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Sustainability Grants

**Applications for Academic Year August 2015 - May 2016 are now being accepted.**

Application DUE December 9, 2014

The Sustainability Council of the Fashion Institute of Technology offers an annual grant-fund of $15,000 to support creative and innovative initiatives that help to infuse various aspects of sustainability into our college culture, curricula, operations, and physical environment. The fund is administered by the Sustainability Council.

Purpose of the Fund

The grant fund was created to support the development of a full range of sustainability efforts, including educational projects, scholarly research, creative endeavors, procedural changes, new technologies, new methods of operation, or professional activities.

Grant Awards

The fund’s annual budget is $15,000. The maximum grant awarded per project is $5,000, though smaller amounts may be requested.

Administration of the Fund

The co-chairs of the Sustainability Council administer the fund under the auspices of the Office of the President. The Sustainability Council Grants Sub-Committee – a subcommittee of the Sustainability Council – has established and may periodically revise the guidelines for eligibility and the procedures for grant selection. The entire Sustainability Council reviews all proposals and forwards its recommendations for selection to the president for final approval.

» Is your project eligible?  Does it meet the grant guidelines?

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Important Dates for Fund Year
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

º December 9, 2014 – Application DUE: Grant proposals must be emailed to in accordance with the Application Guidelines, by the end of the day.

º December 2014 - Feb 2015 – Sustainability Council reviews grant proposals.

º February 27, 2015 – Recommended grants delivered to the president no later than February 27 for final approval.

º June 30, 2015 – Grant awardees notified no later than June 30. (Awardees are often announced at the May Faculty Awards Ceremony)
Projects can begin as soon as awardees have been notified. NOTE: Purchases for goods and services may not begin until July 1, 2015. Purchases made before July 1, 2015 will not be reimbursed.

º February 15, 2016 – Tentative Project Completion Date (project completion date is flexible)

º March 15, 2016 – Tentative due date for written report on the grant-project outcome to be submitted to the Sustainability Council (or when project is completed).

º March or April, 2016 – Project Project presented at FIT’s Annual Sustainable Business and Design Conference (specific date to be determined); grant recipients may also be asked to present their project findings & results to the president at an upcoming Council meeting.

º June 30, 2016 – Purchases of all goods and services, in accordance with the Sustainability Council’s Administrative Guidelines, must be completed by June 30, 2016.

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