability. If the idea is approved, applicants will have until Feb. 10 to write a full proposal. Students who need help getting started on a proposal can attend a grant-writing workshop on Nov. 27, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the TRUSU Lecture Hall.

Successful applicants have one year to spend their grant, and must submit mid-term and project-end reports to update TRU on their progress.

For more info on the grant, contact James Gordon at jgordon@tru.ca.