Created in 2021, the Husky Sustainability Fund (HSF) provides students with the opportunity to engage in their communities on campus and beyond, supporting initiatives that contribute to a culture of sustainability. We define sustainability “in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods and a better world for all generations” in alignment with AASHE (2020). Increased support for collaboration between students, faculty, and staff through HSF will allow students to play critical roles in the campus community and bring value to their voices and ideas. Driving sustainable programming into academics and campus operations, this fund promotes innovative project design and increased awareness of the ability to make real change on both individual and campus-wide scales.
Anyone requesting funding from the Husky Sustainability Fund must meet at least one of the following eligibility requirements:
UW Tacoma registered student
UW Tacoma RSO
UW Tacoma Faculty working with UW-Tacoma students
UW Tacoma staff working with UW-Tacoma students
All projects seeking funding from the Husky Sustainability Fund must meet the following basic eligibility criteria:
The project must address a social, environmental, or economic sustainability issue.
The project must directly impact the UW Tacoma campus or the surrounding community.
The person submitting the project must be a student, faculty, or staff member at UW-Tacoma.
Projects must provide the necessary documents, letters of support, and project authorization from relevant partnering departments prior to submission.
Types of Grants
A mini grant funds projects that are $1000 or less.
Mini grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout each quarter. Small-scale projects may include but are not limited to: making student events more sustainable, pilot or feasibility studies, sustainable materials, etc.
A large grant funds projects that are more than $1000.
Large grant applications are accepted for review once a quarter. Large grants are intended to fund projects that will be implemented in the following quarter and will likely need more approvals from campus departments and organizations. Large grants will require you to meet with a HSF team member before starting the application process.
Projects must directly benefit or impact UWT students.
Projects must demonstrate an application to sustainability: environmental, social, or economic.
Projects seeking funding within the same quarter as submitted must do so three weeks in advance of the planned event/project implementation.
Funding for events must incorporate/address at two pillars of sustainability.
Because of the dollar amount restrictions on mini grants, we will only consider funding personnel compensation on a case by case basis.
The HSF cannot fund any food or gifts.
The HSF Team accepts mini-grant proposals on a rolling basis throughout each quarter. You may submit requests and be approved for funding anytime during each quarter until the following deadlines:
Autumn: Applications closed for autumn quarter
Winter: March 6th, 2023
Summer: The HSF does not accept any requests during the summer quarter.
Projects requesting funding from the Husky Sustainability Fund will be evaluated based on how they address the following:
Three Pillars: Projects should address at least one sustainability pillar including environmental, social, or economic. A strong preference will be given to projects with heavy student participation.
Sustainable Impact: Projects should build a more robust culture of sustainability. Possible sustainable impacts can include:
Social sustainability: providing or expanding representation of underrepresented communities, interdisciplinary collaboration, wellness/health/safety, community engagement, and sustainable community building
Environmental sustainability: reducing carbon footprints, reducing resource use, biodiversity, improving habitats and living systems, and environmental justice.
Economic sustainability: reducing the ongoing adverse financial impact on the university, students, and the community
Student Involvement: Student initiated projects will be prioritized over all other projects. If staff or faculty is involved with a project, the roles of all individuals must be clearly outlined in the application materials. Projects must center student voices, needs, and demonstrate student leadership and involvement throughout the application process to be considered for funding.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Initiatives focusing on serving the diverse student body at UW Tacoma will be prioritized. All projects aiming to create greater accessibility, safety, and student wellness will be given priority during funding decisions.
Education, Outreach, and Behavior Change: All projects seeking funding must include an education/outreach component to help cultivate a more engaged and inclusive community. If a project is not visible or interactive, the education and outreach plan will need to include strategies for student awareness and provide a monitoring plan to ensure project transparency.
Feasibility and Accountability: Applicants must provide proper departmental/organizational approvals and demonstrate the necessary technical knowledge to complete the project. We encourage students to utilize the knowledge and support of a faculty or staff member. The Husky Sustainability Fund cannot provide significant funding for ongoing maintenance or staffing, therefore the project should demonstrate a plan to meet long-term needs.
The HSF Committee will only hold one voting meeting per quarter to review and vote on proposals. The application, voting, and notification deadlines are as follows.
Applications closed for fall quarter
March 6th, 2023
March 11-26: HSF Committee deliberation and final funding decisions
Click the button below to submit an application for the Husky Sustainability Fund.