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Sustainability Fund 2021-2022

Next application dates to be announced in September

Got a great idea for a sustainability themed project/ initiative? The Sustainability Fund provides for funding up to €5,000 for each successful project. Each project application will be reviewed by a committee and successful applicants will be chosen to receive funding to realise their idea. 

Funding is available through the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Low Carbon Living, for new projects that improve campus sustainability and encourage more sustainable behaviours. Proposals are welcome from staff and/or students. Projects that are student-led or involve student participation are encouraged.

The objectives are:

1. To seed new initiatives that enhance campus sustainability

2. To enable behaviours that will benefit the environment on campus and throughout life

3. To enhance communication and education on sustainability

Please complete the form available here and submit by email only to mhallaha@tcd.ie.

Guidelines for application

  • Projects must have an objective that will benefit campus sustainability, including education about or enhancing awareness of sustainability issues, and enable more sustainable behaviours on and off campus
  • Proposed projects should have a justified budget of up to €5,000; exceptional arguments can be made for budgets in excess of €5,000 but this will only be awarded in exceptional cases
  • Project proposals should indicate which of the nine sustainability areas outlined in the Sustainability Report the project addresses
  • Projects must have a start date between one and six months following the application deadline
  • Proposals must specify a project start date and end date; a description and itemised budget; and must indicate what deliverables (i.e. concrete results) the project will provide/create
  • A review panel consisting of a sub-group of students and staff from the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Low Carbon Living will review and select the projects to receive funding
  • Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the panel’s review within two weeks of the application deadline

Projects that have previously been funded include:

  • Establishment of Trinity Green Labs programme
  • 3D printing of cuvettes using recycled plastic, School of Physics
  • A sustainability fair in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute 
  • Partial funding of a bike repair station 
  • Establishment of EnviroLend - free dishware loan scheme for student societies.
  • Provision of pocket ash trays to smokers, to discourage cigarette butt waste

Follow-up on funded projects

Any project in receipt of funding will need to provide the following, upon completion of the project:

  • Photos illustrating the success of the project/event /initiative
  • A paragraph describing the outcome of the project and what results were achieved (e.g. number of people who were engaged by the project; ripple effect (if any); lessons learned for future projects/ initiatives)

The application form for proposed projects to be funded through the Sustainability Fund can be found here.