Grants & Funding

Change, Please.

Note: all funds are currently on hold. Please email sustainability@ualberta.ca for more details.

We can help you finance projects that build a sustainable campus. University of Alberta granting programs are here to help students, support staff and academic staff get their ideas off the ground. Bring us your ideas—big, small, incredible, ambitious, simple, feasible, transformative—and we’ll guide you to the right fund.

Details on available funds are below.

Funds available

  • Green Grants

    Up to $2,000 per project

    Green Grants are provided to stimulate projects with measurable benefits and results at the university. Eligible projects could include demonstration sites, educational events, office green teams, bicycle clinics, skill-building activities, behaviour change programs, contests and challenges. Creativity is encouraged. Projects should incorporate bias-balanced approaches, collaboration and should lead to positive change.

    Funding for Green Grants comes in part from refundable beverage containers collected on North Campus. The Alberta Emerald Foundation is also contributing up to $400 per successful application to support projects led by youth (aged 25 or under) that focus on environmental work.

  • Green Labs Funding

    From $2,000 to $50,000.

    Labs have the opportunity to apply for funding to help cover the cost of implementing sustainable laboratory practices. Funding for Green Labs is made available through the Sustainability Enhancement Fund. The SEF provides support for those seeking sustainable solutions that reduce the environmental impact of research and lab activities.

    Projects may address one or more of the following areas: Energy and water efficiency; Sustainable lab supplies/purchasing; Recycling and waste-reduction; Chemical use and disposal; Lab user behaviours.

  • Sustainability Enhancement Fund

    From $2,000 to $50,000.

    The Sustainability Enhancement Fund (SEF) supports collaborative projects that improve the university's operational performance, foster campus engagement and/or demonstrate the viability of best practices and technologies. Proposals that develop collaborations between students, faculty and staff are preferred. Proposals that match funds from other sources or demonstrate that they will become self-sufficient over time may receive priority.

    Funding for the SEF is made possible by the university’s energy management program, Envision. Savings generated by energy efficiency and renewable energy are re-invested into the university community through the SEF.