Our new Quick Fund Awards process allows faculty and students to apply for small grants (less than $1000) that will support experiential learning in the same semester (or the break just before the semester begins). Please read the FAQs for more info about this process, and submit projects as early as possible to ensure funding source is secured.
In the summer of 2011, the Mason administration approved the creation of the Patriot Green Fund (PGF), which is a $100,000 per year sustainability fund that is devoted to making Mason's campuses more sustainable through facility improvements and student research projects.
One of the most unique and innovative components of the PGF is the emphasis it places on student participation. Students not only comprise the majority of the PGF Committee, but can also directly apply for funding to lead their own projects when supported by a mentor.
This site provides details about the fund's eligibility, application process, and deadlines. In addition there is extensive information on the fund's origin, the PGF Committee and its incredible members and current and past PGF projects. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Committee.
Any student, faculty, or staff member may apply for funds to support a sustainability project. Please see Apply for Funds or the new Frequently Asked Questions page for more details about the type of projects that will be supported by the PGF. Some important notes:
Research projects must have an undergraduate or graduate student leading the project - research projects led by faculty alone are not eligible.
Facility projects requesting over $20,000 are strongly encouraged to apply for other grants and/or obtain funding from other Mason departments.
Students leading facility projects are strongly encouraged to locate a faculty or staff mentor outside of the PGF Committee.
Deadlines for Submission
Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, but are only reviewed and approved four times per year (funding permitting): October, December, February, and April. Projects submitted in April will not be eligible for current year funding, but for the following year, so please get your applications in early.
Please see Apply for Funds for more details about the deadlines and expectations for submitting a project proposal.