Bates Green Innovation Grant

How It Works


Our new grant program helps the Bates community get involved in sustainability work on campus – Bates Green Innovation Grants. Here’s how it works:

1) Identify a problem or something you’d like to see the college change in the sustainability realm.

2) Come up with an innovative solution to the problem.

3) Submit your solution via the form below.

4) The Bates Committee for Environmental Responsibility, made up of faculty, students and staff will award the most creative and impactful solutions money to make their project happen. The funding range per project is roughly $200-$2000.


The Details

The following list of characteristics/criteria will be used to evaluate the strength/fundability of the proposals. We are looking for projects that are:

Sustainable – the project should move the college forward in an area of sustainability, some of which include:

  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Water
  • Food

Innovative – should be a creative yet grounded way to solve a particular sustainability problem.

Impactful – since we have limited funding, we are looking to invest in a project that will give the biggest bang for our buck. Measurable outcomes are encouraged, as well as projects with a favorable return on investment.

Embedded – the project should be embedded within the larger organization, to ensure the success of the initiative.

Autonomous – after it is completed by the recipients, the project should be relatively autonomous, so that it is not drain on staff and faculty resources into the future,. If this is not the case, the applicant should make a business case to justify continued staff or faculty effort.

Synergistic – more weight will be given to projects that have a synergistic component to them. For example, infrastructure projects that also include components of behavioral change, outreach, or education will be favored over projects with more one-sided effects.

Collaborative – projects that represent a collaboration between students, faculty and/or staff are encouraged.

Longevity – we want this project to have a lasting effect on the college.

Proposals which incorporate “sustainability in education” will also be considered, provided the criteria listed above are strongly represented.  Examples of this may include (but are not restricted to) inviting a speaker to campus, or requesting funds for equipment needed to teach about sustainability.

When possible, project leaders are encouraged to seek matching funds from elsewhere (i.e., department or program budgets).

Applications are due Nov 17th. Projects must be completed or autonomous by: May 25th.  Project leads, if they are awarded money, become managers of the project – that is, they get to implement the project themselves – coordinating events, purchasing of items, etc., with support from the Sustainability Office.

Award funding ranges from roughly $200-$2000 per project. 

If you have questions, please email Tom Twist at


Application Form