Green Energy Fee Grant Program: Apply

Important Dates | Application Process | Eligibility | Small Grants | Large Grants
Proposal Evaluation | General Requirements For Grant Proposals
Reporting Requirements | Forms, Documents & Guidelines

Important Dates

2015 Fall Quarter Idea Labs:

  • Check back at the beginning of the 2015 Fall Quarter for the updated Idea Lab dates/times

Other Dates to Remember:

  • Check back Fall Quarter 2015 for updated dates.


2015 Fall Quarter Small Grant Applications Due:

  • Please check back at the beginning of the 2015 Fall Quarter for small grant due dates (there will be two deadlines in Fall to submit small grant applications).

2015 Fall Quarter Large Grant Conceptual Applications Due:

  • Please check back at the beginning of the 2015 Fall Quarter for the large grant due date (there will be one deadline in Fall to submit a large grant application).

Application Process

gef application process


Western students, staff, and faculty member are eligible to apply for a Green Energy Fee Grant opportunity. Individuals or organizations outside of Western Washington University may not submit proposals.

Small Grants

The campus community can apply for Small Grants between $500 and $5,000. Small grants have a one part application process where applicant teams must complete the Small Grant Application and submit it to the grant program during one of the four application opportunities. The Green Energy Fee Grant Program makes every effort to award Small Grants within one month of the application due date. Project implementation may take place as soon as the grant is awarded. All 2014-2015 Small Grant awardees must fully implement their grant project by May 15th, 2015 regardless of the date they applied for the grant. Up to $40,000 in Small Grants will be awarded in the 2014-2015 academic year. The small grant application can be found below under Forms, Documents & Guidelines.

Large Grants

The Large Grants Program offers grants between $5,000 and $300,000. Large grants require a two part application process beginning with a Conceptual Application due first. If project teams are asked to continue on to write a Final Application, project teams must meet weekly to create a comprehensive proposal complete with a preliminary budget, design, and outreach plan in the Large Grant Final Applications. Depending on the project specifications, project implementation will likely take place between May of 2015 and May of 2016. Up to $300,000 in Large Grants will be awarded in the 2014-2015 academic year. The large grant Conceptual Application can be found below under Forms, Documents & Guidelines.

Proposal Evaluation

Projects funded through the GEF Grant Program are evaluated based on their ability to:

  • Increase Student Involvement and Education
  • Reduce the University's Environmental Impact
  • Create an Aware & Engaged Campus Community

All proposals are reviewed and considered by the GEF Committee, which is comprised of students, staff and faculty representing various campus interests.

General Requirements For Grant Proposals

All proposals submitted to the GEF Committee must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Student proposals must include a staff or faculty sponsor.
  • Proposals must address an issue concerning Western Washington University's environmental impact.
  • Proposals must have a visible educational benefit to Western's student community.
  • Proposals must include student participation and involvement.
  • Projects must receive all necessary written approval by the appropriate University administration or departments before final submission.
  • The GEF Grant Program is not intended to fund any proposals which were previously required by state or federal law, university policy, or contractual agreement.
  • The GEF shall not fund operational, maintenance or ongoing costs.
  • Proposals must have a method for evaluation and follow-up after the allocation of funds.
  • All allocated funds must be spent within the proposal's approved timeline, unless otherwise approved by the GEF Committee. Ideally, proposals will have a timeline of one year or less.


Reporting Requirements

Awarded project teams will be required to:

  • Meet on a regular basis with the GEF Grant Program Coordinator to discuss project status.
  • Submit a Project Update* report to inform the GEF Committee of your project status
  • Submit a Project Poster* for presentation to the campus community
  • Submit a Final Report* for the GEF Grant Program

*Templates and instructions for the Project Poster and Final Report can be found below.

Forms, Documents & Guidelines



Current Location

GEF Program > Apply


Nate White, GEF Grant Program Coordinator
Phone: (360)650-4501

Kyle Wunderlin, GEF Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (360)650-4501

Ryan Peterson, GEF Education Coordinator
Phone: (360)650-4501

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