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.
HSF Funding may be used to purchase materials to complete a project. Please consider sustainability when requesting materials (See Preferred Vendor list);
Promotional items are allowable only if justified as supporting a core aspect of a project or initiative on campus.
The HSF is funded by student fees and will be used to support not only student-led projects, but provide limited financial support for student stipends as determined appropriate by the HSF Committee. If a project is requesting funding for student compensation, the following funding preferences should be considered:
HSF will give funding preference to requests that support the creation of a formal internship under a faculty member or campus organization/department;
Compensation requests will only be considered when tasks are clearly outlined and completed during any paid time funded by HSF. In addition, applicants are encouraged to provide any additional information justifying the requested compensation amount in the budget template;
All compensation requests must include fringe into the final budget requested.
Large Infrastructure Projects
The HSF has limited funds for large infrastructure proposals, but when appropriate will invest in one-time transformational interventions in campus operations. The HSF cannot fund routine operations that would normally be covered by the larger university budget. When considering projects led by campus departments, preference will be given to projects demonstrating that they are not likely to be feasible or undertaken in the near future without HSF funding support, and can demonstrate that they will be operationally sustainable long term. Examples of projects include but are not limited to: implementation of larger solar panel arrays, creation of green spaces, university construction projects, etc.
The eligibility of funding for an event is at the discretion of the HSF Team. Any recurring event should show the following in order to be eligible for funding after the first award:
If using HSF funds to purchase more sustainable products or materials, the event organizer must provide use and waste reduction data to the HSF Team;
Quantifiable impact and student participation data;
Demonstrate improvement or new innovation upon the previous event.
HSF will only provide funding for research if the project has an actionable component on the UWT campus.
An actionable component could include a pilot project, educational session/demonstration/workshop, or feasibility study outlining specific actionable next steps.
The HSF cannot provide advanced payment for services;
The HSF cannot cover the labor costs expended by UW faculty or staff working on HSF projects;
Funding cannot be used to purchase gift cards;
The HSF will not fund food, drinks, or for-sale merchandise as a part of project budgets;
HSF will not fund any conference/training requests ;
The HSF cannot fund travel requests;
The HSF will not cover student tuition. Any projects including tuition requests will be denied;
The HSF will not fund projects that should be financed by another department without a thorough explanation;
The HSF will not approve funding for permanent positions;
The HSF will not fund projects that go against the guidelines of the University of Washington and local, state, and federal laws.
Additional Rules Governing HSF Funds
Any funds allocated to a project that has not started within 3 months of the indicated project timeline, may be rescinded by the HSF Committee and reallocated to other projects. Amendments to timelines may be submitted before the three month deadline;
HSF funds are not to be used for any purposes other than those outlined in the original application. Any change to fund allocation requires a submitted amendment and approval before official spending may occur;
HSF fund recipients must keep a full accounting of their expenditures and report the status of their budget and project at least two times a quarter. At the completion of a project, fund recipients will be expected to submit a full impact report outlining student leadership, student participation, awareness, and improvement of campus sustainability;
Requests for additional funding will be considered on a rolling basis by the HSF Team and voted on during quarterly HSF Committee meetings.
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.
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: December 1st, 2023
Winter: March 1st, 2024
Spring: May 10th, 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.
HSF Project Application Deadlines
Quarterly Accepting Application Window
Project Mid-Status Report Due (Only applicable for ongoing projects)
Project Final-Status Report Due (Only applicable for ongoing projects)
Sep 27, 2023
Nov 1, 2023
Dec 1, 2023
Dec 8, 2023
Jan 3, 2024
Feb 2, 2024
Mar 1, 2024
Mar 8, 2024
Mar 25, 2024
Apr 19, 2024
May 10, 2024
May 17, 2024
Applications Closed for Summer
May 11, 2024
Sep 26, 2024
Click the links found in the tabs below to submit an application form for the Husky Sustainability Fund.