Sustainability Fund

University of Maryland Sustainability Fund

Sustainability Fund Grants ($2,000 or more)

The University Sustainability Fund provides funding for projects that promote environmental sustainability, and positively impact and enhance the student experience at UMD. The Fund will allocate funds to projects that increase the use of renewable energy on campus and/or in the local community, increase the energy efficiency of our facilities, reduce the amount of waste created and material resources used on campus, encourage sustainable behaviors, and integrate sustainability into teaching, research, and service at UMD. The Fund is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee of the University Sustainability Council. More than 137 projects have received more than $2 million in Sustainability Fund grants since 2011.

Approximately $300,000 is available this year.

Submission deadline for next round of projects is October 15, 2020:

  • Open to all faculty, staff, and students
  • Get priority over proposals submitted for the final deadline
  • Receive grant decisions in December at the earliest
  • Open to all faculty, staff, and students
  • Allows everyone to use the full fall semester to develop proposals
  • Receive grant decisions in March at the earliest


Mini-Grants (less than $2,000)

Sustainability Mini Grants are intended to provide small grants (up to $2,000) to encourage the development or maintenance of projects or programs that improve the sustainability of the UMD campus and/or enhance opportunities for students to learn about sustainability issues. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply. The SGA Sustainability Committee will review applications as they are received and applicants will receive a funding decision within 30 days of submitting a complete application. A total of $10,000 is available each semester. Projects requesting more than $2,000 must apply through the University Sustainability Fund.

Applications are available/accepted from September 1-April 30. 


Watch our Big Ten Network video and read about the grant recipients to learn more about the type of projects that have received funding in the past.

Who Can Apply for Funds?

Students, faculty, and staff of the University of Maryland community can apply for funds to support projects that will advance the sustainability of the College Park campus. Students who apply for funds can do so on behalf of a student organization or to fund their own projects, however, a student applicant must have a faculty or staff advisor for his/her project. Follow the guidelines on this website to submit your application.

Project Criteria

Available on the project application. 


Project applications are reviewed by the Sustainability Fund Review Committee of the University of Maryland Sustainability Council. The Committee submits its recommendations to the full Sustainability Council, which decides which projects to fund.

It is highly recommended you contact the Office of Sustainability in advance of the application deadline to talk through your application before you submit it. Projects cannot be funded if they are not supported by essential stakeholders. For instance, you cannot propose to construct a green roof unless you have approval from the facilities group (Facilities Management, Residential Facilities, etc.) that manages that building.