Green Fund FAQ

Have questions about the CBU Green Fund, application process, or requirements? See the topics below!

Who can apply for a grant from the CBU Green Fund?

Current CBU full-time faculty, staff, or students can apply for funding. Student applicants are required to obtain a faculty or staff advisor, who must complete the CBU Green Fund Advisor Form and agree to serve as the supervisor for the project. Grant Applicants Apply Here

What is the maximum amount provided to fund a project?

$1,000 is the maximum. There is no minimum requirement.

When can I apply?

Applications for funding are accepted on a rolling basis. However, there is limited funding per academic year so we advise you to submit an application as soon as possible. The academic year begins on June 1st and ends on May 31st.

What types of projects qualify for potential funding?

There are three categories which fit within CBU Green Fund guidelines:

  • Education/Community Outreach
  • Research
  • Infrastructure Development

Projects will be considered on the folowing factors, including, but not limited to:

  • Education
  • Behavior change
  • Utility cost reduction
  • Resource savings

What are the reporting requirements of the Green Fund?

We want to ensure that our funds are being implemented responsibly. We also want to help promote your project. After your project has been approved for funding, you are required to submit two reports; one at the mid-way point of your projected timeline and one upon completion. You are also required to present a 5-10 minute PowerPoint about your project at the annual Earth Week Green Fund Symposium in April, where you will be joined by your peers and learn about the other projects supported by the CBU Green Fund. Your availability to media outlets at CBU (Connection, Galleon, Bell Tower, social media, etc.) is also greatly appreciated.

Can I reapply for funding if I did not get approved this year or if I want to do my project again next year?

Yes. If your project is not initially approved to receive funding you will receive a letter from the CBU Sustainability Committee stating the reason for the decision; your project may not meet the qualifications or you may be asked to revise your submission for future consideration. Successful projects may be available for funding again the next academic year, but you are still required to submit a new proposal.

Can my project be partially funded by another source?

Yes. You will need to disclose additional funding sources, if any, on your CBU Green Fund application. If you have additional funding available, we ask that you be conscientious in the amount of support you request from the CBU Green Fund.

If I am unsure about some of the costs, can I put estimates and then clarify those costs later?

The CBU Sustainability Committee needs to make informed decisions, so the more specific and accurate your budget projections, the better your chances of receiving funding. That being said, we understand the cost of some purchases are time-sensitive and will work to provide some flexibility in your budget if need be.

Still have questions? E-mail sustainability@cbu.edu for more information.