MWCE Grant Offerings

In an effort to create a greener and more equitable world and to promote a culture of sustainability on campus and beyond, the Miller Worley Center offers a variety of grants to support the College community. The grants are intended to provide opportunities for Mount Holyoke students, faculty, and staff to further develop their skills as environmental leaders, as well as the opportunity to exercise that leadership and innovation within our community. See the information below regarding the individual grant offerings and to learn about the application process. 

We are also happy to support students searching for fellowship opportunities by providing an introduction to the staff of the Fellowships Office. They have extensive resources for both undergraduate and graduate fellowship opportunities related to environment and sustainability work which you can find on their page.

If you have questions that are not answered below, please reach out via email to millerworley@mtholyoke.edu.

Professional Development Grants

The Miller Worley Center offers Professional Development Grants to make conferences and workshops more accessible to the community. These grants are offered to students interested in furthering their learning and networking opportunities within the scope of the Miller Worley’s Center’s mission. There are related conferences listed below but students can apply for funding for conferences or workshops that are not listed. 

Intended For: Students
Grant Amount: $500 per academic year
Application Deadline: Rolling, applications to be submitted at least one month in advance of conference or workshop
Grant Requirements: Completed application, a budget of expenses and funding sources, a faculty or staff sponsor, and a photo and short reflection post attendance 
Application Form: MWCE Grant Application

Additional Conferences 

Building a Better World: Women and Climate Justice 
Historically Black College and University Climate Change Conference
New Horizons in Conservation Conference
People of the Global Majority in the Outdoors, Nature, and Environment (PGM ONE) 
Society for Ecological Restoration World Conference

Sustainability in Higher Ed (AASHE) Conference

Beginning in 2020, the Miller Worley Center has supported the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) as a host institution for their annual global conference. As a host institution, all members of the Mount Holyoke community are able to attend the conference, held virtually, free of charge. The conference is typically held over three days in October and some conference resources are available prior to the conference closing. The AASHE conference is a great opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to explore sustainability and environmental justice in higher education. 

Intended For: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Grant Amount: Conference registration covered by MWCE
Application Deadline: In lieu of a grant application, individuals must register their interest in attending via the form below
Registration Interest Form: 2021 AASHE Conference Interest Form

Student Research and Independent Project Grants

The Miller Worley Center offers Student Research and Independent Project grants to support extracurricular student learning and innovation. Research and projects must be supervised by a faculty or staff member. To qualify, projects and research must be focused around the natural environment and/or sustainability, including environmental justice and the integration of DEI principles into sustainability work on campus and beyond. These grants cannot be used in conjunction with Lynk funding and cannot supper student research without a faculty sponsor. 

Intended For: Students
Grant Amount: Up to $1000
Application Deadline: Rolling
Grant Requirements: Completed application, one page description of project/research, a budget of expenses and funding sources, a faculty or staff sponsor, and a photo and short reflection post completion of research/project
Application Form: MWCE Grant Application

Speaker Grants

The Miller Worley Center offers Speaker Grants to support College members in offering opportunities for engagement with speakers from beyond our community. Faculty can use these grants to bring guests to speak to their courses. This funding can also support student organizations in bringing guests to speak to their groups. To qualify, the speaking engagement should focus on the natural environment and/or sustainability, including environmental justice and the integration of DEI principles into sustainability work on campus and beyond. Preference will be given to events with multiple sponsors or collaborators.

Intended For: Faculty, Staff, Students
Grant Amount: Up to $500, within College guidelines for honorarium
Application Deadline: Rolling
Grant Requirements: Completed application including a budget of expenses and funding sources
Application Form: MWCE Grant Application

Community Sustainability Grants

The Miller Worley Center offers Community Sustainability Grants to enable members of the Mount Holyoke community to help advance a culture of sustainability and environmental justice on campus and beyond. These grants can be used for small scale projects that aim to advance the College’s sustainability goals, including: reducing the environmental footprint of campus life and work, promoting environmental justice, and supporting a culture of sustainability. These small scale projects can vary widely but will likely all share a similar end goal of being institutionalized at the college. Grants awards will range up to $1000 depending on the scope of the project and its impact beyond the implemented time frame. 

Things to consider: 

  • Applicants are encouraged to reach out to the Center prior to submitting a grant application. In addition to general support, the Center might be able to provide essential information regarding similar projects or help make necessary connections with other College departments or offices. 

  • Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposal with other campus stakeholders prior to submission. If projects require a scheduling or time commitment from one or more College departments or offices (e.g. Facilities), there must be an agreement in writing before the application is submitted.

  • Applicants should realistically identify the budget and time frame needed for completing the project, as well as the scope of impact of the project.

  • Awarded funds can be used for materials and supplies to achieve project goals. Awarded funds cannot be used to pay faculty, staff, or student employee wages.

  • All College policies and procedures must be adhered to during implementation (e.g., procurement, health and safety, accounting).

  • The Center reserves the right to approve a portion of a proposal or to request additional information or a rewritten or amended proposal.

Intended For: Faculty, Staff, Students
Grant Amount: Up to $1000, depending on project scope and impact
Application Deadline: Rolling
Grant Requirements: Completed application, a detailed project description, a budget of expenses and funding sources
Application Form: MWCE Grant Application