Supporting innovative ideas is a hallmark of higher education at U.Va. There are many opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to obtain funding for initiatives that advance sustainability.

Equity & Environment Fund

The Equity and Environment Fund, supported by the Civic Engagement Subcommittee, is available for students/student groups for community-based initiatives or projects that sit at the intersection of equity, justice, and sustainability. Proposals are now being accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more about the criteria for projects and how to submit a proposal. To see how proposals will be scored, see the Equity & Environment Fund Review Rubric

GIFT Grant

The GIFT (Green Initiatives Funding Tomorrow) Grant is funded by the Student Council’s Sustainability Committee with assistance from the Office of the Dean of Students. GIFT has provided tens of thousands of dollars for student sustainability initiatives since 2011, allowing students to solve sustainability challenges on Grounds through innovation and creativity. There is no deadline to apply as funding will be allocated on a rolling basis. Email completed applications to

Jefferson Public Citizens

The Jefferson Public Citizens (JPC) program inspires University of Virginia students to put their learning into action. It offers opportunities for U.Va. undergraduates, in collaboration with faculty and graduate student mentors, to design hands-on research projects that serve the public while advancing students’ understanding of today’s complex world. Many projects have a sustainability focus.

The Jefferson Trust

The Jefferson Trust, an initiative of the U.Va. Alumni Association, has funded several sustainability-related projects, including an inaugural set of 2015 Jefferson Trust Resilience Fellows.