Find Sustainability Funding

There are many funding opportunities for sustainabiltiy projects, research, initiatives, programs, and ways to expand our horizons at William & Mary. Many projects featuring the intersectionality of environmental, economic, social and well-being factors can find funding through the following sources and for additional information email us at

Sustainability Summer Curriculum Grants

The Committee on Sustainability is accepting proposals from W&M faculty to increase/incorporate sustainability content into an existing course that does not currently explicitly address sustainability. The course would be taught in Fall ’19, meet the level of “sustainability related” in the university’s course count and carry the SUST course attribute. The funds, $750/grant, can be used to support summer salary and/or supplies. See the request for proposals for more information.

Green Fee 

The Committee on Sustainability accepts proposals from students, faculty and staff each semester on projects that further the sustainability goals of William & Mary. Projects range greatly in size and subject, featuring research, community events and outreach, resource saving initiatives, wellness programs and much more.

Green to Gold Fund

The Green to Gold Fund is a green revolving fund established to reduce William and Mary's impact on the environment and to improve efficiency in ways that create measurable returns on investment, while also providing educational opportunities for students. A loan is awarded to departments for large scale sustainability initiatives, providing the initial investment needed for long term environmental and economic benefits. Student participation is encouraged.

Student Summer Sustainability Research Grants

Applications for summer sustainability research are accepted each spring from all continuing students of the College: undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Three awards will be made in amounts up to $5,000 each ($3,500 stipend and up to $1500 in research support), plus housing on the Williamsburg campus. An additional $250 will be awarded to the student's advisor in recognition of the advisor's contributions. 

Student Sustainability Conference Funding

The Committee on Sustainability accepts applications on a continuing basis for funding support to conferences. COS has designated $1250 per year from the Green Fee to support student attendance at sustainability-related conferences, applications must be received at least two weeks prior to the conference.


Faculty/Staff Sustainability Professional Development Funding

The Committee on Sustainability is piloting the funding of 3 faculty/staff professional development grants. Each of the three grants will be up to $300 to help faculty/staff expand their knowledge of sustainability in their particular area. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The goal of this funding is to help increase the application of sustainability across all areas of the university by empowering champions who will have a ripple effect across the campus. 

Community Engagement Grants

The Office of Community Engagement awards Community Engagement Grants (CEGs) each year to support students' involvement in community engagement during the academic year and over the summer and winter breaks.  The purpose of CEGs is to develop students as active citizens and to support communities in achieving their own goals. 


William & Mary's approach to crowdfunding! Qualifying projects should have the potential to transform William & Mary and have broader impact on local and/or global communities. Preference will be given to projects that incorporate collaboration between students and faculty/staff.

Commonwealth Center for the Environment

The Commonwealth Center for Energy and the Environment is concerned with the advancement of cutting-edge interdisciplinary teaching and research that integrates fully the capacity and expertise in the disciplines of policy and science within the schools, departments and programs at W&M.

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