Think About Starting up a Service Learning Project: Sustainability Challenge Grant Deadline Oct 15

When I saw this announcement from Shane Tedder, UK’s Sustainability Coordinator, I thought: “Wouldn’t this be a great way to fund a community-based service learning project?”

Funding for sustainability-focused projects at the University of Kentucky is available from two campus initiatives: the Sustainability Challenge Grant program and the Student Sustainability Council.

Sustainability Challenge Grants

The Sustainability Challenge Grant program is designed to engage multidisciplinary teams from the University community in the creation and implementation of ideas that will promote sustainability by simultaneously advancing economic vitality, ecological integrity and social equity, now and into the future. A total of $100,000 is available with awards for individual projects ranging from $5,000 – $25,000 with the intention of funding 6-8 projects. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2014.  The Sustainability Challenge Grant Program was developed as a collaborative effort of the President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, The Tracy Farmer Center for the Environment and the Office of Sustainability. Funding for the Challenge Grant Program provided by the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Vice President for Research and the Student Sustainability Council.

More information, including application materials, is available at

Student Sustainability Council

The Student Sustainability Council (SSC) was formed to supervise the distribution of the Environmental Stewardship Fee – a $3.25 per student, per semester student fee – to responsibly advance the theory, practice and reality of sustainability at the University of Kentucky. Any member of the University of Kentucky community can submit a proposal for funding support. The SSC will distribute more than $150,000 for campus sustainability projects this year. Proposals are reviewed monthly and must be received by the first Sunday of the month  to be considered at that month’s meeting.  The respective deadlines are October 5, November 2 and December 7.Student Sustainability Council logo

More information can be found at

For more information on sustainability initiatives at UK, please visit


About Randolph Hollingsworth

An academic administrator at the University of Kentucky, affiliate faculty in the History Department and in Gender & Women's Studies, as well as with the UK Center for Equality and Social Justice
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