Adams Sustainability Staff Grant

As part of the Adams Sustainability Celebration, three grants of $5,000 each are available to U of T staff members to advance sustainability on campus. The approach to sustainability we take here addresses both human and environmental wellbeing (instead of simply focusing on reducing environmental damage), in accordance with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Eligibility Criteria

Current U of T staff members from any faculty and campus across U of T can apply for this grant. The individual or group should have a keen interest in sustainability and a concrete plan to advance sustainability on campus, or within their unit.  Their plan may include engaging other students, faculty, staff and/or alumni.  

Evaluation Criteria

Individuals/teams will be considered for the grant based on their demonstrated leadership in sustainability and the following parameters:

  • The degree of innovation, originality, and viability of the plan (including a realistic timeline).
  • Demonstrated competencies and supports needed to implement the plan. 
  • An explanation of how the idea will enhance sustainability on campus (impact).  
  • The overall contribution of the individual/team to sustainability initiatives on campus.

Application Process

Submit a brief one-page description of your sustainability interest and plan, which must take place between February – December 2023.  This plan should be between 400-600 words and include details about the positive contributions the initiative will make to U of T sustainability efforts, plus a detailed budget on how the funds will be used.  

Interested individuals or teams can apply themselves, nominations are not required. Applications should be emailed to under the subject line: Adams Sustainability Staff Grant Application no later than November 30, 2022 at 11:59pm.

Review and Notification

The applications will be reviewed by the Committee on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability (CECCS) Secretariat. The winners will be notified via email by January 31, 2023, and announced at the Adams Sustainability Innovation Prize Competition and Award Ceremony scheduled for March 3, 2023. Winners will be expected to provide a brief 3-minute presentation of their plan at the event. Winners will also be asked to submit a brief report with copies of receipts detailing how the grant money was spent by February 29, 2024. Note that the grant money will be transferred directly to the staff member’s department. Unused portions will need to be returned to CECCS, unless there is a clear plan to spend it.