2) You will receive an email with questions we would like you to further address and/or people you should contact. Please give us a few business days to review your pre-proposal.
Our Fall 2015 deadlines have now passed. We encourage you to submit a pre-proposal and later full proposal once we post our Spring 2016 funding deadlines.
Downloadable templates for our three proposal types are located at the bottom of this page.
1) Submit a pre-proposal application with your preliminary idea.
3) Make any necessary revisions.
4) Submit final proposal application by noon on Sunday, November 1st. Meanwhile, let us if you would like to come to our Sunday meeting from 4-5 pm in Wilder Student Union to discuss your proposal. If you can't make this time, please email us to set up an appointment.
Below are the downloadable templates of the Green Edge Fund's three proposal types:
Efficiency Loans are given for projects at the College that have clear and timely financial paybacks into the fund. The efficiency loans are not like a standard bank loan, where the borrower pays back with interest; instead, our “loans” are paid back with monetary savings achieved through efficiency improvements.
Sustainability Grants do not have any payback requirements. We expect them to be used without recovering any of our investment. Hence, these funds support projects that increase Oberlin's sustainability but don't produce easily quantifiable savings. Example sustainability projects include covered bike racks, a student operated garden, and a community renovation program.
Carbon Management Fund (CMF) Grants do not have any payback requirements, but do require a calculation quantifying the carbon saved through the project. Non-Recourse Carbon Investments are awarded based on the relative cost to offset a metric ton of CO2 or equivalent greenhouse gases by the project and an additional consideration of non-carbon related benefits resulting from the project.